Murphy hit a blast off Fernando Rodney for a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to give New York an 8–1 lead in a game that clinched the team’s first World Series berth since 2000. The bomb broke Carlos Beltran’s record of five consecutive playoff games with a home run, set in 2004.
After the Mets completed the sweep of the Cubs, Murphy was named the NLCS MVP. He hit .529 with four home runs, six RBIs and six runs in the series.
The 30-year-old second baseman has now hit seven home runs in nine playoff games. The all-time record for homers in a single postseason is eight, held by Barry Bonds (2002), Nelson Cruz (2011) and Beltran (2004). He remains just a bit short of Manny Ramirez’s career record of 29 playoff home runs.
Due to become a free agent after the season, Murphy has hit .421 and driven 11 runs with an OPS of 1.462 in these playoffs. He has a hit in all nine of the Mets’ games.
- Jeremy Woo