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Daniel Murphy Could Lead National League in Hits for 2014 Season

August 10th, 2014 at 1:50 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets don't usually have offensive players lead the league in many categories. The Mets have been known as a pitching rich franchise since they were established in 1962, and that pitching has helped them win two World Series titles. The Mets' last offensive league leader of note came in 2011, when Jose Reyes won the NL batting crown before departing in free agency this winter. This season, however, the Mets may have the National League's hits leader on their roster.

That man is second baseman Daniel Murphy, who leads the National League with 144 hits over his first 113 games. Murphy is hitting a strong .303 on the season with nine homers and 50 RBI's, and he is on pace for a career high 198 hits on the year. Murphy was on a 200 hit pace before he went hitless last night, and could become the first Met to record 200 hits in a season since Reyes back in 2008.

Murphy currently leads San Francisco Giants' outfielder Hunter Pence by six hits for the NL lead. Murphy is also in the top 10 in the NL in batting average, one of only 10 qualified hiters to be over .300 on the season. Murphy has without a doubt been the Mets' offensive catalyst this season, and the fact he could reach 200 hits this season speaks to how strong a year he is having. Murphy's strong season could impact his future this winter, but for now the Mets are enjoying having one of the National League's best offensive players batting in the two hole in their lineup.

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