KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland reviewed video of the Mets, he noted how comfortable Daniel Murphy looked at the plate. The challenge became clear: to disrupt that rhythm.
"He's a hot hitter that got a lot of good pitches to hit," Eiland said. "And he's very comfortable . . . He's not missing any pitches that are out over the plate."
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As the World Series begins Tuesday night, Murphy's ability to remain in that comfort zone will be a key to the Mets' chances of winning their first title since 1986. In what has been a historic postseason, he is hitting .421 with seven homers and 11 RBIs in nine games and has homered in each of the past six.
"It's been a lot of fun to get good pitches to hit," said Murphy, who homered 14 times in the regular season. "And, fortunately, not miss them."
Murphy's torrid stretch prompted Royals manager Ned Yost to compare him to Barry Bonds.
"He's been very, very hot," Yost said. "We talked about in our advance meeting today how he stands on top of the plate like Barry Bonds did. So when you're on that kind of run like he is, he's very hot. He's seeing the ball well. You better execute pitches, and that's what we're going to try to do."
The Mets have until 10 a.m. Tuesday to set their roster for the World Series, and the deadline might bring one key addition. Juan Uribe took batting practice on the field Monday in hopes of showing he's healthy enough to be activated. "There's a chance of it," manager Terry Collins said.
Uribe has missed the entire postseason with a chest injury he aggravated near the end of the regular season, but the Mets hope he can provide strong righthanded hitting off the bench. Uribe also brings valuable World Series experience, winning the title with the Giants (2010) and White Sox (2005).