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Murphy working hard to become a good leftfielder

There are 11 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 23, 2009, titled Murphy working hard to become a good leftfielder. In it, Newsday reports that:

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - To keep Daniel Murphy's bat in the lineup, the Mets have to make sure he can use his glove, too.

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Lou

Ellenwood, GA

#1 Mar 23, 2009
I like Daniel Murphy and it is nice to see the farm system produce, however I would like to turn my attention to the starting pitcher. I am very concerned about how things are going. Maine does not look good at all, I still have a sneaking suspicion that we don't know about the health of Santana, Redding has medical problems, and Perez, well we all know about him and his mental state. Is Pelfrey ready to go or not? I see no alternative at this point but to give Pedro a shot as a fifth starter. He won't cost a lot of money and you can release him if it doesn't work out. I haven't kept up with all the news but how is Niese doing? If we have to go into the open market there is very little available. I don't think our pitching is very good now and I emphasize now.
Metsfan86

New York, NY

#2 Mar 23, 2009
Murph reminds me of Dave Magadan, a talented hitter but with more power I hope. As for the rotation, the Mets will be alright but Maine has the same problem as Perez, it's all mental. Fifth starter? I liked Pedro but he's a lock to be injured by mid season. Hopefully Livan Hernandez can hold his own and maybe we see Niese starting next year or at least towards the end of this season.
Bill

Mooresboro, NC

#3 Mar 23, 2009
The only thing I disagree with is batting Murphy second. Yes he puts the ball in play, but the#2 hitter responsibitliy, especially behind Reyes,is to move the runner. This means essentially giving yourself up for the team. Murphy has HR power and IMO he would be better off hitting 6th. Let Castillo hit 2nd, to move Reyes over, either to 2nd or 3rd if Reyes steals 2nd. I also like Beltran hitting 3rd, where he was in '06.
Lou, Neise was sent to AAA last week and it appears Hernandez will be the fifth starter, until Redding is healthy again. Omar was adamant that he would not sign Pedro.
Lou

Ellenwood, GA

#4 Mar 23, 2009
Bill: thanks for bringing me up to date on the pitching situation. Is Pedro such a downside risk that he isn't worth the gamble? this guy has pitched in world series and if we need to take a chance, why not. I would hate to see him go to another team and be a 15 game winner.
jeffinfla

Saint Petersburg, FL

#5 Mar 23, 2009
As Ron Darling said during a telecast last year, Murphy has that "it" factor. Some guys have it, some guys don't.
Everyone kept saying the Mets needed to address left field. I think they have two corner outfielders who are the exact ingredients a contending club needs. They're both fundamentally sound and play the game the right way. I think Murphy (offensively speaking only) could be more like Mattingly than Magadan. He has amazing plate discipline for someone his age, has a beautiful stroke, and I think will add power along the way. More importantly, he gets it. He'll do whatever it takes to improve his game. For example, he apparently spent a lot of the off season working on his defense. Church is very similar. He ads depth to the line-up. With the people hitting in front of him, a lot of pitchers will settle on pitching to him and Ryan should see lots of rbi opportunities. Figure Tatis gets some starts in left and right, maybe spells Delgado at first, and pinch hits. That should give him enough ab's to keep him happy.
SC-NJ

Jersey City, NJ

#6 Mar 23, 2009
I like Murph a lot and think he'll turn into a real everyday player. My one concern is his penchant for landing on his back knee after every swing. I've never seen anyone do that...maybe it's only when he's swings and misses...could be a flaw in his approach.

Anyone else out there notice this?
Bill

Mooresboro, NC

#7 Mar 23, 2009
Lou wrote:
Bill: thanks for bringing me up to date on the pitching situation. Is Pedro such a downside risk that he isn't worth the gamble? this guy has pitched in world series and if we need to take a chance, why not. I would hate to see him go to another team and be a 15 game winner.
Hey, I'm on your side on this issue, but for whatever reason Minaya has stated he has no interest in Pedro. I saw him pitch in the WBC and he looked good. With Redding hurting and Hernandez looking iffy, Pedro would sure make a great backup/insurance policy IMO.
kat

Pompano Beach, FL

#8 Mar 23, 2009
Bill wrote:
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Hey, I'm on your side on this issue, but for whatever reason Minaya has stated he has no interest in Pedro. I saw him pitch in the WBC and he looked good. With Redding hurting and Hernandez looking iffy, Pedro would sure make a great backup/insurance policy IMO.
. Are you guys watching and reading the same thing I am??? Livan has pitched very well, his era is in the low 3's and he is improving every outing,
TEM-rM

United States

#9 Mar 23, 2009
Lou wrote:
Bill: thanks for bringing me up to date on the pitching situation. Is Pedro such a downside risk that he isn't worth the gamble? this guy has pitched in world series and if we need to take a chance, why not. I would hate to see him go to another team and be a 15 game winner.
Don't worry Pedro will not play 15 games this year.

The Mets should put Evans and right field and trade Church for another starter. Pedro is not the answer people. He already said he will not take Tom Glavine money to play and we all should know by now that he is another Moises Alou. Looks good for a couple of games a year.
Del

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Mar 23, 2009
SC-NJ wrote:
I like Murph a lot and think he'll turn into a real everyday player. My one concern is his penchant for landing on his back knee after every swing. I've never seen anyone do that...maybe it's only when he's swings and misses...could be a flaw in his approach.
Anyone else out there notice this?
It's only a flaw when you don't get results. He could land on his head for all I care - just hit.
New Yorker in Florida

Tampa, FL

#12 Mar 24, 2009
Bill wrote:
The only thing I disagree with is batting Murphy second. Yes he puts the ball in play, but the#2 hitter responsibitliy, especially behind Reyes,is to move the runner. This means essentially giving yourself up for the team. Murphy has HR power and IMO he would be better off hitting 6th. Let Castillo hit 2nd, to move Reyes over, either to 2nd or 3rd if Reyes steals 2nd. I also like Beltran hitting 3rd, where he was in '06.
Lou, Neise was sent to AAA last week and it appears Hernandez will be the fifth starter, until Redding is healthy again. Omar was adamant that he would not sign Pedro.
I agree with you (and I am sure others) that the Mets would be better with Murphy in the 6th or 7th slot.
Mostly on account of the lack of balance and RBI potential at the back of the order with Castillo batting 8th and forcing the catcher (either one) to bat 7th. Church would be pitched around and around again for good measure. I don't disagree with Manuel's assessment that Murphy would be a good 2nd slot hitter - I just think there is no balance to the lineup that way. IMHO Castillo's only value in the lineup is doing well in that 2nd slot. If the catchers were better hitters in the 7th slot then maybe they could afford to look at the 8th slot like a {get on base for the pitcher to bunt-over and setup the top of the order guy}. But in this lineup it would be diluting the support behind the 4th and 5th hitters.
I disagree with Beltran batting 3rd over Wright. I believe that when Wright has the right approach he is the best 3rd place hitter the Mets have on this squad and better than most in MLB.

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