Three major storylines dominated the New York Mets in terms of who to pick for 2013 team MVP: injuries, underperformance and the trade deadline. Matt Harvey was shut down in August and is heading towards Tommy John surgery. David Wright also missed time due to injuries coming off of his mega deal this past off- season. The struggles of Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda were well documented as all three spent time in triple-A Las Vegas at points this season. Veteran bats John Buck and Marlon Byrd were dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates right in front of the August 31 waiver trade deadline.
Who does that leave for 2013 team MVP? That answer is simple: Daniel Murphy. He was the only regular to make it through the season unscathed from the injury bug. Murphy led the team in batting average (.286), hits (188), RBI (78), games (161), OBP (.319) doubles (38), and runs (92).
Murphy’s season stacked up well against the rest of the National League as well. His 188 hits were good for second in the NL. His 38 doubles placed him seventh in the league in that category and he finished eighth in the NL with 92 runs. He led the league in stolen base percentage, swiping 23 bags in 26 attempts. Murphy was eighth in total bases and second in at bats.
While Murphy’s numbers aren’t knocking down the walls of Cooperstown, he provided something the Mets desperately lacked from the rest of the rest of the roster this season—consistency. Everyday we knew Murph was going to provide a steady presence in the 2-hole of the Met batting order. He was clearly a major leaguer when the same could not be said at many of the other positions around the diamond for the Mets this season.
In the field, Murphy played an okay, not great, second base. He was second in the league in double plays turned. On the other hand, he committed the third-most errors by a second baseman. I am willing to deal with that knowing what Murphy gives you at the plate everyday.
Murphy’s future with the Mets is up in the air this winter. His 2013 stats rank with names like Mike Trout, Hunter Pence, Andrew McCutchen and Ian Desmond as the only players in the league with at least 35 doubles, 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Would the Mets realistically part with someone in who is in the company of those players? The Mets would strongly consider him in a move for some power. Guys like Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Gonzalez aren’t going to come cheap. If the Mets can replace Murphy with someone who can provide similar production (more with the glove and less with the bat) Murphy could certainly be included in a deal this winter.
Regardless of what happens this off-season, Daniel Murphy was the Mets’ 2013 MVP. He was able to stay healthy, survive the trade deadline, and put up very good numbers. These three elements give him the nod over other contenders on the Mets for the honor.
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