Murph night off, Wright break looming

July, 30, 2012
7/30/12
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Daniel Murphy is hitting .436 in the Mets' past 10 games, but is on the bench for Monday's series opener against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner in favor of Ronny Cedeño at second base.

Collins said he has resolved to get his starters a game off this week, including David Wright on Tuesday or Wednesday. And Collins figured it was more appropriate for Murphy to sit against the hard-throwing Bumgarner, who is holding lefties to a .173 average, than when the Mets face soft-tossing southpaw Barry Zito on Thursday.

"With the weekend, with the way Murph's been swinging, I thought this would be the night, because I like him in there against Zito," Collins said. "... As we all talk about, and we talk about a lot, I need to get some of those other guys in."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 83
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .827
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173