All 7 Of Daniel Murphy’s 2015 Postseason Home Runs, Ranked
Remember when the Mets weren't known for their postseason excellence? Remember when the name "Daniel Murphy" conjured images of a dusty Irish whiskey bottle tucked away in your grandfather's garage liquor cabinet? Remember when we all thought the Chicago Cubs were 2015's home run heroes? We don't. All we can think about is Daniel Murphy slugging the other New York team through to its first World Series appearance in 15 years. Dude is on fire.
Here's a snapshot of just how epic his last nine games have been.
The only other player to put up these kinds of numbers during the postseason was Carlos Beltran back in 2004, when he managed eight home runs and an astonishing .428 batting average before the Houston Astros fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in an NLCS that went the distance. Not to diminish his incredible 12-game hitting tutorial, but Beltran's '04 didn't see anything close to the same quality of pitching Murphy has routinely obliterated. Jarret Wright (3.28 ERA)? Mike Hampton (4.28 ERA)? Paul Byrd (3.84 ERA)? Woody Williams (4.18)? Jeff Suppan (4.16)? Please...
Of the starters faced during Houston's 2004 postseason run, only Jason Isringhausen and Julian Tavarez had an ERA under three that season (2.38 and 2.87, respectively). Compare that to the guys Daniel Murphy's seen.
Clayton Kershaw (2.13 ERA, 301 SO), Zach Greinke (1.66 ERA, 19 W), Brett Anderson (3.69 ERA), John Lester (3.34 ERA), Jake Arrieta (1.77 ERA, .866 WHIP, 22 W) and Kyle Hendricks (3.98 ERA). Damn.
On one hand, yes, those numbers are skewed because pitching stats have improved since 2004, but you can't deny that his competition hasn't been markedly better than Beltran's was. Murph has faced four elite pitchers (who've thrown no-hitters) a total of six times this postseason, amassing 11 RBIs and a six-game home run streak (through three fewer games than Beltran, as well).
Sure, his bat could go cold and this magic show could turn into an obscure anecdote about the 2015 MLB postseason, but even if it does, that won't change the fact that a 30-year-old with 62 career home runs slayed giants like a man possessed.
All seven of his home runs, ranked.
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