Carlos Correa continues to silence his detractors with his bat. Tonight, in the Astros’ 10-5 victory against the Athletics on Game 1 of the ALDS, the Puerto Rican added another brilliant chapter to his postseason resume as an answer to CC Sabathia’s comments from last week, when he called Correa a “clown.”
Correa went 3-for-5 with two home runs, four runs batted in, two scored runs, and two strikeouts on Monday.
He became the first shortstop with multiple multi-homer games in the history of the postseason. Before this performance, he was tied with Rico Petrocelli, Alan Trammell, Rich Aurilia, Alex González, Jhonny Peralta, Didi Gregorius, and Fernando Tatís Jr. The other time he sent two over the yard in the playoffs was on October 12, 2015, during the ALDS against the Royals.
“I was able to hit a homer on the last game of the season in Texas. That’s when everything started to click and it’s been translated to the postseason,” Correa said after the game.
But his historic game didn’t end there. This was the third time in his career that Correa has recorded at least four driven in during a postseason game. It happened before in 2015 and 2017. That’s the second-best mark in history, tied with all-time greats such as Yogi Berra, Steve Garvey, Hideki Matsui, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, and Jim Thome.
The only player to register four four-RBI games in playoffs history is Shane Victorino, who did it twice in 2018 and twice again in 2013. Correa is still young enough (26) to think he can surpass the Flyin’ Hawaiian.
Going back to the Game 5 of the 2019 World Series, Correa has a six-game hitting streak in October baseball. In that span, he’s hitting for a .435 batting average, thanks to 10 hits in 23 at-bats, with one double and four dingers, plus eight ribbies and five runs.