It seems like we just can’t get away from Daniel Murphy in the postseason. He’s become the Dodger’s October Chupacabra, and now he’s back to potentially haunt the Dodgers again. The only red headed Irish man I want to see hitting bombs is Justin Turner.
Last season veteran infielder Daniel Murphy destroyed the Dodgers single handedly in the 2015 NLDS. At the time he was a Met. The 31-year old left handed hitter had never reached the postseason before in his 8-year MLB career. We all remember Murphy’s infamous stealing of third base after a ball four from Zack Greinke on the Dodger’s ill fated shift in game 5 of the 2015 NLDS. That smart heads up play personified Murphy’s baseball instincts last October. That’s not taking into account all of the home runs he hit, including the game winning shot off of Greinke in that same game.
Now the Dodgers will have to see him again, this time as a Washington National. Before the season started Murphy declared free agency. I actually suggested before the Dodgers resigned Howie Kendrick, that the Dodgers should look into signing him if Kendrick didn’t work out. Kendrick did end up resigning with the Dodgers, and the Nationals wisely picked him up.
This season he blossomed into a hitting star, having a career year at the plate. He batted .347 with a .390 OBP and posted a .985 OPS. He hit 25 home runs and drove in 104 runs while getting 582 plate appearances. He notched 184 hits and 47 doubles. He finished second in the National League in batting, and only struck out 57 times in his 531 at-bats. He spent most of the time in the field at second base, but can also play first and third.
Last October against the Dodgers he went 7 for 21 in the series for a .333 average and an OPS of over 1.000. He hit 3 home runs in the NLDS and 4 in the NLCS against the Cubs. In that series he won the MVP award by batting .529 (9 for 17) with 4 home runs and 6 runs driven in. He is batting .328 in the postseason (19 for 58) with 7 home runs and 11 runs driven in. Murphy is batting .302 in his career against the Dodgers.
This year Murphy has battled various injuries. He’s had hamstring problems, a sore knee, and now has a strained Gluteus muscle. This is ironic because he’s been a huge pain in the Dodger’s butt. They might get a break because he is still uncertain to play in the series. The Dodgers will have to somehow find a way to contain him. My advice is to not pitch to him. Seriously, the Dodgers can’t allow this guy to beat them again if he plays in the series.
We don’t want to have another repeat of last season.