Per a discussion at Fangraphs regarding Delmon Young and his 3 HR performance in the Division Series, here's a look at all players who hit at least 3 HR in the Division Series and how they went on to perform in the subsequent Championship Series.
I count about 6 duds to 9 gems.
Conclusive evidence that hot streaks exist in the playoffs...
Here are players who similarly hit 3 HR in the LCS and their OPS in the subsequent World Series:
The results here are about 50/50.
Something about this post has been nagging me, so I'm going to edit it even if it's almost 5 months later.
Simply assigning each performance as stud or dud doesn't cut it. What needs to be done here is a comparison to each series performance with that player's regular season numbers, because if a hitter is truly 'locked in" he is by definition performing above is typical talent level. Some of these series heroes were good hitters to begin with, and we should keep that in mind when evaluating their performances.
So I'm adding a new chart that includes each player's Regular Season OPS (RS OPS) and how that number differs from their CS OPS and WS OPS. It's completely and totally unfair to Larry, who is long gone by now. And it's especially unfair because the the new data severely hurts his case, and he is not here to defend it. But it's got to be done, my brothers and sisters. It's got to be done by god, in the pursuit of truth.
PLAYERS WITH AT LEAST 3 HR IN A DIVISION SERIES
And the those who hit 3 HR in the Championship series:
PLAYERS WITH AT LEAST 3 HR IN THE LCS