“Murphy’s Law” — put on a show, sweep the Cubs, and head on to the World Series.
Daniel Murphy, the New York’s second baseman maintained his consistent playoff hitting streak, putting on a show in six straight games and then listing a postseason record.
Murphy unleashed a powering hit off Fernando Rodney’s pitch for a two-run homer at the top of the eighth to give the Mets an 8-1 advantage and eventually sealed the win for their first World Series appearance since 2000. The hit also broke Carlos Beltran’s standing record of five straight playoff games with a home run which he set in 2004.
After New York was done putting away Chicago, Murphy was named as NLCS MVP. He finished the series with four home runs, six RBIs, and six runs.
The 30-year-old Murphy has now hit seven home runs in nine playoff games. The all-time record for homers in a single postseason is eight, posted by Barry Bonds (2002), Nelson Cruz (2011) and Beltran (2004).
He will next chase the 29 playoff home runs, Manny Ramirez’s career record.