"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."
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).
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...