A met fan can only hope that when he’s praising a player for performance in September, it’s because he played well in the games that mattered. Obviously, that’s not the case. However, I still feel the need remains to identify and praise the players that showcase their skills over an extended period of time. It’s been a long season and there were a lot of ups, downs and downs…but as I’ve said before, what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.
My choice for MetsMerized Player Of The Month For September is… Daniel Murphy!
Falling right in tune with the common name among Mets news, Daniel Murphy is quickly becoming a topic of interest. He hit well down the stretch in September which only complicates the whole idea. Murphy showed more power and ability to hit than almost the entire rest of the team combined (not including Jeff Francouer.)
Those are Murphy’s September stats. He hit 4 HRs, drove in 15 and scored 13 times. Out of Murphy’s 25 hits, 15 were for XBH. He put together 50 TB. His 9 2B, 4 HR, 15 RBI and 50 TB were all team leading. That’s not bad, considering he’s developing a line drive swing in a ball park where the fences seem to be impossible to reach if you’re wearing a Mets jersey. He only struck out 9 times and grounded into 3 double plays, which aren’t bad numbers at all.
When the games didn’t matter, Murphy hit. I don’t know what that means, but it seems to have followed the trend he set last year when he hit the ball well down the stretch. I believe that players improve as they get more and more playing time in the majors and I do think Daniel had a lot of pressure on him going into the year. He posted solid numbers and to that I give him kudos and note that I believe in Daniel Murphy.
Honorable Mentions :
Jeff Francoeur: .308(32-104; 8 2B, 3 HR), 10 RBI, 17 R, 6 BB, 49 TB.
Angel Pagan: .306(33-108; 8 2B, 3 3B), 6 RBI, 1 SB, 13 R, 49 TB.
Past Award Winners:
One-Hit Wonders : Luis Castillo(July 2009), Angel Pagan (August 2009), Daniel Murphy (September 2009).
September Notes And Other Facts
Someone please tell David Wright to stop striking out. 140 K –> 10 HRS? That doesn’t work.
Daniel Murphy was statistically the Mets best offensive player last month, while Tim Redding/Pedro Feliciano were statistically the best pitchers.
Daniel Murphy (4 HR) and Jeff Francoeur (3 HR) had a combined 7 HRS. The rest of the team had a combined 10 in September.
Pat Misch and Nelson Figueroa both threw impressive CG SHOs. Figueroa led Mets Pitching in K’s.
2010, here we come.