- Until Daniel Murphy’s home run last night, no Mets hitter had ever homered in six consecutive games. Normally it takes Murphy about 110 games to hit 6 home runs (he averages 9 per season).
- Murphy is powering the Mets to the World Series, and that means he is also hitting the open market at the very peak of his value. The soon-to-be unrestricted free agent second baseman will be 31 on Opening Day next year, and he will be receiving a substantial raise this winter. This year was his last mandatory arbitration year, and he made $8 million, enough to make him the seventh-highest paid second baseman in the league.
- A good comp might be Ian Kinsler, the second highest-paid 2B in baseball, who signed for 5 years/$75 million three years ago with the Rangers. At the time, he was also 30, going on 31, and was a better hitter than Murphy, but I contend that three years later, Murphy’s market will be hotter than Kinsler’s was that year.
- In terms of regular season play, Murphy is a similar hitter to Omar Infante, if you take out Infante’s horrifying 2015. And Infante’s never made more than his current $7.5 million. Murphy is striking at the perfect time, and this will become even more apparent if he continues his heroics through the World Series.
- Somebody’s gonna give this dude way too much money.