What’s next for the legend of Daniel Murphy?
The new Mr. October?
History will make that determination. But Daniel Murphy’s run in the 2015 postseason is among the most legendary playoff performances in baseball history.
Though this is not abnormal to see, especially Murphy who, when he’s hot he’s almost impossible to get out.
But this is on another level.
The fact Murphy is doing this in the postseason – and hitting so many home runs at that – so rarely happens to the point he became the first player ever to homer in six straight postseason games with his blast in game four at Wrigley Field.
But who could have imagined it was going to happen with the Mets 30 year old second baseman?
It’s most certainly perfect timing for him, as the clock is ticking louder and louder towards his free agency.
Murphy is currently riding a nine-game playoff hitting streak which has carried the Mets offense right into the World Series. He slugged two doubles, seven home runs, and drove in 14 in his first nine postseason games, much of which was more than good enough to earn him the NLCS MVP award against the Cubs.
But his bat has been hot for more than those nine games.
In his last 27 games overall, Murphy is hitting .360 with nine doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 25 RBI.
Even Murphy is at a loss for words over his performance.
“I can’t explain it,” Murphy said Wednesday night. “It’s just such a blessing to be able to contribute to what we’ve been able to do. I really can’t explain it. It’s just a complete blessing, and that’s the only way I can describe it.
“I’m excited to be able to do something to help us win ballgames, but I can’t explain it,” he concluded.
We have seen Murphy, who’s often been complimented as a professional hitter by his manager and coaches, get really hot during points of his career. He can be streaky on both sides of the pendulum, as is the case with a lot of good hitters in the league.
But aside from the fact it’s the postseason, this is unquestionably Murphy’s best 30-day span of his career, thanks in large measure to the unprecedented power he’s displayed.
What’s more, Murphy is doing a lot of this damage against Cy Young-caliber pitching.
This postseason alone, he has homered off of Clayton Kershaw twice, Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, as well as Kyle Hendricks and Fernando Rodney.
In that Division Seties, the Mets were tasked with facing both Kershaw and Greinke not once, but twice in their best-of-five series.
Murphy accumulated a line of .333/.333/.810 with a double, five RBI and three home runs in that series.
But Murphy was only getting started against Los Angeles’ vaunted pitching staff.
When the Mets advanced to the NLCS, Murphy and the Mets were tasked with facing Lester and Arrieta twice in their best-of-seven series if it went long enough.
This is when the legend of Daniel Murphy and the 2015 Postseason really began to grow, and he would make sure himself they would not have to face Chicago’s horses again.
In the four game sweep, Daniel Murphy hit an astonishing .529 with a .556 OBP and 1.294 SLG.
Said Murphy, “Each time I’ve been able to put a swing on a ball and it goes out of the ballpark, I feel like I’ve been in stretches where I’ve put good swings on balls, but they’re singles and they’re doubles.”
If this keeps up, he can also become the new Mr. November.
Again, it’s perfect timing for the soon-to-be free agent.
We have seen what happens when a player gets hot and carries a team. It happened to the Mets when they acquired Yoenis Cespedes this past summer. They rode his hot bat and it was one of the crucial reasons the Mets were so successful in the dog days of summer.
Now, it’s Murphy’s turn to be that guy for the Mets, but of course this is coming at a much more crucial part of the season.
It’s hard to see Daniel Murphy continue with this extremely hot streak that has propelled the Mets into their first World Series since 2000. But that’s the beauty of the postseason and these short series: you never can tell what might happen from pitch-to-pitch.
But even if he is 80 percent of what he was in the first two rounds of the playoffs and the pitching continues to perform at this level as well, there’s a good chance there will be a parade in lower Manhattan in a few weeks.
All thanks to the greatest single postseason performance in Mets history, and perhaps baseball history.