Yesterday in the fifth inning, Daniel Murphy notched a hit off Cliff Lee (one of the Mets seven for the day). Overall, he was 1-for-4 in the follow up to his four-hit night on Tuesday.
Over his last 10 games, Murphy is hitting .417 (15-for-36) with six doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 14 RBI.
“When you’re struggling, it’s kind of a confidence thing,” Murphy told reporters Tuesday night. “What comes first, base hits or confidence? I can’t say enough about [Terry Collins] for sticking with me. … I’m just happy to be able to do something positive.”
In 80 games this season, Murphy has a .288 average with three homers, 42 RBI, five stolen bases, and a .328 on-base percentage.
The Mets’ patient approach has been an asset to them all season, but there is a time to be aggressive in the count. It seemed to me Murphy may have been focusing a little too much on the length of the at bat when he was struggling. Now, he’s in attack mode: get a good pitch to hit and do some damage with it. And that’s been a welcome sight.