- Player A: 5 starts, 5-0, 0.92 ERA, 44 Ks, 4 BB, 0.72 WHIP, average game score of 76, opponents’ line of .176/.206/.265.
- Player B: 5 starts, 5-0, 0.80 ERA, 53 Ks, 8 BB, 0.71 WHIP, average game score of 83, opponents’ line of .157/.199/.242.
- Player C: 5 starts, 4-1, 0.86 ERA, 52 Ks, 8 BB, 0.76 WHIP, average game score of 79, opponents’ line of .170/.213/.444
Player A is Josh Beckett in his last five postseason starts, dating back to his Game 6 shutout of the Yankees in the 2003 World Series. Player B is Bob Gibson in his best stretch of five postseason starts, encompassing the 1967 World Series and his first two starts of the 1968 series. Player C is Sandy Koufax over his five best starts, the entirety of the 1963 and 1965 World Series (Koufax actually had six consecutive starts that were exceptional; I took the best sequence of five).
Now consider that the MLB average OPS in 1968 was .639. In 1965 it was .683. And the average OPS in 2007 was .758.
We will be talking about this performance by Josh Beckett for decades to come.