After yet another playoff appearance in 2012, Derek Jeter has now played in 158 career post-season games, essentially an exact full season. Looking at his numbers, the results are staggering.

So, first, take a look at his basic numbers:

G:  158
PA: 734
AB: 650
R:  111
H:  200
2B:  32
3B:   5
HR:  20
RBI: 61
BA:  .308
OBP: .374
SLG: .465

So, yeah, that’s awfully good for a guy who batted primarily 1st and 2nd in the lineup. The .374 OBP is awfully nice, as are the 111 runs scored.

But keep in mind which pitchers he’s faced–all playoff pitchers. These guys are, on average, better pitchers since they are members of playoff teams.

Here’s a list of some of the pitchers Jeter has faced most often in the playoffs. The key is plate appearances in the regular season plus playoffs (RS+PL), regular season only (RS), and playoffs only (PL).

                RS+PL   RS      PL
Pedro Martinez	121	99	22
Derek Lowe	80	61	19
John Lackey	91	75	16
Aaron Sele	81	67	14
Curt Schilling	71	57	14
Tim Wakefield	133	121	12
Cliff Lee	52	41	11
Johan Santana	49	38	11
Greg Maddux	28	17	11
Freddy Garcia	48	38	10
Bartolo Colon	51	42	9
Tim Hudson	44	35	9
Josh Beckett	104	96	8
Kevin Appier	58	50	8
Darren Oliver	54	46	8
J Verlander	49	41	8
Brad Radke	53	46	7
Al Leiter	45	38	7
Scott Erickson	67	61	6
Ervin Santana	55	49	6
Jarrod Washburn	51	45	6
Mark Mulder	41	35	6
Tom Glavine	39	33	6
Randy Johnson	17	11	6

There are an awful lot of good names on that list, which makes sense since these are guys who pitched their teams to the playoffs. I found more than 200 plate appearances against star pitchers in the playoffs, and that’s before we even look at the small numbers against lots of great closers. I have to think that this is a much better quality group than Jeter (or anybody) faced in a single regular season.

So, yeah–Jeter’s good.

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