Here is what Collins had to say about it:
“I’ll see how it goes. He’s swinging good. He’s swinging great. And we’ve got to get guys on ahead of David Wright.”
“I figured I’d give it a shot and get him up there enough times and maybe he can do some damage.”
Collins said he had given serious thought to batting Murphy leadoff as far back as Spring Training and realizes the team needs some help at that spot in the lineup.
Leadoff men have batted .185 for the Mets this season – worst in the major leagues. Their .255 on-base percentage ranks 29th in MLB.
It’s a double-edged sword for the Mets. Yes, they needed help at the top of the order, but in using Murphy they sacrifice a very hot middle of the order player to do it.
In my ideal lineup, I’d be batting Murphy third and Wright cleanup right now.
As to how long this new experiment lasts, you never can tell with Collins calling the shots.