Found June 12, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Two years ago, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be typing the first six words of this post, but it’s true. Daniel Murphy has proven himself as a formidable second baseman in 2013, and jerking him around the diamond is not going to do him or the Mets any favors. The 28-year old Jacksonville-native has had a remarkable year on both sides of the diamond this season, most impressively in the progression of his fielding. Coming off a season in which he was an eye sore at second in 2012 and looked very inexperienced, Murphy has busted out this season to emerge as one of the better defensive second baseman in the National League. Murphy has had improved range, better footwork and has just looked more like a middle infielder, not to mention he leads all NL second baseman with 42 double plays turned. There is no doubt that Murphy’s advancements at second are a direct result of his getting consistent time there to learn the ins and outs of the position. When I spoke with Murphy ...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Mets Remain Stuck After Ike Davis Demotion; Doing Daniel Murphy Wrong

At least the Mets had one issue resolved Tuesday night, and that is who to demote from the rotation when Zack Wheeler is brought up. That will be Jeremy Hefner, who gave up five unearned runs. The Mets are determined to bring up Wheeler despite questions of him not being ready because they desperately want a diversion to this already lost season. Hefner and Dillon Gee have pitched...

Make no mistake: Mets must make trade for big bat

Minor moves. Major problem. That sentiment is essentially what the Mets hinted towards their fans this week when they demoted Ike Davis, Mike Baxter and Robert Carson to Las Vegas while designating Rick Ankiel for assignment. The constant underperforming and lackluster baseball finally caught the wrath of GM Sandy Alderson. No more will there be any coddling or nurturing of their...

Draft Notes: Examining Top Three Mets Selections, Signing Updates

In an interesting move, the Mets drafted three high school players with their first three picks of the 2013 draft. They were all very interesting picks, as New York selected a first baseman, a right handed pitcher, and an outfielder, respectively. When I mean interesting, I mean that they all have very, very high ceilings in their respective categories. Dominic Smith leads this pack...

Cardinals vs Mets Preview: Gee’s Won Last Two Starts, Valdespin Batting .385 In June

St. Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets Shelby Miller (7-3, 1.91) vs Dillon Gee (4-6, 5.20 ERA) Game Notes New York has lost three in a row and seven of its last eight games, following a season-high five-game winning streak. The Mets are 1-6 this month and are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Mets starting pitchers have collected six consecutive quality starts at home, compiling a...

Citi Field: The Empty House

If you head down to Citi Field to catch a Mets game, many unordinary sights will meet your eyes. You will see a sprawling diamond of freshly paved dirt and newly cut grass. You will see hundreds of food stands and many strangers offering you a free Mets jacket on the one condition that you pay them. You will see a man with a cowbell, a man covered in pins, and maybe even the mustachioed...

Series preview: Mets offer one compelling matchup

The Cardinals did not face Mets ace Matt Harvey when the teams played a four-game series at Busch Stadium last month. They will not miss Harvey this week at Citi Field. The 24-year-old right-hander will oppose Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in a Thursday matinee matching two pitchers in contention to start the All-Star Game. Harvey, in his second season, has emerged as one of the...

Mets demote Ike Davis; Zack Wheeler to be called up

Prior to the series sweep of the New York Yankees, the New York Mets had made it known that first baseman Ike Davis was on the cusp of being demoted due to his lack of performance. Despite leading the team with 32 home runs last season, Davis has hit a measly 5 home runs through 55 games this season — along with 16 runs batted in and a line of .161/.242/.258 which is absolutely...

MMO Mailbag: Is Sandy Alderson Baseball’s Losingest GM?

Last week I received an email asking me if it was true that Mets GM Sandy Alderson was on the verge of breaking some long held major league record for the most consecutive losing seasons by a GM. Actually, it was an accusatory email also suggesting that I’ve become a shill for the Mets and that’s why I never post anything critical of Sandy. Obviously, this reader has me confused...

Seriously, Watch Mets Fan Busting His Ass At Today’s Cardinals Game

Presented without any comment really needed. The Mets are 24-37 and 12.5 out in the N.L. East. [via @MattSebek] Filed un…
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.