In Game 1 of the 2023 World Series, Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis Garcia and Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte both tied Major League Baseball playoff records.
Garcia tied David Freese’s single-postseason record for RBIs with 21 in his first plate appearance of the World Series, a single off D-backs starter Zac Gallen in the first inning. He went on to drive in 22 RBIs in the postseason, surpassing Freese’s mark and setting a new all-time record.
Marte tied the record for the longest hitting streak in postseason history with 17 consecutive games. He singled off Rangers starter Nathan Eovaldi in the fifth inning to extend his streak, which began in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Marte’s streak was snapped in Game 2 of the World Series.
Garcia’s and Marte’s accomplishments are even more remarkable considering that they are both relatively young players. Garcia is 28 years old and Marte is 29 years old. They are both in the prime of their careers and have the potential to achieve even more greatness in the playoffs in the years to come.
Garcia’s and Marte’s performances in the 2023 World Series are a reminder of the excitement and unpredictability of playoff baseball. Anything is possible when the best teams in the world compete for the championship.
In addition to their individual records, Garcia and Marte also helped their teams reach the World Series. Garcia was a key contributor to the Rangers’ run through the American League playoffs, and Marte was a star for the Diamondbacks in the National League playoffs. Both players are deserving of their recognition as playoff greats.