Rather quietly, New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has had a nice start to the season and has been one of the key contributors during the Mets better than expected start to the season.
Murphy missed most of Spring Training with an injury, but because David Wright also missed a large chunk of the spring due to injury and the drama surrounding Johan Santana and his injured shoulder, Murphy’s absence flew under the radar.
But when the regular season started, Murphy was healthy and ready to play, and he’s been productive at the plate, hitting .303 with six RBIs and six extra-base hits. Murphy has also been impressive defensively, looking comfortable playing second base and no longer appearing to be a liability in the field.
A byproduct of Murphy missing most of spring training was that there was no time for the usual debate about whether or not he’s fit to play second base. It’s become accepted that Murphy is going to be the Mets’ second baseman this year, with little talk of him having to platoon, share time with Justin Turner, or be weary of a minor leaguer that’s pushing for his spot.
As a result, Murphy has been able to relax and settle in as the Mets second baseman, and get off to a great start in the 2013 season.
With some of the other players in the Mets lineup struggling, especially fellow lefties Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, Murphy has been one of the more dependable hitters in the Mets lineup this year. His contributions have been key to the Mets’ start, even if the play of new catcher John Buck has stood out more. Murphy has finally settled into his role with the Mets, and it’s starting to pay dividends.