Daniel Murphy: New York Mets 2B Is Clutch
You ever the get the feeling when you're watching a Mets game that the batter will hit a home run on the next pitch?
Well, I can't say this is completely true about last night, but I was pretty close.
After the debacle of a call by Marvin Hudson that erased Jose Reyes' one-out triple, the Mets could have easily folded, just like they've been accustomed to doing over the last few years.
That's the type of call that forces some players to say, "Not tonight boys, we'll get them tomorrow."
Daniel Murphy stepped in with two outs and no one on base against a pitcher in Tyler Clippard, who has been dominant in the late innings, especially against the Mets.
For some reason, I knew Murphy was going to get a big hit. He kept fouling pitches off, waiting for one he could drive.
On the pitch before he went deep, I said to myself, this one is it. And sure enough, another foul.
Then Clippard left a change-up straight down the middle and up in the zone, and Murphy clobbered it.
That is easily the biggest hit of the Mets' season so far, and hopefully we can expect many more of those out of Murphy.
Though he was a little late covering second base in the next inning, these are the types of growing pains we will have to deal with as he continues to learn the position. However, if he keeps driving in big runs with clutch hits, I'm sure we can forgive him for some minor defensive lapses.
The great thing about Murphy is that he doesn't settle for just one come-from-behind win. You can tell that he wants to win every single game he plays.
As we approach the end of April, this winning attitude can hopefully further resonate with the players. The Mets have a big road series in Philadelphia this weekend, so gutting out these gritty wins will be crucial.
This may be a tad premature, but get those pens out and start writing "Daniel Murphy" on the bottom of your All-Star ballot. Current Colorado Rockie, Brad Emaus, represents the Mets at second base on the ballot, so Murphy will have to be a write-in.
In other news, congratulations to Brooklyn-boy, Pedro Beato, for picking up his first Major League win. Also, the Jason Bay winning streak extends to six. Let's not forget that he started off the ninth inning rally with a single up the middle.
Keep up the exciting play Mets, and Citi Field will be packed for the next homestand.
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