The Daniel Murphy acquisition: by the numbers

At least one notorious Cubs killer is switching sides for the stretch run

In October for the last two years Facebook has seen fit to remind me of a particularly painful moment in Cubs postseason history by taking a look back at a particular status of mine that was only five words long:

“Stop. Pitching. To. Daniel. Murphy.”

It took a few years, but Theo Epstein finally figured out a way to make that happen by claiming the former National off waivers. I don’t have to worry about the Cubs pitching to Daniel Murphy in the postseason for at least the rest of 2018.

So, let’s take a look at the newest Cub’s stats and what he brings to the rest of 2018.

The launch angle revolution

In 2015 I was incredulous watching the there to for 2-ish WAR second baseman join the launch angle revolution and transform himself into an elite bat during the postseason. I watched him obliterate the Dodgers in the NLDS and then continue to massacre Cubs pitching in the NLCS. He was rightly named the 2015 NLCS MVP.

I thought it was a fluke and the Mets must have too, because they didn’t sign Murphy …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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