After a torrid start to the season, second baseman Daniel Murphy, who occasionally moonlights at first base as well, is mired in one of his longest funks of the season and perhaps his career.
With the ongoing exploits of Marlon Byrd and David Wright, and the resurgence of newly acquired Eric Young Jr., Murphy’s slump is getting little airplay. I charted his month-by-month numbers and it’s not looking very pretty for Murph.
Murphy has been falling behind in counts a lot lately, which is never a good thing for him as he’s batting .198 with a .454 OPS in those situations.
Despite him still batting high in the order, the Mets have been able to overcome his month-long slump mostly due to some of the other hitters around him stepping up and getting hot in June.
Hopefully this is just a blip on the radar. I looked back at his 2012 splits and saw he experienced a similar slump that June as well, batting .240 after posting .303 and .298 averages in April and May.
Murphy has become one of th...