Murphy, Young Guns Lead Amazins' to the World Series
Let's get the moral of this story out there right now.
If Michael Cuddyer has a feeling, bet on it.
Dude took a pay cut to sign with what looked to be your typical, everyday mess of a Mets team last winter.
Turns out he turned down money to join a club that's been money all October, and last night was no different as the Mets completed an NLCS sweep of Chicago's Cubs:
As the bromide goes, good pitching beats good hitting, so it's no surprise that good, young Mets hurlers topped good, young Cubbies' batters. It's just startling that Bryant, Schwarber & Co were flailing at heaters; usually, it's the soft stuff that frustrates rooks when they get to The Show.
In the other dugout, nothing was getting by the incredible Daniel Murphy:
Like the rest of the Mets in the midst of summer, Murphy was fighting through a bad patch at the plate when hitting instructor Kevin Long suggested the 6-2 & 215lb second-baseman set up closer to the plate to generate pull power.
Dude's been on fire ever since, including the early-August sweep of Washington that put them atop the NL East to stay.
Because Mets' ownership were victims of the Madoff fraud and their own miscalculations as a result, payroll's been a bit light. Cuddyer's $8.5million contract is fourth-highest on the team. Fortunately, their scouting and development departments have made up the difference, so they project to be decent on the field for a few years to come.