The New York Mets have had an interesting first half to say the least. The Mets came out of the gates strong in April, struggled mightily in May and June, but appeared to find their way right before the All Star Break. While the Mets dealt with injuries and inconsistent performance, one player managed to rise above it all to put together arguably his best season. Daniel Murphy was rewarded with an All Star selection for his strong first half, and he's our choice for the Mets' first half MVP.
Everyone knows Murphy's numbers at this point (.294, 7, 37), but he has been much more valuable than the numbers indicate. Murphy played in a team high 92 games in the first half, missing only one game between April 1st and July 12th. Murphy has been a consistent performer for the Mets, never hitting lower than .293 in a month over the season's first three months. Murphy has also adapted to whatever the Mets have thrown at him, batting in five different spots in the batting order as the Mets tried to get their offense into a groove. Murphy even filled in for David Wright as the third place hitter for a week when Wright was injured, and did an admirable job in that spot.
Murphy is best in his current place in the lineup, hitting second behind Curtis Granderson and in front of David Wright. Murphy was justly rewarded with the first All Star appearance of his career, and he fittingly goes as the Mets' only representative this year. While there will be speculation about whether Murphy will be traded before the trade deadline, it just shows how valuable Murph has become to the Mets. Murphy has given the Mets a difficult decision going forward, but that is a discussion for another day. Murphy was clearly the Mets' best player in the first half and he could be a big part of a dream playoff push in the second.
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