Chiefs vs. Chiefs in MLB Post-Season
Saturday night, while watching the Oakland – Detroit game and seeing 2007 Chiefs pitcher Al Alburquerque face 2008 Chiefs catcher, turned 3B Josh Donaldson I was curious as to how many times that had happened. So the research was done and here is the list of the 27 occurrences when a former Chiefs pitcher faced a former Chiefs batter in the MLB post-season. Stats and some interesting notes at the bottom of the table.
|10/3/1995||NLDS||1||Greg Maddux||Atl||Joe Girardi||Col||1b, go, dp|
|10/7/1995||NLDS||4||Greg Maddux||Atl||Joe Girardi||Col||K, dp, 1b|
|10/21/1996||WS||2||Greg Maddux||Atl||Joe Girardi||NYY||Go, Go, Go|
|10/26/1996||WS||6||Greg Maddux||Atl||Joe Girardi||NYY||3B (RBI/R), 1b, go|
|10/2/1997||ALDS||2||Heath Slocumb||Sea||Rafael Palmeiro||Bal||2B|
|10/4/1997||ALDS||3||Heath Slocumb||Sea||Rafael Palmeiro||Bal||1B (R)|
|10/7/1997||NLCS||1||Greg Maddux||Atl||Devon White||Fla||K, K, go, fo|
|10/12/1997||NLCS||5||Greg Maddux||Atl||Devon White||Fla||HBP (SB/R), K, K|
|10/3/1998||NLDS||3||Greg Maddux||Atl||Brant Brown||CHC||go (PH)|
|10/10/1998||NLCS||3||Greg Maddux||Atl||Wally Joyner||SD||BB, fo, fo|
|10/3/2000||NLDS||1||Greg Maddux||Atl||Placdo Polanco||StL||1B (3RBI), 1B|
|10/3/2000||NLDS||1||Greg Maddux||Atl||Rick Ankiel||StL||fo|
|10/3/2000||NLDS||1||Rick Ankiel||StL||Greg Maddux||Atl||BB (R)|
|10/9/2001||NLDS||1||Gene Stechschulte||StL||Mark Grace||Ari||1B|
|10/16/2001||NLCS||1||Greg Maddux||Atl||Mark Grace||Ari||dp, go, go|
|10/20/2001||NLCS||4||Greg Maddux||Atl||Mark Grace||Ari||fo, 1b (RBI)|
|10/14/2006||ALCS||4||Dan Haren||Oak||Placdo Polanco||Det||go, 1b, dp|
|10/22/2006||WS||2||Tyler Johnson||StL||Placdo Polanco||Det||HBP|
|10/2/2011||NLDS||2||Jason Motte||StL||Placdo Polanco||Phi||fo|
|10/4/2011||NLDS||3||Jason Motte||StL||Placdo Polanco||Phi||1b|
|10/5/2011||NLDS||4||Jason Motte||StL||Placdo Polanco||Phi||fo|
|10/10/2011||NLCS||2||Chris Narveson||Mil||Albert Pujols||StL||go|
|10/10/2011||NLCS||2||Chris Narveson||Mil||Yadier Molina||StL||fo|
|10/16/2011||NLDS||6||Chris Narveson||Mil||Albert Pujols||StL||HR (RBI/R)|
|10/16/2011||NLDS||6||Chris Narveson||Mil||Yadier Molina||StL||IBB (R)|
|10/10/2012||ALDS||4||Al Alburquerque||Det||Josh Donaldson||Oak||lo|
|10/5/2013||ALDS||2||Al Alburquerque||Det||Josh Donaldson||Oak||K|
- Hitters are 13-for-43 (.302) with 1 home run, 1-2b, 1-3b, 6rbi, 5r, 5-bb, 2-hbp and 1 stolen base (Devon White). Pitchers have six strikeouts.
- 2000 NLDS Game 1 is the only post-season game started by ex-Chiefs pitchers on both team as Rick Ankiel (STL) opposed Greg Maddux (ATL). The Cardinals won as Ankiel got a no-decision and Maddux took the loss.
- In the 2008 NLDS Game 1 two ex-Chiefs pitched on opposing teams, but both out of the bullpen. Greg Maddux (LA) and Jeff Samardzija (Cubs) each threw an inning but did not face each other as a batter.
- Chiefs teammates have faced each other as well. Yadier Molina and Chris Narveson were teammates in Peoria in 2002 winning a MWL Championship. They faced each other in the 2011 NLCS with Molina flying out in Game 2 and walking/scoring in Game 6.
- The ex-Chiefs to face each other the most in the MLB playoffs? Greg Maddux (1985) vs. Joe Girardi (1986). Those two faced each other in the 1995 NLDS and 1996 World Series. Girardi did not play in the 1999 World Series game Maddux started. Overall Girardi was 4-for-12 (.333) with a triple, RBI, run and strikeout against his former Cubs teammate.
There you have it, here’s hoping for a few more ex-Chiefs vs. ex-Chiefs matchups this month as Al Alburquerque and Darin Downs could face the three Oakland A’s this week (Coco Crisp, Josh Donaldson, Daric Barton) or in the ALCS with potential Tigers-Rays or A’s-Rays matchups. Unfortunately there aren’t any ex-Chiefs as pitchers in the NL playoffs so we won’t get any matchups in the NLDS, NLCS or even World Series.