Daniel Murphy started off the 2016 campaign on fire, finishing the month with a batting average of .397. Now, he sits with a batting average of .349. While that is still good enough to be the leader in the National League, Murphy is seemingly coming back to Earth.
There are a couple of reasons as to why this drop in average is happening, including hitting the ball on the ground more and just good old fashion Murphy’s Law.
More news from around the National League East:
- One of the teams trying to chase down the Nationals, the New York Mets, are having a rough go of it. Things haven’t gotten so bad that some are asking if there is really anything else that can go wrong for them? Injuries on top of injuries have plagued this team from really getting into any sort of rhythm this season.
- Phillies pitching prospect Mark Appel had season-ending elbow surgery on a bone spur in his right elbow (not good for Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz, who are both dealing with similar issues).
- The Marlins are looking for bullpen help, with both Aroldis Chapman and Fernando Rodney on the shortlist.
- A preliminary schedule shows when the Braves will get to open their new stadium, SunTrust Park.