Daniel Murphy has to be considered one of the most underrated players in baseball.
He does everything you want to see in a starting player: He hits for a high average, gets on base, and the most surprising thing this season is his great play at second base. Murphy may be the most important hitter in the New York Mets lineup right now.
Through the first 11 games of the season, Murphy was on fire. He was batting .381 with 2 HRs, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored in that span. As a team, the Mets were playing great baseball and had a 7-4 record to start the year. After the hot start, Murphy started to slow down as did the Mets. In his last 18 games, Murphy is hitting .230 with 0 HR, 3 RBIs and 10 runs scored. The Mets record in that span is a pitiful 6-12.
There’s a direct correlation between the two. The Mets need Murphy to be the catalyst in their lineup.
Like I said earlier, Murphy is a player that gets on base. The team needs him on base so their big hitters, David Wright and John Buck, can drive him in. It also puts pressure on the pitcher as well since having men on base always gets in a pitcher’s mind. Now a pitcher has to think about varying his looks to the plate and making good pitches in order to prevent the runner from scoring.
Murphy needs to get on base again in order for the Mets to have the success that they had earlier in the season.
To me Murphy, is the new Jose Reyes for the Mets. He is the man that needs to be the table setter and get on base in order for the guys hitting behind him to drive him in. The Mets need to find their offensive groove again, and getting Murphy back on track is the way for the Mets can do so.
Jerry Elsing is a New York Mets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ j_els22, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google