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Murph too aggressive on basepaths

WASHINGTON -- Daniel Murphy is on a tear at the plate, hitting .333 (12-for-36) during his current 10-game hitting streak. Baserunning has been a struggle this month, though.

Murphy has been tagged out in the first inning at third base three different times in May. Twice it occurred in Colorado, when he was caught stealing and when he tried to draw a throw on a fake tag for home and was caught too far off the base.

Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy

#28 2B
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM41
  • HR3

  • RBI17

  • R28

  • OBP.368

  • AVG.318

In Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Washington Nationals, Murphy made the final out of the first inning when he rounded third base too far on what otherwise would have been a 3-6 fielder's choice. Minus the miscue, the Mets would have had runners on the corners with two outs.

Murphy said it was simply being overaggressive, not getting lost.

"I didn't get lost. I heard Teufy," Murphy said, referring to third-base coach Tim Teufel. "Teufy wanted me to stay closer to the bag. And I came around too hard and they popped me on it. That's the way it goes."

Asked about the collective baserunning issues this month, Murphy excluded the caught stealing and said: "There's two -- [Rockies third baseman Nolan] Arenado and that one [Sunday]. And Arenado made a really good play on me. And that one I just got caught out too far."