He’s produced a 1.308 OPS in seven postseason games, home runs in four consecutive games, all of which have come against Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Jon Lester, and Jake Arrieta, three of the four National League Cy Young Award contenders.
All of his home runs have meant the difference for the Mets. All of his home runs have helped carry them right through the Division Series and to Chicago with a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series.
He has been the club’s MVP in the playoffs. He’s 10-for-28 with a double, five home runs, eight RBI.
“This is a good group. I think we’re having a whole bunch of fun right now, ” Murphy said Sunday night.
If they get to the World Series, he will be the reason why that happens. All of the pitching in the world might not matter if Murphy was having even a Murphy-like run through the postseason.
He’s been their miracle and inspiration for seven postseason games. There’s been nobody like him for any other team right now. One might think this epic performance on baseball’s biggest stage might sway the Mets to consider retaining Murphy beyond 2015, the last year they control him.
After all, there’s the science of baseball which is measured statistically, and then there are the intangibles Murphy clearly brings to a playoff-caliber team, neither of which can be ignored. And, his stock is only rising with each act of heroism on a nightly basis.
But the Mets stance remains unchanged, according to a report from Kristie Ackert in the Daily News, as the club continues to maintain their position of letting Murphy go at the end of the season.
“He’s been great, really great,” a club source told Ackert, “but it changes nothing.” Continue reading