In his second year with the Washington Nationals, Daniel Murphy continues to punish the New York Mets almost every time they play. Murphy left the Mets after the 2015 campaign, where he saw his free agency stock rise due to his historic postseason that ended with a World Series loss to the Royals, hitting a homerun in six straight games and off of some of the games best pitchers including Clayton Kershaw, Zach Grienke, and Jake Arrieta.
After the Mets only offered him a qualifying offer for one year, $15.3 million, he chose to test free agency where the Nationals gave him a three year, $37.5 million contract. Since that day, he has haunted the team that let him go.
In 19 games against the Mets last season, Murphy hit in all 19 games going 31-for-75, for a .413 batting average. He also added seven home runs and 21 RBI. In the first game of the rivalry this season he failed to get a hit. The other two games were a different story. Game two saw him go 2-for-5, and game three he went 1-for-4. The one hit was a big one. He launched a grand slam in the first inning to give the Nationals a lead they would not look back from.
Another player that had tons of success when playing against the Mets is Chipper Jones. Another division rival that always beat the Mets. In 245 games against the Mets, Jones batted .309, hitting 49 home runs and had a .406 on base percentage. Jones. playing for the Braves dominated the Mets for over a decade, maybe Murphy will do the same.
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