Collins likes Murphy's play at second base

Collins likes Murphy's play at second base

Collins likes Murphy's play at second base
NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins said he's impressed with the play of Daniel Murphy in his first season as a full-time second baseman.

Murphy was a corner infielder in college, but played first, third and left field throughout his first two seasons with the Mets. He made strides as a first baseman, but New York was set on Ike Davis. So Murphy made the transition to second.

"I think anytime you're a guy who's trying to learn a new position, you spend a lot of time at that position to get comfortable, and Dan has worked very, very hard," Collins said. "I think he's done a very good job defensively, he's really done a good job around the bag."

Murphy has committed 15 errors this year, though Collins said he's seen great improvement in the second half. Sunday marked his 121st start at second this season.

As for his offense, Collins said Murphy is pretty much on par with what the skipper expected at the start of the season. After going 1-for-4 in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Marlins, Murphy -- who has hit in every spot but leadoff -- was batting .292 with six home runs and 63 RBIs.

"He's hit in some different spots in the lineup," Collins said. "Players who come in here like to know where they're hitting in the lineup. But Dan's one of those guys, who as long as his name's in the lineup, he's going to get you some good at-bats."