Modest Murphy turned power-hitting monster for Mets

Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:09am EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Daniel Murphy has been a good hitter with modest power over his seven-year Major League Baseball career with the Mets, but the 30-year-old second baseman has turned into a one-man wrecking crew this postseason.

Murphy, who hit a career high 14 home runs this season, has homered in four straight postseason games and has five overall from seven contests in these playoffs.

The sweet-swinging lefty powered the Mets past the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series and to a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series that has put the Mets within two wins of a trip to the World Series.

"I definitely am seeing the ball well right now, so that's nice," said Murphy, who has a solid career batting average of .288 with just 62 home runs in seven seasons.

"I've been fortunate enough to swing the bat pretty well lately," Murphy added after his two-run homer off Cubs ace Jake Arrieta in the first inning sent the Mets on their way to a 4-1 victory at Citi Field on Sunday.

Murphy, a master of understatement, is much more comfortable passing on credit to team mates.

Mets captain David Wright was more vocal in putting Murphy's mashing at the plate into perspective.

"Murph has been about as hot as anybody I've ever seen," Wright said about Murphy, who also homered in the first inning of Saturday's victory over the Cubs.   Continued...

Oct 18, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) celebrates with teammates on the field after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game two of the NLCS at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports