Daniel Murphy: Through The Lion's Den

In 2014, Mets fans and the NY media questioned Daniel Murphy’s loyalty and priorities when he elected to miss Opening Day for the birth of his son. Yesterday, they chanted his name as he came up to bat and slugged his way into postseason history. (more below)

Murphy’s home run off of Jake Arrieta in the first inning put his team up 3-0, and continued a streak of four consecutive games in which he’d gone deep against another of baseball’s premier pitchers. In the Mets last four playoff games, Murphy has connected off of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Arrieta, and Jon Lester. Combined, these four pitchers have posted a 2.19 ERA this season, allowing only 55 home runs in 888 innings. Murphy’s blast also tied him with Mike Piazza for the most postseason home runs by a Met (5); Piazza did it in 86 total at-bats, Murphy has done it in 15 against those four pitchers.

<*Update – On Tuesday night, October 20th, Daniel connected for his 6th blast of the 2015 postseason. His shot to centerfield has now tied him with Carlos Beltran for home runs in consecutive postseason games (5) and has him on the verge of tying Barry Bonds, Beltran and Nelson Cruz for homers in a single post season (8)>

It all simply reinforces something Daniel already knew; living for the approval of other people is a waste of time. God already approves of you—loves you desperately. Live in the knowledge of that approval. It’s been great to see Daniel’s postseason journey unfold as he’s done exactly that.

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