When the 2015 Major League Baseball season began, the name Daniel Murphy was mostly unknown to people who weren’t fans of the New York Mets. In his first 6 seasons, he put up respectable numbers. Mostly hitting in the high .200s to low .300s, hitting a lot of doubles and stealing a few bases. But in October of 2015, Daniel Murphy’s world changed… And now he’s one of the hottest names in all of baseball.
Last year, during the Mets postseason run, Murphy hit a home run in 6 straight games, a new record. He also had an RBI in 7 straight games. Only Lou Gehrig had done that before in the playoffs. All of this resulted in the Mets first World Series appearance since 2000.
After his team lost in the World Series, Murphy, 31, left for Washington DC and signed a 3 year 37.5 million dollar deal with the Nationals. At the time, many wondered if he would play up to the contract. During the 2015 regular season, he hit .281 with just 14 home runs and 73 RBIs… Not exactly eye popping numbers.
But now, as we approach July, Murphy has quieted any doubters. At the time of this article, he has a .350 batting average, which leads the National League. He has 12 home runs, just 3 away from passing up his total from last year. He has 100 hits, but more impressively, just 32 strike outs.
The Nationals are also in first place in the National League East, while Murphy’s former team, the Mets, are chasing them in second.
Daniel Murphy is an MVP candidate so far this year, but the big question is, can he keep up this career resurgence, or will he come back down to earth? The Nationals are hoping for the former.