Daniel Murphy in the month of October is simply explained as a remarkable run by an unremarkable player. As the Mets get set for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Kansas City, the question remains can Murphy and the Mets stay this hot.
In 38 postseason at-bats, Murphy has 16 hits, 7 HR and 11 RBI and has scored 11 runs. He has had just twelve swing and misses up until this point of the post-season. He has hit a home run in 6 straight post-season games, a new MLB record.
The longest consecutive homer streak that he has previously was two games. He is the first player since Lou Gehrig to have a hit, run batted in and run scored in seven consecutive postseason games. Over the course of his career, Murphy hit a home run every fifty-four at-bats. In the postseason, Murphy is hitting a homer every five at-bats and has hit them off of the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester. He has been remarkably hot and has even transformed himself into a heady base runner and a good fielder. Who would’ve thunk that?
It has been the month of Daniel Murphy. We embrace it in New York City when we watch our players perform their best when the most is on the line. That is why the Mets fan and this city have fallen in love with Murphy. It is no longer about questioning his baseball IQ or his defense or base running, it is now about his power and his brilliance. His October is that of legend. We are witnessing an individual run that will never be forgotten and hopefully can be capped off with a World Series title. With the individual success and Murphy and others, the Mets now know team success.
For the Mets, they swept away the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Powered by their young arms, the Mets have made the most of their October opportunity. They so thoroughly outplayed the Cubs in the NLCS, you questioned what and who you were watching at times.
Since 1985, when the Championship Series was moved to seven games, teams that have swept it are 1-6 in the World Series. The only team to win the Fall Classic was the 1995 Atlanta Braves. Obviously, history does show that maybe there is something to the extended break and stopping momentum. If you are the Mets brain trust, you hope that this remarkable run continues.
Who would have thought the Mets would be here? Who would have thought Daniel Murphy would turn into Roy Hobbs in the post-season? Who would have thought Matt Harvey would regain the trust of the Mets fan base and earn the Dark Knight nickname once again? Who would have thought the Terry Collins bashing would stop and he would become a manager that has clearly connected with the fan base and has pushed all the right buttons? Who would have thought this, the New York Mets are the favorites to win the World Series?
When the series gets going Tuesday night in Kansas City, that is indeed the case. This is why you watch sports, for these types of special moments when the unexpected happens. When the right trades for veterans are made to improve a team that is crying out for help, when the power arms show they do not need experience and blossom in the post-season right before our eyes, or when an organization that has preached patience finally bears the fruit of that patience -- that is where we are right now. The Mets have grabbed the attention of Major League Baseball. The Mets have arrived and it is fun to see. Why not just go out and win the damn thing, I believe they will which would be Amazin’.