Up Along First

RSS

Posts tagged with "Daniel Murphy"

Mar 5

2014 Player Projections: Daniel Murphy, 2B

2014 Player Projections: Daniel Murphy, 2B

USATSI daniel murphy

Author Note: Apparently it’s been almost three weeks since I did my last projection. For a refresher (and my Travis d’Arnaud projection), click here.

A target of trade speculation all winter long, Daniel Murphycomes into camp this year as one of the most tenured position players on the Met roster. The 28-year old had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013, posting a 2.8 fWAR, .320 wOBA,…

View On WordPress

Aug 6
Flores Gets The Call, But Where Will He Play Long-Term?
In case you missed the news, the Mets today called up their second-best hitting prospect Wilmer…View Post

Flores Gets The Call, But Where Will He Play Long-Term?

In case you missed the news, the Mets today called up their second-best hitting prospect Wilmer…

View Post

Aug 3
David Wright Hits DL With Strained HamstringThe Mets have officially placed David Wrighton the 15-day disabled list with a strained right…View Post

David Wright Hits DL With Strained Hamstring

The Mets have officially placed David Wrighton the 15-day disabled list with a strained right…

View Post

Aug 5

Morning Recap: Hefner Pitches Well, Mets Beat Padres 6-2

[iframe src=”http://www.fangraphs.com/graphframe.aspx?config=0&static=0&type=livewins&num=0&h=350&w=475&date=2012-08-04&team=Padres&dh=0” width=”475” height=”350”]

Final Score: Mets 6, Padres 2

Player Of The Game: Daniel Murphy- 4-for-4, 2 R

Goat Of The Game: Andres Torres- 0-for-4, 3 K

Notes:

  • The Mets knocked out Padres starter Edinson Volquez very early. Volquez had awful command, walking four batters in just 1.2 innings.
  • Walks were a theme on the night for the Mets. They walked a total of ten times. Mike Baxter along walked 5 times.
  • Jeremy Hefner pitched very well, allowing just one run over six innings. He may not have been the most high-profile pickup this winter, but he has done a great job filling in while Johan Santana has been on the DL.
  • Frank Francisco entered the game with one out in the ninth and recorded his 19th save of the season.
  • The Mets play the Padres in the series finals today at 4:05. Matt Harvey (1-1, 1.59 ERA) will go up against Jason Marquis (4-6, 4.08 ERA).
Aug 2

Game 106: Mets Rough Up Zito, Win 9-1

Final Score: Mets 9, Giants 1

Player Of The Game: Ronny Cedeno-  3-for-5, 5 RBI, 2 triples

Goat Of The GameNormally, if there’s no clear goat, I would just pick Jason Bay, but even he drove in two runs…

Notes:

  • Chris Young was dominant. Young tossed seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits. He also didn’t walk a single batter.
  • Daniel Murphy was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
  • The Mets got to Zito early, (as you can see on the wonderful chart above) scoring four runs in the first inning. In total, Zito lasted just 4.1 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits.He also walked three batters.
  • For once, a Mets game wasn’t stressful!
  • The Mets finish off their west coast swing with a series in San Diego, which starts tomorrow night at 10:05. R.A. Dickey (14-2, 2.83 ERA) will go up against Clayton Richard(7-11, 4.14 ERA).

Series Preview: Mets Get Another Shot At Nationals

Tonight at 7:10, the Mets take on the Nationals in the first game of a three-game series at Citi Field.

This may be the last chance for the Mets. If they can’t take this series, it will be very, very hard for them to get out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves.

The last time the Mets played the Nationals just last week, they lost two of three. The two losses were both of the one-run variety. They lost the first game 4-3 after a comeback attempt in the ninth inning fell just short. Then the next night, they lost it in the tenth on a wild pitch by Pedro Beato with the bases loaded. Luckily, R.A. Dickey and David Wright were there to save the day in the getaway game. Wright hit two home runs and Dickey allowed four runs in 7.1 innings en route to a 9-5 win.

Despite the promising sign at the end of the last Nationals series, they have continued to falter. They were swept by the Dodgers at Citi Field to fall below .500 for the first time all season. That makes this series so critical for the Mets.

Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Monday 7:10

Chris Young (2-4, 4.11 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmerman (7-6, 2.35 ERA)

Game 2- Tuesday 7:10

R.A. Dickey (13-1, 2.84 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (12-5, 3.32 ERA)

Game 3 Wednesday 12:10

Jeremy Hefner (1-3, 5.85 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (10-4, 2.85 ERA)

Notes:

  • Ian Desmond is heading to the DL with an oblique injury. Desmond has been the the biggest offensive threat for the Nationals this season, hitting 17 home runs and driving in 53. He was batting .286 with a .825 OPS. He also has 15 stolen bases. He could be out for well over a month.
  • The Mets don’t get any breaks with the pitching matchups in this series. They are forced to face Washington’s three best pitchers. This is going to be a very tough series…
  • Daniel Murphy is on fire. He has his average up above .300 once again after going 4-for-5 last night. Since June 26, Murphy is hitting .440.
  • The Mets have a 6.36 ERA since the All-Star break.
Jul 9

Morning Links: 7.9.12

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”490”] New York-bound?[/caption]

News:

Rumors:
Opinion:

Morning News: Met Offense Explodes, Bisons Make ASG, Rottino Claimed Off Waivers

Here are the top three stories from Mets-land yesterday:

Yesterday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the Mets obliterated the Cubs in an incredible 17-1 victory over the MLB-worst Cubs. The Mets pounded out 16 hits and drew seven walks en route to their largest margin of victory since 1964.

Daniel Murphy, who had gone an MLB-leading 273 at-bats without hitting a home run, broke out and hit two. He was one of four Mets who had at least four RBI.

The Mets begin a four-game series with the Dodgers tonight.

Three Buffalo Bisons were selected to play in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11 at Coca-Cola Field. Pitchers Fernando Cabrera and Matt Harvey, along with outfielder Valentino Pascucci were selected to play. Cabrera, 30, is the closer for the Bisons and is leading the International League in saves with 15. Harvey, a top Mets prospect, is 6-3 on the year with a 3.69 ERA. Pascucci is hitting only .238 on the season, but has 13 home runs and 45 RBI through his first 73 games.

The All-Star Game will be hosted by the Bisons in their home stadium this year. Click here for more information.

The Indians yesterday claimed Mets outfielder Vinny Rottino off of waivers.

Rottino hit .182 in 33 at-bats with the Mets this season. The 32 year-old was designated for assignment earlier this week by the Mets.

Morning News: Bobby’s The Closer, Mets Add Lefty To ‘Pen, Murph Shaves The Stache

It’s Bobby’s Job

According to Adam Rubin, Terry Collins has made Bobby Parnell the exclusive close in the absence of Frank Francisco. No Jon Rauch. No Ramon Ramirez. None of that. It’s Bobby Parnell’s job to lose.

He really struggled in the closer role last season, blowing six of 12 save opportunities, but I honestly feel he is ready now. He has really worked this year to stop being the “thrower” that he was last year and become more of a pitcher. He’s been the only one that’s stepped up this season in the Mets bullpen, too. No one else really deserves this job.

Mets Add Hampson To ‘Pen

The Mets added lefty Justin Hampson to the roster early yesterday, designating Vinny Rottino for assignment. Mets fans have been calling for Hampson for quite a while, in awe of his impressive performance with the Bisons.

Terry Collins now has two lefty options in the bullpen, and won’t hesitate to use one like he did in the Yankees series.

Murphy’s Stache Is No More

It ends here. Good riddance.

Series Preview: Mets Take Their Struggling ‘Pen Back Home to Face Brewers

Tonight, the Mets begin a brief two-game set  against the Brewers at Citi Field.

The Brewers are a team that has been riddled with injuries. After losing Prince Fielder this offseason to the Detroit Tigers, the Brewers needed everyone on their roster healthy and productive more than most teams. However, Mat Gamel, once thought to be the heir apparent to Fielder at first base, recently suffered a torn ACL which will cause him to miss the rest of the season. Starting shortstop Alex Gonzalez, a new addition that was brought in to supply some veteran leadership, as well as an RBI threat, also has a torn ACL and won’t be ready until next season as well. Lastly, Carlos Gomez, the former Met who has made himself into a Gold Glove contender defender, has been sidelined with a hamstring injury for the past week and a half.

With the lack of offense this year, the Brewers have also needed to rely on their ace, Yovani Gallardo, to carry the load, which he has failed to do. He has a 5.35 ERA in 28.2 innings this season to go along with a 1.55 WHIP. Compare this to his performance last season, in which he went 17-10 along with a 3.52 ERA, and you have a big disappointment. The only bright spots for the Brewers has been the performances of Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, two pitchers the Brewers snagged from the American League a few years back. Marcum has a 3.07 ERA in 44 innings this season, while Greinke has a respectable 3.35 ERA over 43 innings this season.

Here are the pitching matchups for these two games:

Game 1- Tonight 7:10

Miguel Batista (18.1 IP, 5.89 ERA, 2.13 WHIP, .338 BAA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (38.2 IP, 5.35 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, .284 BAA)

Game 2- Tuesday 7:10

Dillon Gee (37.2 IP, 4.78 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, .296 BAA) vs. Zack Greinke (43 IP, 3.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, .252 BAA)

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Here’s a table comparing the two teams:

 Mets

Statistic

 Brewers

.270 (5th in MLB)

AVG

.237 (23rd in MLB)

.343 (3rd in MLB)

OBP

.312 (15th in MLB)

.392 (13th in MLB)

SLG

.412 (9th in MLB)

4.25 (25th in MLB)

ERA

4.62 (26th in MLB)

1.14 (26th in MLB)

WHIP

1.45 (27th in MLB)

19 (13th in MLB)

QS

18 (17th in MLB)

More notes…

—Don’t be surprised if Terry Collins tries some new tactics with the bullpen in this series. After last night’s awful performance/blowup of Frank Francisco, we may be seeing a change in who closes games from now on, which I think is a good thing. I’m not sure Francisco was the right fit from the start. He is eerily similar to Armando Benitez. He keeps you on the edge of your seat whenever he pitches, putting the team in a bad position often at the beginning of innings. In his first blown save against the Marlins over the weekend, he gave up a leadoff double to Giancarlo Stanton that set the tone for the Marlins in that inning and then again last night, giving up the leadoff triple to Emilio Bonifacio. You just can’t do that as a closer, or any type of relief pitcher for that matter. The ejection from the game was also a sign of Francisco’s growing frustration with himself. Maybe a little break from closing games will help him clear his mind.

—Wow, is David Wright hitting! He had another great series down in Miami over the weekend, raising his average from .376 to an even .400. He also had a home run in the second game, and has been making some fantastic plays in the field. His range and the accuracy of his arm have been unbelievable so far this year.

Daniel Murphy has also been quietly putting things together at the plate. Murphy is in the middle of a nine-game hitting streak, and was 8-12 against Miami over the weekend. He is hitting .405 in his last ten games.

—Go Mets!

May 7

Series Preview: Banged-Up Mets Head to Philly

Tonight, the Mets begin a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

[caption id=”” align=”alignright” width=”168” caption=”(Photo Courtesy of Michael Baron)”]Jimmy  Rollins 4[/caption]

The Mets play the Phillies, who, up until this point, have been unable to get on any kind of a roll. Many thought before the season that due to the injuries to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, as well as the age of Jimmy Rollins, their offense would struggle but no one thought it would be this bad. The Phils are in the bottom third in baseball in runs scored, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Catcher Carlos Ruiz has been their best hitter, which is a little odd considering he is a career number seven or eight hitter.

The decent pitching the Phillies have has been the only thing keeping them alive. Despite Cliff Lee (eho will return on Wednesday) hitting the DL, the Phillies’ staff is in the top ten in baseball in quality starts, WHIP, and ERA. Cole Hamels has been stellar, but luckily will not face the Mets in this series.

Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

Game 1- Tonight 7:05

Jon Niese- Niese finally had a bad start in his last outing in Houston. He went only three innings, but that was due to a desparation pinch-hitting move that Terry Collins made in the fourth inning. Niese allowed five earned on six hits in the start.

Roy Halladay- At 35 years old, Halladay is still going strong this season. He is 3-2 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.110 WHIP. He is averaging about seven innings per outing this year.

Game 2- Tuesday 7:05

Miguel Batista- Here we go with Miguel Batista. The 41 year-old has been awful this year, but somehow got the nod from Terry Collins to join the rotation in place of Chris Schwinden. Batista is 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA this year.

Joe Blanton- You would think that you would have an easy go of it against a team’s fifth starter. That’s not the case with Blanton. He threw a shutout against the Braves in his last start, and has been looking good on the mound thus far in 2012.

Game 3- Wednesday 7:05

Dillon Gee- Gee pitched well on Friday against the D-Backs, tossing six innings of two-run ball. He also walked three and struck out six.

Cliff Lee- Lee, who has been suffering from a strained left oblique, will come off the DL on Wednesday to face the Mets in his first start since April 19. In three starts this year, Lee is 0-1 with a 1.96 ERA.

More notes

Ruben Tejada left yesterday’s game with a strained right quad. Tejada hit the DL today and will be replaced on the roster by Jordanny Valdespin.

— Even with Valdespin in the big leagues, we will probably not see much of him. Terry Colins has expressed his liking for Justin Turner. Turner, not Valdespin, will likely get the majority of the playing time at shortstop. I’m not the biggest fan of having Valdespin ride the bench in the majors. I’d much rather have him getting playing time in Buffalo, developing. For those of you wondering, the rule that states a player cannot be recalled until ten days after they were sent down does not apply if they are replacing an injured player.

Ike Davis is hitless in his last four games, going 0-11, which brings his batting average down to .168. Ike has shown signs of coming back to life, only to return to struggling.

Daniel Murphy, on the other hand, had a great series against Arizona. Murphy was 7-12 in the three games, and had two RBI. It’s great to see that maybe Murphy’s fantastic run at the plate last year may not have been a fluke. Terry Collins has moved him up in the lineup in place of Ike Davis.

—Tonight’s and Wednesday’s pitching matchups should be pretty interesting to watch. Both Niese and Gee have pitched well this season. Their ERA’s don’t quite say that, but each of them had one bad outing that basically ruined their ERAs. Other than that, they have pitched well this season. Of course, they will both be going up against two of Philly’s aces, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.

—Jonathon Paplebon has been great so far for the Phillies, saving nine games and pitching to a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings pitched. Just something to look out for if any of these games are close.

Morning News and Notes for 2/24

Here is some news from regarding the Mets organization

Here are some interesting notes from around the web:

  • Michael Baron of MetsBlog interviewed Met infielder Daniel Murphy. Murphy is coming off a major knee injury he suffered last August.                                                                     MY TAKE: I really hope Murphy can gab the job and run with it. His bat is an enormous talent, and it’s sad to see something so valuable being wasted because the Mets can’t find a spot for him. 

Lastly, here is some general baseball news that you may have missed:

Is Daniel Murphy a trade chip?

Leave your feedback…

Aug 7

News: Daniel Murphy done for season

Aug 7

Reaction: Murphy and Reyes injuries