Chicago Cubs: Villains who would join the Cubs
Chicago Cubs: The ultimate Cubs villain had a forgettable run in 2018 in Chicago
Ugh. Daniel Murphy. The man who crushed the dreams of a World Series in the Windy City back in 2015. The NLCS that season against the Mets was a series that nothing went right for the Cubs, but Murphy’s performance was unreal. He hit .529/.556/1.294 with four homers in that four-game series. Seeing him grin and pump his fist in the air after hitting his fourth homer in the series was hard to stomach.
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In his career, Murphy has a .341/.377/.574 slash with 10 homers and .951 OPS against the Cubs in 59 regular-season games. This is between the Mets, Nationals and Rockies. Some players were born just to kill the Cubs, and Murphy is one of them.
It was late August in 2018 when the Cubs acquired Murphy on a waiver claim. The Cubs needed a bat for the final stretch, and they were able to snag him. It just felt wrong, but they needed an offensive spark.
He played 35 games with the Cubs in 2018 and hit .297/.329/.471 with six homers. The numbers as a whole look good, but they were greatly attributed to his hot start before really cooling off in the final weeks as they fell in the Wild Card game.
Murphy was gone as soon as he arrived. No question, he will always be the villain who destroyed Cubs pitching and broke their hearts in 2015. He was never really embraced here; he was at most a ray of hope in an offense that “broke”.
Ugh. Just ugh.