Daniel Murphy has multi-hit games in four of his first five games as a National after the 31-year-old infielder signed a 3-year/$37.5M deal with Washington this winter.
Last night, Murphy was 2 for 4 with his second home run of the year and a single, leaving him 8 for 17 (.471/.591/1.000) early in his tenure with the Nats.
"He has a pretty good idea how to hit," Dusty Baker told reporters after last night's win.
"He has a pretty good idea what they're trying to do to him and he also works hard.
"You just don't hit. You have to work hard at hitting and he works as hard as anybody. And, you know, last year's playoffs, he's operating on a 100% confidence-level right now, I mean, I would be if I was him."
Murphy, of course, went on a tear in his first taste of postseason action, going 19 for 58 with two doubles and seven home runs in 14 games after a .281/.322/.449, 38 double, 14 home run, 2.5 fWAR season.
Baker said on Monday night that he isn't sure who taught Murphy what he knows about hitting or what spurred his recent run of success at the plate.
"I don't care where it came from I'm just glad it's here," Baker joked.
"But he has an idea. I hear him talking in the clubhouse and then on the bench. And he has a real good idea.
"I mean, you get to this level, if you're going to be an outstanding hitter, you have to be smarter than most and you have to be a student of the game if you want to reach the top and stay there.
"Reaching the top is not the obstacle. Staying on top and making adjustments, that's the obstacle."
Murphy is batting fifth again tonight, as the Nationals take on the Braves in the second game of their four-game set in D.C. Will they make it twelve straight over Atlanta in D.C.?: