Daniel Murphy on postseason power surge: ‘I wish I could explain it’
When Daniel Murphy deposited an offering from Kyle Hendricks over the center-field fence during the third inning of the New York Mets’ 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS, he became only the second player in MLB playoff history to hit a home run in five consecutive games. Tuesday night’s round-tripper also tied a Mets franchise record with his sixth postseason home run.
Such lofty numbers often defy explanation, so it’s not surprising that Mets second baseman is at a loss to explain his improbable playoff power surge.
“I don’t know,” Murphy said, via the New York Post. “I wish I could explain it. I would have done it like six years ago. I can’t explain it. I can only thank [hitting coaches] Kevin Long and Pat Roessler for the work that they’ve put in with not only myself, but with all the guys hitting. I wish I could explain it. I can’t.”
Murphy has been a key catalyst to how the Mets have continued to roll through the postseason. He has produced throughout the playoffs, batting a triple-slash of .364/.382/.939 with the aforementioned six home runs to go along with nine RBI. In eight playoff games, he has 12 hits and nine runs scored.
Mets skipper Terry Collins similarly is dumbfounded by how Murphy has run roughshod over the elite-level pitching batters encounter during the playoffs.
“I’ve watched a lot of baseball over the years [and] I don’t think I’ve seen anybody put on this kind of a show on this stage like he has so far,” he said. “I mean, even the guys in the dugout, they’re baseball guys too, and they’re saying the same thing.”
Given Murphy only hit 14 homers during the regular season — albeit a career-high — makes his power surge all the more impressive.
“[The] question is: ‘Who is this guy?’ ” Collins said. “I mean, he’s been unbelievable. So hopefully he just keeps it up for certainly a few more games.”
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