Daniel Murphy set a major-league record by blasting his sixth home run in six straight postseason games on Wednesday night.
His two-run homer came in the eighth inning against the Cubs to put the Mets comfortably ahead 8-1. Though the Cubs responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning via a Kris Bryant longball, the Mets held the home team at bay to complete the sweep in an 8-3 victory. The Mets prepare for their first World Series since 2000 and hope to win their first since 1986.
Murphy went 4-for-5 at the plate in Game Four, scoring two runs and driving in two more. Lucas Duda exploded for three hits and five RBI.
The dinger gave Murphy his seventh of the playoffs and his fourth of the ALDS. The home run broke Carlos Beltran’s record of going yard in five straight postseason games. Beltran accomplished the feat in 2004 with the Houston Astros.
To put 2015’s Mr. October’s offensive explosion into perspective, he played a 156-game season in 2012 and hit six home runs. He hit the same number the previous season in 109 games. His career high came this past season with 14 round-trippers.
Murphy’s hot bat comes at an opportune time. The infielder hits free agency in the offseason. A Mets source told the New York Daily News earlier this week that Murphy’s playoff performance “changes nothing” and that the team may let him walk.
Murphy, to no one’s surprise, won the NLCS MVP award.