Daniel Murphy blacked out in the fifth inning of last night’s game. That is the only plausible explanation for the boner he pulled on the base paths. The Mets were down 5-2 and beginning to claw their way back. Jordany Valdespin was on third after a bunt single, one of three infield hits, on the night. Take notice. The kid is now batting .400 and has not been hit in the dick with a pitch since spring training. Giving Spin regular playing time will only help this team. After a DWright K, Ike Davis followed with a dink fly ball to center field. There was a tiny, tiny chance the ball would fall in for a hit but it was absolutely not worth gambling on. Murphy apparently is a shitty bettor. He inexplicably took off from second base instead of holding halfway. He was then doubled up by Revere at second base after he made the semi-routine running catch. Valdespin is not completely blameless in this debacle. All he had to do was make it back to the bag, put his head down, and fly home. Instead JV1 put on the swagger. He sauntered to the plate oblivious of the mishap Murphy had committed. He didn’t get there before Murph was tagged out at second. The run didn’t count. The rally was shutdown and the momentum stayed with Philly.
These are inexcusable mistakes.
Force what envelope? What the hell does that even mean, Murph? Force the issue, not the envelope? The only envelope you should be forcing is a self addressed one into Mets fans mailboxes apologizing for running the bases like a jackass. John Buck, who had homered once already, was coming up next. You have to get Buck that at bat with men on base. The guy has been scorching the ball. That run scores and it’s 5-3 with a man on second and the NL RBI leader at the plate. That is a game changing play.
That ball never had a chance of hitting the ground. Murph needs to get his head in the game when he is on the bases. This is not anything new. This goes back to the Jerry Manuel days. He has always had problems staying focused when he’s out there. Manuel chastised him as a rookie. Even David Wright, who was not the Captain at the time, had to speak with him. In 2009, the Mets were absolutely horrid running the bases. Murphy was one of the worst culprits. He chanced taking third on a double late in the season, ironically against the same Phillies ball club, that effectively eliminated the team from having a mathematical chance at making the playoffs that year.
It might be time for the Captain to have some words with Murph again. This team needs to capitalize on any opportunities they have to score runs. Daniel Murphy is a key member of the offense. He has quality at bats and typically puts the ball in the play. His .303 average and .361 OBP aren’t going to mean shit unless he can effectively run the bases.