Nationals Second Baseman Daniel Murphy
For the final time in the regular season, Murphy will get the opportunity to wreak havoc against his former team. The second baseman for the Washington Nationals has a hit in all 16 games against the Mets this year. He is hitting .397 in those games with seven home runs and 21 RBI’s to go with a .426 on-base percentage.
Murphy did have a hit in those games against New York over a week ago, but he went 3-for-11 and did not drive in a run. Since that series, he is 10-for-22 (.455) with four doubles and four RBI’s, which got his RBI total over 100 for the season (102).
Going into this series, Murphy seems to be due for a home run. He has already reached a career-high for home runs this season (25), but he hasn’t hit a home run since August 26 against the Colorado Rockies (15 games).
The home runs haven’t come, but Murphy is still a doubles machine. He has eight doubles in his last 30 games, but that total is third on the team behind Harper (nine) and third baseman Anthony Rendon (ten).
When you go back to that last Mets series, the Washington Nationals had their issues hitting with runners in scoring position (2-for-23). Out of those 23 at-bats, Murphy had only one of them. If Trea Turner can get himself into scoring position, Murphy will get more of those opportunities to drive in runs. Going into this series, I think Murphy will make one more statement against his old team.
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