Daniel Murphy is the Dodger-killer who was involved in all three runs in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. He is the same guy who wisely stole third base after a walk during the shift when no Dodger covered third base. Murphy hit two home runs against Kershaw and a home run against Greinke. In the NLCS so far, Murphy has also hit home runs off Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta. Five home runs in seven playoff games. Wow. Home runs against the top three Cy Young Award contenders. In the playoffs. Wow.
So who is this guy? Where did he come from? Daniel Murphy is a 30 year old who was born, raised, played high school baseball, and played college baseball in Jacksonville, Florida. Murphy has always been a better hitter than a defender. The Mets picked Murphy in the 13th round of the 2006 draft. Daniel made it to the big leagues in 2008 and never looked back. He is a good but not great hitter, with career numbers (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS) of .288/.331/.424/.755. He has hit just 62 home runs in his MLB career, or about one every 60 plate appearances. He is certainly having a great playoff run.