After enduring a lengthy slump, Daniel Murphy broke out in a big way on May 13th. Over the last week, Murphy had a triple slash of .500/.517/.857 while raising his batting average from .258 to .300. His OBP rose to .335 and his OPS is at .804. For his tremendous recent performance, Murphy is the Rising Apple Player of the Week.May 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. The New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
For the week, Murphy went 14 for 28 with 3 doubles, 3 RBI’s, and 7 runs scored. During yesterday’s game in Chicago, Murphy blasted a solo homer in the top of the 8th to put the Mets ahead 4-3. That shot turned out to be the game winner, as the Mets won both the game and the series against the Cubs. The Mets started the road trip by losing three straight in St. Louis, but rebounded to go 3-1 over the final four games of the trip. That was due in large part to Murphy’s contributions.
After batting first yesterday, Murphy will be in the leadoff spot again today.
Daniel Murphy is quietly having a tremendous season offensively. If you project his current stats over the full 162 game slate, he’s on pace to hit 15 homers, drive in 73, club 50 doubles, and score 104 runs.