Legends On Deck

Nats Murphy Takes Over MLB Lead With .411 Batting Average

Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

During the 2015 New York Mets postseason run, Daniel Murphy became an icon with his knack for coming up with the big home run that helped lead the Mets into the World Series for the first time since 2000.

Murphy, became the first player in MLB history to homer in six straight postseason games and hit seven in all.

After the Kansas City Royals beat the Mets in the World Series, New York extended a one-year offer to Murphy for $15.8 million to remain with the team. But Murphy decided against the Mets offer and signed a three-year contract with division rival Washington Nationals and after just 16 games he is proving that it was the best move for his career.

In his Nationals debut on April 4th, he went 2 for 3, with a double, home run and two RBI’s, and after an 0-4 Game Two, he went on a tear hitting safely in 12 straight games batting .452 (16 for 46) in that span.

On Friday the Nationals second baseman took over the Major League lead in batting with a .411 average, while also hitting safely in 14 of his first 16 games.

Murphy’s surprising start to the 2016 season has helped lead Washington to a 12-4 record and a 3.5 game lead over their division rivals, the Mets (8-7), who are 6-2 in their last eight games.

The race for the National East Crown is heating up and it’s still only April. Baseball at it’s best.

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