3. Daniel Murphy’s Unreal Postseason
How did the New York Mets reach the World Series?
Pitching, for one. Jake deGeom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and Steven Matz represented a fantastic young rotation to build around.
There was the veteran leadership of David Wright. The stardom of Yoenis Cespedes. The powerful Lucas Duda. The exciting Travis d’Arnaud.
Oh, yeah. And Daniel Murphy.
The Mets second basemen was absolutely unstoppable in the NLDS and NLCS. He banged out seven home runs, including a streak of six straight games with a home run, the most all time. He hit .529 in the NLCS, to win MVP honors. He tied Lou Gehrig’s playoff record, becoming the second person ever to have a hit, run, and RBI in six straight postseason games. Unreal.
Murphy’s magic, sadly, died out in the World Series, where he almost had as many errors (2) as he did hits (3). Still, his heroics in the first two rounds will live on in Mets lore forever, even if he did leave in the offseason to join the rival Washington Nationals.