Met second baseman Daniel Murphy has been hot. Tonight in the first game of the final series Murphy has the opportunity to extend his tournament record streak of homering in six consecutive games. The record including regular season is at least one homer in eight consecutive games.
Daniel Murphy is 75 % to consecutive game homer record of Long, Mattingly, Griffey, Jr. Thursday, October 22, 2015
The record for homering in consecutive games overall is eight games:
Dale Long Pittsburgh Pirates May 19-28,1956
Don Mattingly New York Yankees July 8-18, 1987; 10 homers in 8 games
Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners July 20-28, 1993
Mattingly was not a home run hitter but he has another record: most bases loaded (four run) home runs in one season: six, which oddly, are the only grand slams in Mattingly's career. In 1987 Mattingly hit grand slams May 14, June 29, July 10, 16, Sept. 25, 29. Travis Hafner in 2006 also hit six grand slams.
Consider Mattingly's other home run record: six grand slams in one season. To tie and the break the old record Mattingly needed help from his Yankee teammates in loading the bases for him but in those few opportunities very late (Sept. 25 and 29) in the 1987 season Mattingly had to come through, doing something he was not particularly exceptional at doing: hitting home runs. That seems pretty clutch to me.
Home run records have weight, in part, because the batter has to hit the ball hard enough and long enough to reasonably deserve a double in almost all cases. It may be a cheap home run but it probably is a good double.
A plain record based on all types of hits could include many cheapies: bloopers, dribblers, etc. So Bobby Richardson's World Series records are more suspect than Murphy's current hot streak. Except, Richardson did it twice and Richardson couldn't hit. More on that later.
THE HOT HAND
Streaks Like Daniel Murphy’s Aren’t Necessarily Random OCT. 27, 2015 The New York Times
by Binyamin Appelbaum
... the Mets’ Daniel Murphy ... is locked in, on a hot streak, en fuego...
... social scientists ... for more than a generation have dismissed all of this as a grand illusion. A body of research dating to the mid-1980s purports to show that professional athletes do not get hot...
But now there is new evidence that our eyes are right and the experts are wrong.
OK, enough on that. Read it for yourself before the experts change their minds again. Most of us here on planet Earth think that Murphy is hot and if he doesn't continue to hit well we can use the five day layoff waiting for tonight's game as an excuse. Plus, there's always:
"God does not play dice with the universe" Monday, October 19, 2015
Einstein did not live long enough to see the Mets.
Bobby Richardson was the starting second baseman for the New York Yankees from 1959 through 1966, including the five consecutive pennant winners: 1960-1964. Richardson had his best season in 1962, right in the middle of the five pennants. Unlike the 30 year old Murphy, Richardson was 26 years old. Richardson finished second to teammate Mickey Mantle in the 1962 American League Most Valuable Player voting:
|Name||Tm||Vote Pts||1st Place||Share||WAR||G||AB||R||H||HR||RBI||SB||BB||BA||OBP||SLG||OPS||W||L||ERA||WHIP||G||GS||SV||IP||H||HR||BB||SO|
Not very impressive. As stated above Bobby Richardson could not hit. Yet in the first and last of those five consecutive World Series Richardson set hitting records that still stand for Hits and RBI.
|1.||Marty Barrett||13||35||1986 WS|
|Bobby Richardson||13||33||1964 WS|
|Lou Brock||13||31||1968 WS|
|1.||Bobby Richardson||12||31||1960 WS|
|2.||Mickey Mantle||11||33||1960 WS|
|3.||Sandy Alomar||10||32||1997 WS|
|Yogi Berra||10||29||1956 WS|
|Mike Napoli||10||28||2011 WS|
|Ted Kluszewski||10||25||1959 WS|
The rejoinder I hear when I mention Richardson being clutch is that he didn't do it in all five World Series. Come on.