Playoff Update: How Are Former Indians Players Doing?


The Indians might not have made the playoffs this year, but some former Tribe players have had the honor of playing this October. A total of seven onetime Cleveland players were on postseason rosters during the ALDS and NLDS (not to mention guys like Bartolo Colon and Aaron Laffey who helped their new teams reach the playoffs but didn’t get to participate in them). Here’s a look at how they did in the first round:

Ben Francisco (Phillies). The hero of Game 3, Francisco took Jaime Garcia deep with a pinch-hit three run homer in the seventh inning as Philadelphia won, 3-2. The only other plate appearance he got was a flyout in Game 2.

Cliff Lee (Phillies). Lee took the mound for Philadelphia in Game 2 and took the loss, allowing 5 runs on 12 hits in six innings. Still, in typical Lee fashion, he struck out nine Cardinals and allowed only two walks.

Victor Martinez (Tigers). Martinez hit .222/.300/.389 with one home run and 3 RBI in 20 plate appearances in the ALDS. His solo shot in Game 4 was the only run Detroit scored in the Yankees’ 10-1 rout, and his RBI single in Game 5 gave the Tigers their necessary insurance run in their 3-2 win.

Jhonny Peralta (Tigers). Peralta had a lackluster ALDS, hitting .222/.300/.333 in 20 PA’s. Yet his RBI double in Game 3 made the difference in Detroit’s 5-4 victory.

CC Sabathia (Yankees). Sabathia made three appearances for New York in the series: in addition to his Game 3 start, he pitched two innings before the rainout in Game 1 and threw an inning and a third as part of Joe Girardi’s revolving door of pitchers in Game 5. Overall, he didn’t perform very well—racked up 11 strikeouts, but also posted a 6.23 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP in 8.2 innings of work.

Kelly Shoppach (Rays). Shoppach’s bat exploded in Game 1—he hit 3-for-5 with two homers and 5 RBI as Tampa Bay cruised to a 9-0 victory. All in all, he hit .400 with a 1.000 SLG in 11 PA’s.

Jake Westbrook (Cardinals). Has not yet appeared in a postseason game.

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