Former IU baseball star Kyle Schwarber struggled in the National League Divisional round of the playoffs earlier this month.
But the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder is off to a torrid start in the NLCS.
Schwarber has hit three home runs in the first two games of the best-of-seven series with Arizona, including two on Tuesday evening in connection with a 10-0 Phillies win.
With those two home runs, Schwarber has tied New York Yankees legends Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle with 18 postseason home runs — the most by a lefthanded batter in Major League Baseball history. And while Jackson earned the nickname “Mr. October” for his fall performances, Schwarber has arrived at 18 in fewer postseason games (60) than Jackson (77) or Mantle (65).
Eight years earlier, he clubbed a solo home run in his second postseason at-bat, which helped the Cubs defeat the Pirates in the 2015 NL Wild Card Game. He smashed five homers during that year’s playoffs before one-upping himself with six during the 2022 postseason.
Schwarber also owns the record for most leadoff postseason homers with four.
Philadelphia leads the series 2-0.
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