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Daniel Murphy may remain atop Mets’ lineup

May 19, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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Daniel Murphy has hit out of the #2 spot in the Mets’ lineup throughout most of the season, but manager Terry Collins decided to shake things up today by moving up to lead-off. Murphy responded with an eighth-inning solo home run that gave the Mets a 4-3 lead. The jolt of offense seems to have motivated Collins to keep Murphy at the top.

Collins on Murphy, via ESPN’s Adam Rubin:

“He gets on base, because he can hit. And when he’s swinging good, he can get some walks. We’ve got to get some people on ahead of David [Wright]. That’s for sure.”

While it is true that Murphy can get on base — his on-base percentage has ranged from .332 to .362 over the last three seasons — he isn’t really someone who draws walks as his career rate is a meager 6.5 percent. Given the Mets’ dearth of options however, Murphy is one of the better players to put up there.

  1. nygf - May 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Remember when our lineup was Reyes-Lo Duca-Beltran-Delgado-Wright-Floyd? Baseball is stupid.

    • dondada10 - May 19, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      How about when Alou was in there?

      • nygf - May 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        When he was on the field, sure. Best team for 95% of those 06-08 seasons. Now about that pesky 5%…

  2. Kevin S. - May 20, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    In my pre-caffeine fog, I thought that read “Dale Murphy may remain atop Mets’ lineup,” figured that even now he couldn’t be worse then what they’re running out there in the outfield.

  3. pdowdy83 - May 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    How does hitting an 8th inning solo home run have anything to do with hitting lead off in the game? It would be one thing to say “Collins moved Murphy into the lead off spot and he responded by leading the game off with a home run” but anything in the 8th inning is pretty irrelevant to leading off the game.

    Also what in the world is Collins talking about in that clip “when he is hitting good he can draw some walks.” If he is hitting WELL you probably don’t want him drawing walks Terry.

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