Murphy & The Nationals Have Become Mets Worst Nightmare
by John Jastremski
Jul 13, 2016 | 7057 views | 0 0 comments | 156 156 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After Thursday night, the New York Mets had all the makings of a team that was going to be riding high going into the All-Star Break.

They were 7-1 on their 11-game home stand and just had one of their best wins of the season over the first-place Washington Nationals.

Boy what a difference a few days can make.

The Mets dropped their next three games to the Nationals and currently stare at a six-game deficit in the National League East going into the break.

There are a variety of reasons for the Nationals' six-game lead. Ace Stephen Strasburg has bounced back, Dusty Baker has unified a once-fractured clubhouse and yes, the Nationals picked up this guy in the offseason. You might remember his name?

Let me try and refresh your memory.

Postseason hero? Long time Met? Does the name Daniel Murphy ring a bell? The man who was responsible for carrying the Mets to the World Series in 2015 is now tormenting his former team in every possible way.

It felt like the postseason all over again, except this time the Mets probably felt the same way the Dodgers and the Cubs did in October.

Murphy was flat-out ridiculous in this four-game series. He homered in all four games and drove in 10 runs in the series.

Murphy’s numbers against the Mets are Ruthian. He has a .423 Batting Average with eight home runs and 21 RBI’s in just 13 games.

Mindboggling.

How many Mets fans uttered this phrase at Citi Field or in front a TV set near you after Murphy homered over and over again?

“Are you ******* kidding me???”

If there’s any solace, Murphy hasn’t just dominated the Mets. He’s dominated all of baseball.

The adjustment Murphy made with Mets hitting coach Kevin Long midway through the 2015 season has paid off in a big way. He moved closer to the plate, he’s in a more athletic position in the batters box and he’s turned himself from a solid player to a guy that now leads the league in hitting.

If the season ended today, Daniel Murphy would be the National League MVP.

He was always a good player with the Mets, always one of my favorites, but honestly, who saw this coming?

If you did, I want to take you to Vegas with me.

If the rest of baseball knew Daniel Murphy was going to have this sort of season, he wouldn’t have been a free agent till Christmas time and would’ve made a lot more than 12 million dollars a year.

I won’t kill the Mets for deciding to go in a different direction, especially considering that they retained Yoenis Cespedes and brought in a professional 2nd baseman in Neil Walker to replace Murphy.

However, if they anticipated that he would the difference in the National League East, maybe they would’ve acted differently.

The Mets are in a very tough spot heading into the second half of the season.

They are chasing a very good Nationals team for first place and have shown no reason to believe they can make up six games in the standings.

The Nationals are 9-4 against the Mets and just appear to be flat out better.

The good news is that the Wild Card is still there for the taking, but it’s no given considering the competition and the fact the Mets are not one hundred percent healthy.

Matt Harvey is out for the season and both Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz have bone spurs in their elbow and will have to be monitored throughout the second half.

The once-vaunted Mets starting rotation is quite vulnerable.

A lot can change in the next two months, but I don’t anticipate the Mets catching the Nationals in 2016 and Mr. Murphy may be the main reason why.

Unbelievable indeed.

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