Murphy went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk as Seattle lost 5-3 to Baltimore on Monday. Murphy opened the scoring with his one-out home run in the fifth, but Baltimore would storm back with five runs in the eighth. He's slashing a disappointing .148/.207/.559.
Murphy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels. Murphy had started each of the Mariners' last three games, with two turns coming at catcher and one at designated hitter. He appears to have forced his way into a timeshare behind the dish, but he'll take a seat Sunday in favor of Luis Torrens.
Murphy went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk and two total RBI in a victory over the Angels on Friday. Murphy blasted a solo shot in the fourth inning to give Seattle a 4-3 lead, then capped the scoring for the Mariners with an RBI double in the eighth. The backstop is batting only .146 on the season, and Friday's performance snapped a nine-game skid during which he collected only one hit in 26 at-bats.
Murphy, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a run in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday, was 0-for-17 with a walk and two runs over the previous six games. The veteran backstop's season slash sits at an anemic .128/.171/.231 across 41 plate appearances heading into Monday night's series opener against the Astros. Murphy has just two total extra-base hits when factoring in Sunday's double as well, but his 41.7 percent hard hit rate and atypically low .174 BABIP imply the hits could start falling more often as the season unfolds. The saving grace for Murphy and his fantasy managers at the moment is that platoon mate Luis Torrens isn't offering much more with his bat, posting a .176/.236/.216 line in his own right across 55 PAs.
Murphy went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Orioles. He took John Means deep in the second inning for his first homer of the year. Murphy has had a sluggish start to the year, ceding playing time to Luis Torrens in the process, but he appears to be turning things around at the plate a bit, as he's 4-for-13 over his last four games.
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