Daniel Murphy went 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk in last night’s extra-innings win over the Cincinnati Reds, leaving him with a .344/.399/.581 line, 21 doubles, 13 HRs, 23 walks and 30 Ks in 67 games and 296 plate appearances on the season. Murphy hit a 1-1 fastball from Reds’ reliever Michael Lorenzen out to right field in the sixth. Murphy’s 13 home runs are one short of his season-high from his time with the Mets when he hit 14 in 538 PAs in 2015. He hit 13 in 697 PAs in 2013, and 12 in 556 back in 2009. Last season, of course, he set a career-high with 25 in 531 PAs, and he’s on his way to matching that mark. Dusty Baker was asked after the Nationals’ come-from-behind, 6-5 win over the
Martellus Bennett spent the first four years of his NFL career in Dallas, where his quarterback was Tony Romo. When his time in Big D was done, he went to New York to play with Eli Manning and the Giants. After that, he spent three years in Chicago playing with Jay Cutler. Through eight seasons, he got to play with better passers than most guys ever get to play with. Now, though, Bennett is even more spoiled. A trade during the 2016 offseason sent Bennett from Chicago to New England, where he got to play with none other than Tom Brady. Marty B caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, and won a Super Bowl as well. That performance earned him a three-year deal from the Green Bay Packers,
A friend and teammate, Danny Valencia, was in his ear. It was time to change. Another, friend and brother-in-law Manny Machado, urged the same. They believed he could be better, too.