Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 2/5/13
Daniel Murphy went into camp last year with very high expectations. After hitting .320 in 109 games in 2011, some people expected Murphy to become a perennial .300 hitter. In 2011, it appeared as though Murphy was living up to his potential, but a year later, Murphy’s future is much less certain. Murphy started off the year at a slower pace than he did 2011, but still put up solid numbers. In April, he hit .298, and had a .301 batting average at the end of May. That’s when thing started to go downhill. June was a rough month as Murphy’s already-low walk rate plummeted even more, reaching base only twice in the entire month via walk. He broke out the power stroke for the first time all season, hitting three home runs in the month, but it was an otherwise unproductive time for the second baseman, batting .240. As the calendar turned to July, Murphy’s bat heated up once again, bating .360 and hitting 13 extra-base hits, more than in any other month. However, we once again saw Murphy’s bat
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