Ketel Marte, 30, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has been named the American League Championship Series MVP.
Marte started at first base and went 1-for-5 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on June 25. Arizona won the game 4-2 and advanced to the World Series with a 4-3 victory.
Marte, who was somewhat quiet in the game, still managed to get a hit, extending his postseason hitting streak to 16 games. In the 2017 postseason, Marte went 4-for-17 with one home run, two doubles, four RBIs and a 1.236 OPS, and he’s been just as hot this year, going 3-for-5 with two home runs, seven RBIs, six runs scored, two doubles and a .986 OPS in 12 games. He has hit safely in every fall ball game he has played so far.
MLB.com highlighted Marte’s postseason hitting streak, saying, “Marte didn’t just help lead Arizona to the World Series, he set a postseason record with a 16-game hitting streak en route to being named the National League Championship Series MVP.” In the League Championship Series, Marte batted 3-for-8 in seven games (12-for-31) with three doubles, two runs scored, one stolen base and a .987 OPS.
The 16-game postseason hitting streak is tied for the fourth-longest in Major League Baseball postseason history. According to MLB.com, “Marte’s 16-game postseason hitting streak is the longest since Marquis Grissom in 1995-1996. He is one game shy of the all-time record. Manny Ramirez, Derek Jeter and Hank Bauer have hit safely in 17 consecutive postseason games.” “I was just trying to give back what I’ve been given,” Marte said. Thankfully, it worked out,” said Marte, who was happy to reach the milestone.
“Ketel is a special player,” said Corbin Carroll, who went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored in the game. There have been times this year when I’ve thought, ‘How the heck am I going to pitch to this guy?’ He’s showing that right now. It’s something really special.”스포츠토토
Philadelphia pitchers have had a hard time containing Marte. “He has a really fast swing,” said Aaron Nola. You really have to be on top of your game against him. You have to change speeds. His swing is really good right now,” he emphasized.
Arizona narrowly missed the postseason this season, finishing with an 84-78 record and the third wild-card spot in the National League. They swept Central Division winner Milwaukee (92-70) in two games in the wild-card series, then swept the NL’s second-best team, the Dodgers (100-62), in three games in the division series. They also swept the Phillies to advance to the World Series for the first time in 22 years since winning the 2001 World Series. “We just have to keep winning. We just need to win four more games,” Marte said of his hopes of winning the World Series.