The Washington Nationals may have had their offensive struggles during the last five games of the road trip, but Murphy wasn’t one of those hitters scuffling. He had a home run in three of the last four games (all solo home runs) and he had a hit in all five of those contests.
This month, Murphy is tied for the Nats lead in hits with Michael Taylor (18) and with Bryce Harper in home runs (four). Due to the recent success, his batting average is back up to .300 this month and .327 on the season.
Of course, Murphy isn’t known for his power and that power hasn’t come at home this year. It is early, but the Nats second baseman has just one home run at home. With all that being said, he is hitting .311 at Nats Park and it is a small sample size.
Out of the three starting pitchers the Nats will see this week, Murphy has only faced Bergman in one game and he is 1-for-4 with a RBI against him from Bergmann’s time in Colorado last season.
When Murphy is having success at the plate, the home runs and the doubles usually come in bunches. It would be good to see him hit home runs with men on base, but he’s in a good rhythm now and that’s all the Nats should ask for.