Daniel Murphy sent the Mets into the National League Championship series last night for the first time since 2006. Murphy took a hard fastball out of the park, in the top of the 6th inning, that proved to be the game-winner. This was just one of the many moments that has made this year’s MLB Postseason fascinating to watch.
Murphy’s dagger came off LA’s starting pitcher Zack Greinke, who should be the NL Cy Young winner this year. As impressive as it is to watch a stud pitcher strike all of the bad guys out, it’s more fun to see the bad guys beat the pitcher that, at one point, seemed untouchable.
Not to mention Jacob deGrom, who pitched tough all game going 6 with 7 strikeouts, before starter Noah Syndergaard came and pitched shutdown baseball for an inning. Jeurys Familia then got the save, closing out the final two innings.
But, the story was all about Daniel Murphy. Murphy had his fingerprints on all 3 runs scored for the Mets, knocking New York’s first run in with a double, in just the second at-bat of the game. After leading off the 4th inning with a single, Murphy then took two bases on a walk when he recognized no one was covering 3rd base. Murphy then scored on a Travis d’Arnaud sac-fly to tie the game at 2. You know the rest, as Murphy also cranked the game winning homer in the 6th.
Baseball was fun to watch again.
As it has been all postseason, with the young guns from Chicago tearing the cover off the ball, to the now “experienced” (compared to other 3 teams still in it) Kansas City Royals making the most improbable of a comeback in game 4, and stealing it from Houston in game 5. Then, Jose Batista sends his bat into orbit, after hitting the home run that sent the Blue Jays into the ALCS for the first time since ’93.
Jays Royals, game 1 tonight, get the popcorn ready.