[Daniel] Murphy’s consistency at the plate, his onslaught of singles and doubles, has buoyed the Mets while they have tried to cope with numerous injuries and several high-profile departures. Entering play on Wednesday, he was fifth in the National League in batting with a .319 average. The fact that he started the season as a role player — and that he missed all of last season with injuries — has made his ascent all the more impressive.
At the same time, he is presenting the Mets with an almost comical quandary. Just where exactly should he play considering his misadventures at any number of positions?
In a game in Cincinnati last week, Murphy, again playing first, cut off a strong throw from the outfield that might have nabbed the runner headed to the plate — with several of his teammates visibly wincing. Later he bowled over the Mets’ closer, Jason Isringhausen, to get a ground-ball out at first.
“He’s exciting,” Manager Terry Collins said of Murphy afterward with a wry smile.
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