April 11, 2021

This is where the postseason legend of Daniel Murphy exploded (New York Post)



The Mets hadn’t been to the World Series in 15 years and trailed the Dodgers in Los Angeles in Game 5 of the 2015 NLDS at Dodger Stadium.

That’s when Daniel Murphy closed out an outstanding personal series by nearly single-handedly leading the Mets to a comeback 3-2 victory, propelling them to the NLCS, where they swept the Cubs and then lost to the Royals in the World Series.

Murphy’s third homer of the series — a solo blast into the right-field seats against Zack Greinke with one out in the sixth inning of Game 5— gave the Mets a lead that Jacob deGrom and the bullpen protected.

The second baseman also stole a run for the Mets in the fourth to tie the game.

After Lucas Duda walked, Murphy went to second and then took off for third when he noticed nobody was covering for the Dodgers’ over-shifted infield. The alert move gave the Mets runners on the corners with one out and Travis d’Arnaud’s ensuing sacrifice fly made it 2-2.

“You saw what Murphy did on the field tonight,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said following the victory. “He was basically the offense.”

DeGrom lacked command…

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