The World Series begins this week and the New York Mets are hoping that they haven’t used up all of their October magic. With the help of some very strong pitching, the Mets didn’t trail a single time during their impressive sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.
Of course, the biggest beneficiary of that October magic was their 30-year-old second baseman, Daniel Murphy, who was the clear MVP of that series and the playoffs so far. The last of his four hits of the series clinching game was a home run – his seventh dinger of the postseason and his sixth consecutive game hitting one out of the park. That’s an all-time playoff record in case you were wondering.
To say it isn’t easy to hit a home run in six consecutive games would be a massive understatement. No player in New York Mets history has ever achieved that milestone in the regular season or postseason. Before the playoffs began, Murphy was considered to be an average, contact hitter, but has shown a recent surge of power despite only hitting 14 home runs all season.
So why is this happening all of a sudden? If Murphy can’t explain it how are we supposed to? “I can’t explain why the balls keep going out of the park, but they do,” he said after the Mets earned their first trip to the World Series in 15 years.
His historic play has earned him comparisons to Babe Ruth. Excited Mets fans took to Wikipedia to give him the “Mr. October” title, a name normally associated with Yankee great Reggie Jackson, and, for whatever reason, name him a member of the Supreme Court.
The only player to ever hit more home runs in a post season was Barry Bonds, who blasted eight of them in 2002. Bonds and his San Francisco Giants, however, lost the World Series that year to the Los Angeles Angels in seven games.
No matter how dominant Murphy has been, like Bonds before him, all the October magic and playoff records are only consolation prizes without winning the World Series. At the moment though, Mets fans aren’t worrying about Murphy’s law.