Why Daniel Murphy isn't terrible

Like many others, I still don’t know what to make of Daniel Murphy. In this lost year for the Mets, despite the fact that so many veteran regulars have been hurt, he’s the only position player under age 25 who has seen significant playing time. image

Unfortunately, he hasn’t exactly risen to the occasion. After last year’s tantalizing .313 BA, .397 OBP, and .473 SLG in 151 plate appearances, Murphy’s performance has been much more pedestrian in 2009: .260 BA, .316 OBP, and .390 SLG in 425 plate appearances.