Last season, Daniel Murphy was the New York Mets postseason hero, until the World Series. That’s where, in Game 4, he made an error that greatly impacted the Mets chances of winning. But up until that point, he was destroying the baseball.
In 14 postseason games last season, Murphy slashed .328/.391/.724. He had 7 home runs, 13 runs, and 11 RBIs. This includes a record for homering in 6 consecutive games, as well as an NLCS, in which, Murphy hit .529. He was the NLCS MVP.
Murphy is doing much of the same this postseason. He’s currently hitting .667 after going 3 for 3 in today’s game. He also had 2 RBIs and a walk.
It’s clear that the Dodger’s are going to need to find an answer for Murphy this postseason, something they were unable to do last season.
But while the Dodger’s struggle to figure Murphy out, they need to get their own offense going. Justin Turner has been the Dodger’s version of Daniel Murphy, hitting .667 in the series with a home run and 2 walks. Corey Seager has 2 home runs in the series, as well. They’ll certainly be needing more from their leaders as Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez each have only one hit.
The two teams will play again tonight with Gio Gonzalez on the hill for the Nationals, and Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers.