Murphy is on fire since returning to batting second

Mets 2B Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run Tuesday night against the Yankees.

“He’s gotten hot, and when he gets hot, he is a good hitter,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He’s got power, he’ll hit to all fields.”


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Murphy is hitting .320 with 3 home runs and 12 doubles. He’s batting .411 since April 29, when he was moved from the clean-up spot back to batting second.

“I don’t think it’s an accident that I get more pitches to hit with as well as David [Wright]’s swinging the bat,” Murphy said after the game (Newsday, May 14).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I understand Terry’s quote, but Murphy is always a good hitter. It’s what Murphy does. He hits. The best part of his home run Tuesday was his reaction in the dugout, when he was all smiles, arms up, high fiving and yelling, cheering with the rest of the team. He’s clearly more comfortable hitting second, which could simply be a byproduct of seeing more at bats and more pitches. Whatever the explanation, the Mets should be thankful for the production he gives to them at a premium position. Again, I think Sandy Alderson will listen to offers for Murph, but it will take a lot to move him…




34 comments
BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

"Murphy is on fire since returning to batting second".  You're a fool if you think the batting order number is what is doing this.  It's just taking a small sample and chopping it into a smaller sample and looking for non existant trends.

Credit to Matt for saying this is pure nonsense and he'd hit no matter where he is in the lineup.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

People were so obnoxious in the off season, wanting to trade Murphy before they even acknowledged his value. Hey Ike Davis is gonna hit 90 homeruns, lets trade Murphy for no reason!


We seem to have pitching already, in a giant ballpark where only opposing teams can hit homeruns, because their swings aren't screwed up from the park or the outfield witch doesn't knock their homeruns down.


So we need spray hitters.Us fans shouldn't be effected if the pay roll goes higher. Why are we trading Murphy again?

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

Murphy needs a contract extension. End of story. He not only hits well, he scores runs, he runs the bases well, he steals, he gets big hits, and he will surprise you on defense occasionally. He is a solid all around player who deserves the financial security of a long term deal. I'd say at least 3 years, I wouldnt go past 5. somewhere around 8-12 mil per year. Ideally, I'd say 5 years, 52 mil. Lets make it happen. While we're at it, lock up Gee as well.

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

And while Murphy is not a great defender, he has done an adequate job at second.  His offense has been great.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

I think it will simply come down to money (as almost everything does). If they can somehow make room in their meager budget, they will retain and extend Murphy, if not, expect to see him on the trading block.  Keep in mind, it is going to be extremely hard to replace Murphy's value to this team in terms of production and club house presence. 

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

I wasn't a huge Reyes fan because it made me nervous to see him run (fearing injury obviously), but it was downright crazy to let walk a homegrown franchise player who so many fans loved.

Sometimes an organization needs to just suck it up and make fan-friendly decisions regardless of reservations about a player or ideas that someone just as good is right around the corner.

Gritty, gutsy, all-out players that fit in NYC are hard to find.

Please, let's keep Murphy.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Not sure why they would extend Wright but trade Murph.  Especially since Murph has proven that he can do the one thing most important to all of us fans:


Play in Queens


Just extend him already.

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

Murphy is not do top notch money but a good size contract. He should get a little less than granderson per year and one more year. That would be fair but not over priced a little home team discount per year. One extra year on contract for home grown talent.

Ed Zoubi
Ed Zoubi

murphy has a very good upside   to him.he is a better defender than anyone expected him to be and when he is on he can do what he want with his bat. wright is the captain murphy is the heart of the mets. give him an extension now. he will be cheaper now than later.

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

This is Murphy ' s fifth full season in mlb and is 29 years in the middle of his prime giving premium offense at a weak offensive position. He has worked hard to be average at 20 and above average on base paths despite the sometime over aggressive blunder. The this year and 3 or 4 will be his best years if his career. He should be extended a contract just not for years. He will slow down around 35 most players do. But definitely should be kept during hopefully a few pendant runs over the next few years. No need to trade him. He is peaking and hopefully so is this team.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Murphy is headed in premium salary territory that the Wilpon's avoid. I am a Murphy fan but having this asinine ownership puts Murph on the block. I hope I am wrong, Daniel is one of the club's best hitters and not easily replaced on the cheap.

hashburry
hashburry

Wow.  Matt Cerrone "understands" Terry's quote.  Let's find out if TC understands half the stuff written on this site.  "In other words", understand what you write and then worry about commenting on the language used by TC in an interview.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Why would we move the one proven commodity on our team besides wright? the thought is so silly, no team does this that's a legit contender

90wins
90wins

This is not good. The Wilpons are probably advertising Murphy for sale for top dollars already.

blueorange
blueorange

Trading Murphy is just a bad idea...the guy is all heart. There isn't many 2B I would rather have than Murphy. He can flat out hit and I don't care what most people think about his defense he doesn't have to be a gold glover, he still makes a ton of tremendous plays and some errors as all players make errors.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

While I do like Murphy more in an RBI spot, because he has an actual clue at the plate, I don't mind having him in the 2 hole.

He gets on base and has the dicipline to let EYjr or Lagares work on the base paths. Plus, he has to have the highest Base Running Results to Foot Speed ratio I've ever seen. It's like he's the anti-Reyes.

mets2014
mets2014

unlike fans, the GM would trade ANYONE if the offer is right...this is their job folks.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Enough with this.... "we'll entertain offers" talk, NONSENSE!  Mets are in a division where no one is running away from the pack. Keep the good guys like Murphy and trade a young pitcher for a SS if needed.

p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

I don't know anyone who's a bad hitter when they're hot.  What's next TC, gonna tell us someone a bad hitter when they get cold?

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

The only offers Sandy should be listening to regarding Murphy are offers from his agent on a long term contract. We need to lock him up and lock him in at 2B.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

@Dana Smith  If the Mets do not re-up Daniel Murphy, I think it will confirm the fact that this organization simply does not have the finances or resources to operate in a big market.  You don't let a home grown talent who's producing like he is go elsewhere. Unless, the trade nets some huge return (extremely unlikely). 

90wins
90wins

@Brandon Hillman  The Wilpons do not like to pay too much for a 2B. In fact, it could be a NY thing after all. Look at how Cano was treated.

90wins
90wins

@MetsFan1962  Eff the Wilpons, they have been dumping all their top players who get too good because they get pricy.  Beltran, Reyes, Dickie, you name it

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

@Victor Triguero agreed... I always liked Murph...he's a good player and should be a part of this youth movement. Sadly, ownership has no clue and will be scrambling for a replacement once he's gone, and I guarantee they will screw that up the way they screwed up the shortstop situation this year.  

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

@blueorange Murphy's OPS is .840 this year with 8 steals (80% success rate). If you get that type of offense from 2B you can put up with below average fielding. I actually think that Murphy is average to slightly above in the field. He has very little range, but he makes every routine play. He does a good job of turning the double play. 

The most active 2B field less than 3 grounders per game. Let's say that Murphy gets all of the easy ones. That leaves about 1 or 2 hits per week that the best 2b in the game might field. He more than makes up for that on offense.

This might be blasphemy, but he's a poor man's Derek Jeter. Solid, but acceptable defensive middle infielder with way above average offense and intensity. (OK, very poor man's Jeter.)

Michael McDermott
Michael McDermott

@Christopher Masiello Murphy reminds me of Kevin McReynolds on the bases. McReynolds was a big guy -- didn't look like he had any speed at all, but was 21-for-21 in steals in 1988 or '89.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Christopher Masiello The nice thing about the two spot is its like a mix of the leadoff hitter and the 3rd hitter. He'll drive in runs and score plenty of them too. He's developed his game to be a 2 hitter, and he excels at it.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@mets2014 Well there's good news, trading Murphy for a player better than Murphy would probably not happen. They are pretty set in most positions. 1B and SS are their concerns. But Duda and Flores are going to get their chances. I dont see Murphy being traded. Also, part of Sandy's "plan" that everyone gets on him about, is to create payroll flexibility to we can give our deserving homegrown players extensions. Guys like Murphy, Harvey and Gee are those kinds of players.

hashburry
hashburry

@mets2014  What is "right"?  If it is $ driven, which you always have to assume, it is questionable what "right" means.

Michael McDermott
Michael McDermott

@90wins Completely diff't situations -- Cano was seeking 25-30 mil a year. Murphy would probably end up around 10 mil per.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@90wins @MetsFan1962Yeah, right makes sense. People practically ran Beltran out of town. DIckey has pitched to a 4.5 ERA since leaving, and Reyes cant stay healthy. I'd say, all those moves have payed off, dont you?

mets2014
mets2014

@Ray Carattini @mets2014@hashburry  well since the giants don't have beltran anymore, I would say the mets got the better end of that deal....dickey has been below average since he was traded to the bluejays and so had d'arnaud, but I have feeling syndergaard will make that deal in the mets favor

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

@mets2014 @hashburry what evidence is there that this ownership has done that? Sure, we got Wheeler and d'Arnaud, but if you really look at the numbers, who has really gotten the better of these deals?