Daniel Murphy: The Savior at Second Base
- Updated: May 12, 2011
Historically, the Mets have had trouble finding second basemen. With the exception of guys like Edgardo Alfonzo, Wally Backman and Felix “The Cat” Millan, there has not been much stability to the position.
Recently, it’s been comical. Remember when the Mets tried to move Jose Reyes to second base to make room for Kaz Matsui? That was a debacle. And so was spring training this year. The Mets held a “contest” to see who would win the job, and really no one did. Luis Castillo was released. Brad Emaus won the job, but had a bad April and was sent packing.
So Murphy, who made the team as a utility player, won the job by default. And he’s made the most of the opportunity.
Still learning the position, Murphy has made only two errors at second base and has a respectable .977 fielding percentage through Saturday. He’s looking more comfortable in the field, and even making some impressive plays. He made a nice one on a ground ball Saturday night going to his right against the Dodgers.
Actually, Murphy had a much better week with the glove than with the bat – he has been slumping of late. However, Murphy will hit – most Mets fans are not worried about his bat. If the Mets are smart, they will continue to let Murphy play every day and see what transpires. The results have been encouraging so far.