Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 5/17/13
Coming into the season, Daniel Murphy had a lifetime .766 OPS with a slash line of .292/.339/.427 in 1,742 PA. So it shouldn’t be a big surprise that on games thru May 16th, Murphy has a 775 OPS with a slash line of .297/.335/.439 in 158 PA. This is essentially who Murphy is as a hitter. What is surprising is how he got here. Murphy started the year off on fire, with a .966 OPS in his first 18 games. Then he hit the skids, notching a .362 OPS over his next 65 PA, which included an 0-17 stretch. But in his last four games, Murphy is 10-16 with four doubles. He’s hitting the ball to all fields and my favorite moment was in Thursday’s game when he almost came out of his shoes while attacking a ball which he lined right back through the box for a solid single. Early season streakiness aside, Murphy overall is doing with the bat pretty much what was expected. Our preseason projection was for Murphy to have a .780 OPS. The unexpected part is what he’s doing in the field. Murphy ...
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