Murphy striving for 200 too

Daniel Murphy leads the NL with 142 hits. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

The number 200 isn’t just a theme for Bartolo Colon.

Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy

#28 2B
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM111
  • HR9

  • RBI49

  • R66

  • OBP.349

  • AVG.305

Second baseman Daniel Murphy is now on pace for 200 hits after his three-hit game Thursday afternoon. Murphy has an NL-best 142 hits through the Mets' first 115 games, which projected over 162 games hits that milestone number on the nose.

It took Murphy a little work to get there. He’s 23-for-51 over his past 12 games and enters tonight’s game with four straight multihit games.

This marks the sixth time a Mets player has had at least 142 hits through his team’s first 115 games. Jose Reyes did it most recently, in 2007, 2008 and 2011, but reached 200 hits only in 2008, when he had 204. Edgardo Alfonzo had 146 hits to this point in 1999 and finished with 191. Lance Johnson had 153 hits in 1996 and finished with a club-record 227.

Johnson and Reyes are the only Mets to have 200 hits in a season and are also the only Mets to lead the National League in hits.

David Wright's high is 196, done in 2007. John Olerud had the most of anyone who didn’t reach 200, with 197 in 1998.

No one in the majors reached the 200-hit plateau last season, with Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals and Adrian Beltre of the Rangers both coming up one short.

The ZiPS projection developed by Dan Szymborski and used by ESPN.com pegs Murphy as coming up a little bit short. It has him finishing with 191 hits.

Murphy has already reached 200 hits in one respect. Thanks to a hot finish last season, Murphy has 202 hits over the past calendar year.