Sunday, May 19, 2013
TC unsure how long Murph is leading man
By Adam Rubin
CHICAGO -- Terry Collins, who installed Daniel Murphy as the leadoff hitter for Sunday's series finale against the Chicago Cubs, is unsure if the assignment will continue.
Murphy becomes the seventh player to be used in that spot by the Mets this season, joining Ruben Tejada (12 times), Jordany Valdespin (10), Mike Baxter (eight), Collin Cowgill (seven), Justin Turner (two) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (one). Mets leadoff men have hit an MLB-worst .185. Their .255 collective on-base percentage ranks only better than the Minnesota Twins (.250).
Murphy is 14-for-his-last-25. He also batted leadoff four times in 2009.
During spring training, Collins also considered batting Murphy leadoff.
"I'll see how it goes," Collins said about Murphy remaining the leadoff hitter. "He's swinging good. He's swinging great. And we've got to get guys on ahead of David [Wright]. ... I figured I'd give it a shot and get him up there enough times and maybe he can do some damage.
"I thought about it in spring training, to be honest, whether or not to lead Murph off. We'll just see how it goes. It might be something we've certainly got to consider as we get deeper into the season, because he can hit. He gets on base. If he does that, certainly we've got to keep our options open with Murph being the leadoff hitter."