Washington Nationals: 5 To Watch In Weekend Matchup Versus Mets

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Apr 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrate after a home run in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrate after a home run in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 14, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a walk off RBI double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the tenth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

Daniel Murphy

This post will go up before tonight’s game, so it is unknown if Murphy will be in the lineup. The second baseman missed last night’s game against Atlanta due to right leg tightness, but Dusty Baker said he should be good to go today.

Of course, Murphy heads back to the stadium he used to call home and faces his old team, which he dominated last year. He had a hit in all 19 games and had a .413 average with seven home runs and 21 RBI’s. 14 of those RBI’s were at Citi Field.

Revenge has to be on Murphy’s mind all the time whenever he faces the Mets because he wants to prove it was a mistake to let him go. But, the 32-year-old has found the perfect situation for him right in the middle of this Nats lineup.

After having a hit in each of the first ten games, Murphy is 1-for-16 in his last four games. Now, everyone is going to slump once in a while and it’s rare that the Nats have a 20 hit night as a team (like they did Wednesday) and Murphy doesn’t get a hit.

Without the right leg tightness, it wouldn’t have surprised me if he got the day off yesterday against a knuckleballer like R.A. Dickey. Everytime the Nats and Mets get together, Murphy is at the center of it and he just enjoys getting big hits against his former team.

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