In the aftermath of the Phillies' five-game shellacking of the Dodgers in the NLCS last week, I heard a bit of trivia that had previously escaped my attention. When Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley drew a walk early in Game Five, he tied the record for reaching base in the most consecutive postseason games. It was his 25th straight, and it tied a mark that had been unmatched for 38 years. The previous record holder was your friend and mine, Mr. John Wesley Powell. Of course, Boog did the deed in the first 25 games of his postseason career, whereas Chase was shut out in his postseason debut before picking up the slack in game number two. The slugging first baseman victimized pitchers such as Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Tom Seaver, and Catfish Hunter. Chutley's hit list isn't nearly so gaudy, but I suppose he'll get the last laugh if he can scratch out a hit or a walk in the first game of this year's World Series...whenever that may be.
If you'd like to see more statistical heavy lifting on this subject, check out the edifying Roar from 34 blog.