Thursday, May 16, 2013
Murph reaches 5 times, won't take 5th
By Adam Rubin
ST. LOUIS -- Looking for someone to drive in runs, Terry Collins has considered moving Daniel Murphy to the No. 5 slot in the lineup. The reason he has resisted? That would leave a void in Murphy’s No. 2 hole.
Murphy reached base in all five plate appearances Thursday afternoon as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2. He went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a walk, scored twice and drove in the Mets’ opening run.
He has answered an 0-for-17 skid with a stretch of 17 at-bats during which he has 11 hits.
“Dan had a tough couple of weeks where he wasn’t swinging very good,” Collins said. “We all know in the end he’s going to hit .320. It’s just what he does. And when he gets it going, he can be very dangerous. Right now, when we can start getting him on ahead of David [Wright], we’re going to start scoring some runs.”
The difference between the cold and hot stretches?
“Less anxiety,” Murphy said.
Murphy’s second double actually was of the ground-rule variety. It went through, not over, the wall in right field at Busch Stadium.
“I told [umpire] Mike Winters at second: ‘If you can’t see it, it should be a homer.’ He disagreed,” Murphy quipped.
As for Murphy potentially hitting fifth, Collins concluded: “We were talking about it. The hard part is: Who hits second? We’ve got to get somebody on. And Dan’s been getting on. Certainly we’ve talked about moving him to the five-hole because he’s a good hitter. But right now we’re not getting on base, and he’s the one guy who is doing that.”