First, he wanted to bat Jose Reyes third and Carlos Beltran second. That's crazy! Now, he wants Daniel Murphy batting second behind Reyes. So much for the previous thought. This move is a more logical. Murphy is coming into his own and is impressing a lot of people around the Mets, especially Manuel.
"I'm confident that I can go out there and try to put a quality at-bat on them every time," said Murphy.
Murphy hit .313 2 HR and 17 RBI in his brief stint with the Mets last season. He won over the fans in the process. He gave them another young gun to be proud of and someone to look forward to seeing.
He has 20 hits this spring, which is tied for the Major League lead. His average... .364. Not too shabby.
"That's what my goal is. It's not numbers. It's not hits. It's not home runs. It's not doubles or RBI. It's quality at-bats."
If he's able to get on base ahead of Beltran, David Wright and Carlos Delgado the Mets will be a hard team to beat.
"I hope over the course of a season this year I'm able to do things to help this team win," Murphy said.
With Murphy batting in the second slot, Luis Castillo will slip down in the lineup to 8th. I think that makes a good balance for the Amazin's. If Murphy is the real deal as he's appeared so far, the Phillies might have to look over their shoulder a little more closely.
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