Washington Nationals: Five To Watch In Phillies Visit To D.C.

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Apr 7, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A Philadelphia Phillies fan holds a sign during a game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Washington Nationals won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A Philadelphia Phillies fan holds a sign during a game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Washington Nationals won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Nationals Park. The Cardinals won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

Daniel Murphy

After the lack of playing time Murphy had in the World Baseball Classic, no one expected that he would have as great as a start as he has had. But, if you think back to the success he had in the NLDS against Los Angeles, it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise.

Murphy enters this weekend’s series on a nine game hitting streak and has had six multi-hit games. He is hitting .450 with two home runs and nine RBI’s and is coming off of an excellent series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Against the Phillies last weekend, Murphy was 6-for-12 with three doubles and a home run, which he had in the series opener against Vince Velasquez. We all talk about Murphy’s success against the Mets, but check out his numbers against the Phillies since last season.

In 2016, he hit .319 with two home runs and ten RBI’s. Out of his 22 hits, 12 of them were for extra bases and ten of them were doubles. He has been a doubles machine this season as his five doubles are tied with Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner for the most in the National League.

It’s become routine to watch Murphy get a hit nearly every game, but it’s amazing to see the production he is putting up without many spring at-bats. He was our player of the week last week and he has a good case to win that award again for the second consecutive week.

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