Now Commenting On:

Cubs' Murphy showing burst of power at plate

Cubs' Murphy showing burst of power at plate

Cubs' Murphy showing burst of power at plate

SAN DIEGO -- Donnie Murphy is on a hot streak.

The third baseman has eight home runs since Aug. 6, the most by a National League player in that stretch. His .839 slugging percentage led the Major Leagues.

"It's one of the hotter streaks that comes around in baseball, to hit eight home runs in 16 games and have a slugging percentage of [.839]," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "You ride it out and hope it continues. All this stuff, you're evaluating for next year and our needs and things like that. I think people forget how good a defense he's played over there. Right now, he's been an exceptional two-way player."

Murphy, 30, signed with the Cubs in April, and he spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, where he batted .265 and hit 12 home runs in 89 games.

His previous home run single-season high in the Majors was six, set in 2007 over 42 games with the Athletics. How do you explain the surge?

"He's been unfortunate to have a lot of injuries," Sveum said. "Injuries don't help anything. Getting the opportunity on an everyday basis, you have a kid with bat speed who can hit the ball over the fence in right-center field right-handed, you always sit back and wonder what happens if the guy was to get 650 plate appearances playing every day. Those things will happen when they stay healthy. A lot of times they just need the opportunity to do it."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español