Maybe the Mets should have re-signed free agent Daniel Murphy this past offseason? Not only is the now-Nationals second baseman putting up MVP-caliber numbers, but he's personally making them pay for not ponying up.
Wednesday, Murphy hit two home runs and drove home three in a 4-2 Nationals victory. It pushed the Washington lead in the NL East to 5 1/2 games. That's actually the lead over the second-place Marlins, because the Mets now trail the Nats by six after being swept in three games.
Murphy's numbers against the Mets in nine games this season?
.429/.447/.800, four homers, 11 RBI.
Murphy, 31, is leading the NL with a .352 average and 103 hits on the season. Throw in a .394 OBP and .590 slugging to boot. He also already has 14 home runs, equaling his career high, which was set last season in 499 at-bats. He's had 293 at-bats this season.
In fact, since Murphy became a full-time player (2012), here are his home runs per season: 6, 13, 9, 14 and now 14 before the halfway point. It all started last postseason, when he had seven homers through nine games in the NLDS and NLCS.
What a remarkable run for Murphy.