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Monday, August 31, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: DANIEL MUPRHY CAN STILL HIT BUT NOT RUN

Sunday August 30th marked a big win for the resurgent New York Mets who are taking aim at the NL East title and their first playoff run in years.  The key to the victory was a late stolen base by second baseman Daniel Murphy as he put himself in position to score the winning run.  Ordinarily a stolen base is not cause for much discussion in terms of fantasy baseball but when it comes to Murphy, some discussion is warranted.  The steal was only the second of the season for Murphy, who stole as many as 23 in 2013 which put him on the map squarely as a top ten fantasy baseball second baseman.  After coming into the majors showing virtually no speed his first three years, Murphy suddenly broke out with the 23 in 2013.  That number looked like a major fluke as Murphy again never showed the ability to help there previously but it was embraced nonetheless when you consider that he was a good average hitter with not much power.  In other words Murphy was making himself useful on a daily basis instead of his very limited impact prior to the steals explosion.  We however talked about the outlier aspect of the 23 steals going into 2014 but Murphy still did enough there by swiping 13 more bags that season to keep the trend going.  2015 has been a totally different story though as Murphy has two steals going into September and at the age of 30 one has to wonder if that statistic is gone for good.  Overall Murphy has been his solid hitting self without blowing up any one category, batting .283 with 10 home runs and 56 RBI.  Always durable and with eligibility at second, third, and now first base, Murphy is now a better real-life player than a fantasy baseball one.  Another example of how the addition or subtraction of one statistic can change a player's entire outlook. 

 

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