Thursday, October 9, 2008

Slow the Murphy wagon down.....

This isn't a knock Dan Murphy, in fact he's just the gritty, hard nosed type player that this team needs. But all over the Mets blogosphere I hear fans wanting to pencil him in all over the field as a starter. Some see him staying in left field, others hope he fills the hole at 2B and then there's been speculation that he could take over 1B if Delgado leaves.

There's no doubting that Murph got off to a great start, not many people can say they hit .313 in the major leagues. But I want to try and put a little perspective into the situation, it was 49 games. Remember the clamouring over Ruben Gotay after his hot start, well after that he hit .235 this year and was out righted by the Braves to the minors. In August fans were demanding A. Reyes play second and after his .056 Sept. nobody is even mentioning him.

Murphy looks like a very good hitter but he came out of nowhere, he wasn't on anybodies radar. It was Murphy's luck that he was on the same team as Tony Bernazzard's son and the VP saw Murph's hitting skills. But even after getting his break the scouts didn't recognize his potential, while in AA he didn't show up on any ones top 10 prospect list for the Mets. The book on Murph is that he's a good hitter but that it will be hard to find a spot on the field for him....

I'm not saying he's isn't good or that he should be traded but I don't want the team to rely on a guy with 49 games under his belt and straight out of AA as a starter. I'd like to see him viewed as a super sub, getting his bat in the line-up on a regular basis ( at least 4 games a week) by giving players days off. Almost like a better hitting version of "Super Joe" McEwing. If he struggles then it's no big deal if has has to go down for a while and if he wins a starter spot then the bench is deep with a starter on the bench. After the last two years I want as few question marks as possible heading into next season....

Here's comments from someone who saw Murphy play the infield first hand (courtesy John Delcos blog comments section)....
paul October 9, 2008 12:43 am
i’m from binghamton and daniel murphy is probably the worst defender i’ve ever seen at 3b: he gets horrible jumps on ground balls (reaction time is almost nil), he’s got concrete for hands, and his arm/accuracy is below average. we should trade him now while he’s a unknown hot commodity. source Delcos NY Mets Report

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