During the Mets 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Daniel Murphy had another big night at the plate. He crushed a solo home run in the first inning, and he later drove in a key run with a RBI single in the 5th.
Ever since a rough month of April, he’s completely turned his season around. He’s batting over .300 since the beginning of May, and he has a OPS near .800 during this span. Overall, his average stands at .282 to go along with nine home runs and 47 RBI in 365 at-bats.
With the way he’s been hitting of late, it’s becoming difficult to imagine the Mets letting him go when he hits free agency after this season.
As Dave Lennon of Newsday wrote in his latest article, Murphy has also been one of the team’s most consistent and reliable hitters over the past few years.
Lennon says that he has always made the most of his opportunities, and talks about how Murphy is grateful to the organization for giving him a chance.
“I’m very appreciative,” Murphy said. “They’re not just passing out at-bats in this league. The organization has been good to me.”
Murphy is currently the second longest tenured player on the team behind only David Wright. He’s also moved into fourth all-time on the Mets doubles list at 216 surpassing Howard Johnson. He even has a chance to rank even higher by the end of this year as Jose Reyes is only six ahead for third place and Ed Kranepool is nine ahead for second.
“I didn’t think I’d be in the big leagues this long,” Murphy said. “So yeah, it seems pretty weird.”
Even with all of Murphy’s flaws, it’s been fun watching him develop from an inexperienced rookie during the 2008 playoff race to an established veteran leader in recent years. Hopefully, the team finds a way to keep him in a Mets uniform going forward as he’s been one of the teams’ top producers.