The Nationals went 12-7 against the Mets this season, which is one reason why they currently lead the NL East by 10 games with only 16 to play. Leads don't get much more comfortable than that. Washington should punch its ticket to the postseason in about a week or so.
One of the reasons the Nationals have dominated the Mets this year and have that big division lead is former Met and NL MVP candidate Daniel Murphy. He went 1 for 2 with an intentional walk Wednesday, meaning he's now hit safely in all 19 games against his former team this season. Here is Wednesday's single:
All told, Murphy went 31 for 75 (.413) in those 19 games against New York. He also had six doubles, seven home runs, and 21 RBI. Geez. That is some serious ownage, huh? Here are some more numbers:
Murphy in 2016 overall: .348/.393/.598 with 25 HR and 102 RBI
Murphy vs. Mets in 2016: .413/.444/.773 with 7 HR and 21 RBI
Murphy vs. all other teams in 2016: .337/.384/.567 with 18 HR and 81 RBI
Murphy has been excellent against everyone this season, that's why he's going to get a boatload of MVP votes, but he's really taken it up a notch against his former team. It's been more than a half-century since a player hit in 19 straight games against his former team.
Per Elias, Murphy's 17-game hit streak vs. Mets is most by a player vs. his previous-year team since Lou Brock (17) for STL vs. CHC in 1965.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 13, 2016
Murphy credits Mets hitting coach Kevin Long for his massive improvement this year. Remember, this all started late last season and it carried over into the postseason, when he went deep in a record six straight games.
Do the Mets regret not re-signing Murphy during the offseason? I think the answer is very clearly yes. Hey, maybe UConn lefty Anthony Kay, the kid the Mets took with the compensation draft pick they received for Murphy, will turn into a stud one day. That might soften the blow ... a little.