Daniel Murphy is being Daniel Murphy with another raging hot streak at the plate…
Daniel Murphy is in one of those grooves again when the opposite just needs to hope he hits the ball right at someone.
Murphy was right in the middle of the Mets rallies on Wednesday as he went 3-for-5 with a triple, scoring two of the Mets six runs against the Reds.
Over his last seven games, Murphy has been raging hot, going 12-for-26 while posting a 1.443 OPS thanks to three doubles, two triples, two home runs and six RBI and only two strikeouts in 27 plate appearances during that span.
“He’s locked in,” manager Terry Collins said. “We’ve seen it for six years, nobody can get him out. I don’t care where you throw it from, he’s got a chance to get a hit.
“It’s coming at the best time too,” Collins continued. “That middle of that lineup is going to carry us. When[Murphy] gets hot he can be real dangerous.”
Right now, he’s unstoppable and everything coming off his bat is hard. Again, it’s one of those grooves.
His third hit of the night – the triple – gave the Mets a 4-3 lead, marking his 11th game-winning RBI of the season.
“They’re not catching it. I don’t know, I wish I could explain it. Sometimes you get hits, sometimes you don’t,” Murphy told SNY’s Steve Gelbs after the game.
As he normally does, Murphy deflected any credit he was receiving for his big hit, instead pointing to Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda for quality base running and providing insurance to his game winner, all of which came with two outs.
“Ces gets a two-strike, two-out hit and Lucas gets a two-strike two-out hit to extend the lead,” Murphy said. “That was eluding us.”
The Mets went 6-for-9 with two outs and runners on in Wednesday’s win.
“We felt like that one big hit, that two-out hit has been eluding us just a little bit,” Murphy said.
With Murphy’s help, the Mets have inched closer to the club’s first division crown in nine years.
Asked about what it’s like to be on the brink of reaching the playoffs, Murphy summed up the run with one word.
“‘Fun’ is the easiest way to describe it,” Murphy said. “I don’t need a lot of adjectives, it’s fun. This is a great group of guys and I think we’re having a lot of fun right now.”
Murphy has come up with one big hit after the next over the last couple of weeks. Recall he tied the game against the Braves two Sundays ago with the team down 10-7 after there were two outs and nobody on in the ninth with a huge three-run home run. He had another big, go-ahead home run against the Yankees in the seventh inning last Friday at Citi Field, and then of course his triple on Wednesday night.
It’s simply an extension of what Murphy has done all year. He also had a big home run against the Marlins back in April.
All of this comes with the occasional head scratching gaffe. Whether it’s a weird base running mistake, a poor decision on the infield, it’s just Murphy being Murphy.
And these raging hot streaks – which the Mets hope extends well into October – is also Murphy just being Murphy.