Results tagged ‘ Daniel Murphy ’

Video: Murphy discusses All-Star experience

Here’s video of Daniel Murphy discussing his All-Star Game experience:

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From #OhMurph to #ImWith28

On the eve of the All-Star Game, check out this feature on Daniel Murphy’s ascension from second-base disaster to reasonable defensive player (really, he is). Here are some extras that didn’t make it into the story:

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Tim Teufel, the Mets coach who mentored Murphy as he learned to play second base:

“I learned a long time ago that the more reps you take at something, the more comfortable you become at something. In his case, he learned third base, first base, left field and now second base — four positions, and this one is probably the hardest of them all.

“The reps he got in spring were vital, but he developed it in the big leagues which is remarkable to me. His perseverance, his stick-to-it-ness to be out there and put the work in, it’s been great to see.”

Jonathan Murphy, the second baseman’s brother:

“We work out at Jacksonville University in town, at the little practice infield they have there. he would ask me to throw him balls for double plays or hit him ground balls. Our hitting and defensive time started to even out, and then the defensive time almost started to take over.

“He’s been gifted from God, obviously. And part of it is in the offseason, we sit back and we like to talk about numbers a lot. We don’t like to talk about each other’s numbers during the season, because it can kind of get in your head. But once the season’s over, we’ll kind of sit back and be like, ‘Hey man, you had an unbelievable year. If you just walk a little bit more, not only is it going to help your on-base percentage but your average is going to go up too, I think, because you won’t have to get as many hits.’ He was taking that all in, and last season was when he started to walk a little bit. I think it kind of clicked for him.”

Murphy on his own development:

“I see myself as a second baseman. There’s always more work that needs to be done, always more refining. I watch elite second basemen to try to pick things from them. If I’m watching “Baseball Tonight” or something, I watch Brandon Phillips or Dustin Pedroia or Robinson Cano and those guys who are truly elite defensively. I’m able to take more things from them than I do going back and looking at myself.”

Teammate David Wright on Murphy’s spring training routine:

“I would get done doing my [defensive stuff] and he was out there well past me, begging for more. He’d get anybody to come help him, whether it was from the minor league side, whether it was the big league side — wherever. He’d ask for help for more ground balls, or more double plays. It got to the point where the amount of time was impressive, but also somewhat painful just to know the kind of work he was putting in.”

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley:

“I’ve always thought he had a good swing and a good approach at the plate — quiet. As a young guy you never know how it’s going to pan out, but I thought when he was young he seemed like a more mature hitter than his age. You just watch his mannerisms in the batter’s box. His actions were slow — I’m not talking about his swing, but he just looked like a professional hitter when he was younger. From talking to guys, you know that he’s a grinder and he wants to improve, and he’s always looking to improve. In my opinion, those are the guys that will improve — the guys that want to.”

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Three Up, Three Down: Fish Fry

The Mets, improbably, enter the All-Star break as the National League’s hottest team. (The picture below is from the Futures Game in Minneapolis, where Noah Syndergaard and Kevin Plawecki are playing.)

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Friday: Mets 7, Marlins 1
Three Up:
 David Wright, Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy

Saturday: Mets 5, Marlins 4
Three Up:
 Eric Campbell, Chris Young, Jenrry Mejia
Three Down: Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Lucas Duda

Sunday: Mets 9, Marlins 1
Three Up:
 Jacob deGrom, Curtis Granderson, David Wright
Three Down: Ruben Tejada, Anthony Recker, Eric Campbell

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +8
Jon Niese +8
Bartolo Colon +6
Lucas Duda +5
Dillon Gee +4
Juan Lagares +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Josh Edgin +2
Dana Eveland +2
Eric Campbell +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
Carlos Torres +1
Zack Wheeler +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
Travis d’Arnaud -3
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Ruben Tejada -6
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -9

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Braves 3, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

Sweep? Nay. But that’s okay.

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Three Up: David Wright, Bartolo Colon, Daniel Murphy
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares

Season Standings
Jon Niese +8
Jacob deGrom +7
Bartolo Colon +6
Lucas Duda +5
Daniel  Murphy +5
Dillon Gee +4
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Josh Edgin +2
Dana Eveland +2
Juan Lagares +2
Anthony Recker +2
Eric Campbell +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Carlos Torres +1
Zack Wheeler +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Jenrry Mejia -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
David Wright -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Ruben Tejada -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -10

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Mets Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 14

Highest and lowest Mets WAR scores through Week 14, according to the web sites Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1. Daniel Murphy, 2.5
2. Juan Lagares, 1.7
3. Curtis Granderson, 1.4
4. Lucas Duda, 1.2

5. Jon Niese, 1.1

37-(t). John Lannan, -0.4
37-(t). Rafael Montero, -0.4
37-(t). Omar Quintanilla, -0.4
37-(t). Scott Rice, -0.4
41. Gonzalez Germen, -0.5

Baseball Reference
1. Lagares, 2.6
2. Murphy, 1.9
3. Granderson, 1.8
4. Niese, 1.7
5. Duda, 1.4

37-(t). Wilmer Flores, -0.4
37-(t). Lannan, -0.4
37-(t). Rice, -0.4
40-(t). Travis d’Arnaud, -0.8
40-(t). Jose Valverde, -0.8

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Three Up, Three Down: Ranger Danger

Some missing episodes:

July 2: Braves 3, Mets 1
Three Up: Eric Young, Jacob deGrom, Vic Black
Three Down: Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy

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July 4: Mets 6, Rangers 5
Three Up: Bobby Abreu, Lucas Duda, Eric Campbell
Three Down: Daniel Murphy, Jeurys Familia, Eric Young

July 5: Rangers 5, Mets 3
Three Up: Josh Edgin, Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud
Three Down: Bartolo Colon, Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy

July 6: Mets 8, Rangers 4
Three Up: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Anthony Recker, Zack Wheeler
Three Down: David Wright, Gonzalez Germen, Bobby Abreu

Season Standings
Jon Niese +8
Jacob deGrom +6
Bartolo Colon +5
Lucas Duda +4
Daniel Murphy +4
Josh Edgin +3
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Juan Lagares +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Anthony Recker +2
Eric Campbell +1
Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Zack Wheeler +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
David Wright -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Ruben Tejada -5
Eric Young, Jr. -5
Chris Young -10

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Braves 5, Mets 4: Three Up, Three Down

“I believe that we will win,” the US Men’s National Team’s rallying cry, is not something that applies necessarily to the Mets in Atlanta.

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Three Up: Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Carlos Torres
Three Down: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Chris Young, Travis d’Arnaud

Season Standings
Jon Niese +8
Daniel Murphy +7
Bartolo Colon +6
Jacob deGrom +5
Lucas Duda +4
Juan Lagares +4
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2
Josh Edgin +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Anthony Recker +1
Curtis Granderson -1
John Lannan -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Vic Black -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
David Wright -2
Travis d’Arnaud -3
Wilmer Flores -3
Ruben Tejada -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -5
Chris Young -10

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Braves 5, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

Three errors in one inning means three downs for three players.

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Three Up: Curtis Granderson, Zack Wheeler, Daniel Murphy
Three Down: Juan Lagares, Jeurys Familia, Eric Campbell

Season Standings
Jon Niese +8
Bartolo Colon +6
Daniel Murphy +6
Jacob deGrom +5
Lucas Duda +4
Juan Lagares +4
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2
Josh Edgin +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
John Lannan -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Carlos Torres -1
Vic Black -2
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Curtis Granderson -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
David Wright -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Ruben Tejada -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -5
Chris Young -9

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Mets Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 13

Highest and lowest Mets WAR scores through Week 13, according to the web sites Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1. Daniel Murphy, 2.4
2. Juan Lagares, 1.6
3-(t). Lucas Duda, 1.3
3-(t). Zack Wheeler, 1.3

5-(t). Curtis Granderson, 1.2
5-(t). Jon Niese, 1.2

36-(t). Gonzalez Germen, -0.3
36-(t). Omar Quintanilla, -0.3
36-(t). Jose Valverde, -0.3

39-(t). John Lannan, -0.4
39-(t). Rafael Montero, -0.4
39-(t). Scott Rice, -0.4

Baseball Reference
1. Lagares, 2.6
2. Murphy, 1.9
3. Niese, 1.8
4-(t). Granderson, 1.4
4-(t). Duda, 1.4
4-(t). David Wright, 1.4

37-(t). Wilmer Flores, -0.4
37-(t). Lannan, -0.4
37-(t). Rice, -0.4
40-(t). Travis d’Arnaud, -0.8
40-(t). Valverde, -0.8

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Three Up, Three Down: Steel City mediocrity

The Mets lose three of four in Pittsburgh.

Thursday: Pirates 5, Mets 2
Three Up:
Lucas Duda, Bobby Abreu, Josh Edgin
Three Down: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Carlos Torres, Curtis Granderson

Friday: Pirates 3, Mets 2
Three Up:
Daniel Murphy, Travis d’Arnaud, Jenrry Mejia
Three Down: Vic Black, Chris Young, Curtis Granderson

Saturday: Mets 5, Pirates 3
Three Up:
Eric Campbell, Jeurys Familia, Eric Young
Three Down: Jon Niese, Curtis Granderson, Anthony Recker

Sunday: Pirates 5, Mets 2
Three Up:
 Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Gonzalez Germen
Three Down: Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares

Season Standings
Jon Niese +8
Bartolo Colon +6
Jacob deGrom +5
Juan Lagares +5
Daniel Murphy +5
Lucas Duda +4
Dana Eveland +3
Jeurys Familia +3
Dillon Gee +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2
Josh Edgin +2

Eric Campbell +1
Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
John Lannan -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Carlos Torres -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Vic Black -2
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
David Wright -2
Curtis Granderson -3
Wilmer Flores -3
Ruben Tejada -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -5
Chris Young -9

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