Mets’ Daniel Murphy Pulls Off Most Difficult 1-3-1 Putout Imaginable
As MLB enters September, the Mets find themselves in unfamiliar territory: first place with a healthy lead. They have a run differential against their opponents of 52, or the lowest among all 6 division leaders. So they can't afford to give up a lot of runs, especially to the worst team in the NL.
If the @Mets never lose again will that be a record? Can an MLB expert look that up for me?
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) August 28, 2015
In today's game in Philadelphia, the Mets quickly found themselves down 5-0 to the Phillies. But then they cranked out 3 home runs in the next 2 innings to tie things, 5-5 (the Mets have 43 HRs this month, the most in franchise history for a calendar month). And then in the bottom of the tenth, with Jeff Francouer at the plate, the defense did this:
That's your made-to-order 1-3-1 putout. As if Daniel Murphy having the reaction time to field that ball off of pitcher Carlos Torres wasn't enough, then he did what must have been a no-look shovel throw to the area of the bag where Torres hustled over, caught the ball, and beat Francouer to the base.
mets just made a million to one play. 1-3-1. i'm starting to believe.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 28, 2015
So of course, Murphy then drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 13th with a two-run double.
There's a new hero every night it seems. Tonight it's Murphy. #Mets
— Steve Markham (@steve_markham) August 28, 2015
The Mets may be in unfamiliar territory, but they're acting like they've been there before.
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.
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