Washington Nationals: Takeaways From 6-1 Win Over Mets

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Jul 9, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) scores on a triple by center fielder Ben Revere (not pictured) in the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 9, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) scores on a triple by center fielder Ben Revere (not pictured) in the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 9, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a home run in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports /

The Daniel Murphy Show Continues

Once again, the Murphy show invaded Citi Field as the decision to let Murphy go in the offseason continues to haunt the New York Mets. Against the Mets this week, Murphy is 6-for-13 with three runs scored, two home runs, and eight RBI’s. That is only a small sample size compared to the damage he has done all season (.438, 21 hits, six home runs, 19 RBI’s).

It was Murphy who ended up driving in the last four Nats runs of the day. In the third inning, he drove in Ben Revere with a base hit through the shift in right field. Two innings later, after Jayson Werth walked, Murphy hit a double off the wall in right center against Verrett.

With the Mets still within striking distance, Murphy gave the big blow in the seventh with a two-run home run to right field against Antonio Bastardo.

While Bastardo is a left-hander, he has given up two home runs to Murphy in the series, so it makes you wonder why Terry Collins keeps bringing out Bastardo to face Murphy in these situations when he is 6-for-19 with three home runs against the Mets’ lefty.

It is clear that Murphy plays with that extra chip on his shoulder against the Mets and wants to prove a point everytime he faces them. Last night was no different as he came close to hitting for the cycle.

As the announcers pointed out during the FOX telecast, you can make that argument that Murphy is the player that has had the biggest impact on the NL East race right now.

Next: Scherzer To San Diego On High Note

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