The World Series is about to begin tonight at 8:00 on Fox. The NL Champion New York Mets head to Kansas City to visit the AL Champion Royals. There will be plenty of star-power in both dugouts, but it’s no secret that the man having the best postseason so far is Mets’ second baseman Daniel Murphy.
Murphy has hit a home run in six straight postseason games, and seven throughout the whole playoffs. Today, we take a look bat at how Twitter reacted to all seven of his home runs. Which one do you think was the most talked about on Twitter? (Click the game links for a full timeline view of each game!)
7. Game 4 – Mets vs. Dodgers. This home run is unique in that it was the only one hit in a Mets defeat. The Mets were losing at the time, but the home run cut the deficit to 3-1. Still, they would go on to lose the game. This one was by far the least mentioned.
6. Game 1 – Cubs vs. Mets. From here on out, all of the home runs are mentioned all over Twitter. Surprisingly, the second least mentioned came in the first game of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs. Murphy’s fourth home run of the postseason, and third in his six-in-a-row streak, came off of Jon Lester in the first inning and gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.
5. Game 5 – Mets vs. Dodgers. Daniel Murphy’s home run in Game 5 of the NLDS broke a 2-2 tie in the game, and came off of Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke. This was his third of the postseason and second in his streak. It proved to be winning run in the elimination game, as the Mets would go on to win by a score of 3-2.
4. Game 2 – Cubs vs. Mets. The Mets jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Jake Arrieta and the Cubs after two batters. But Murphy wasn’t about to let that be all the Amazin’s would get off of the Chicago ace; Murphy hit a 2-run homer in the first inning to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. They would never look back, taking the game by a score of 4-1.
3. Game 3 – Cubs vs. Mets. The score was tied at 1 apiece and Mets ace Jacob deGrom looked like he might not have his best stuff. But Murphy was once again to the rescue, hitting a bomb over the ivy at Wrigley Field. The blast gave the Mets a 2-1 lead, and was his fifth straight game with a home run. Note: Social Delta managed to capture perhaps my favorite tweet of this Daniel Murphy run in this one, provided by Jon Anik.
2. Game 1 – Mets vs. Dodgers. Jacob deGrom and Clayton Kershaw looked like neither were about to give up a run, as they would go on to strike out a combined 24 batters. But with the game scoreless in the fourth inning, Daniel Murphy gave the Mets the advantage, smacking a solo home run over the right field fence. The Mets would go on to win the crucial Game 1 by a score of 3-1, and they were able to take home field advantage, winning a game on the road. This home run had the highest initial twitter activity (3,434 curated tweets in the minute after it happened) of any of the seven home runs, but it fell short in total mentions, since our #1 entry would land more mentions for several moments after it landed.
1. Game 4 – Cubs vs. Mets. While this game ended up being a blowout, it looked as though it would be the game that would end Murphy’s consecutive postseason home runs streak. That was, until he muscled a 415-foot 2-run homer in the top of the eighth inning. Murphy’s most recent home run gave the Mets a 8-1 lead and all but sealed their trip to the World Series, as they would defeat the Cubs in four straight games. Murphy’s Game 4 home run totaled 13,796 curated tweets in the five minutes following the blast – the most mentioned moment of the Mets playoff run, behind the final outs in the NLDS and NLCS.
The World Series begins tonight, October 27, at 8:00 on Fox. Follow along with us to see who takes Game 1, and if Daniel Murphy can make it seven homers in a row!