MLB.com’s Marty Noble reports that Mets skipper Jerry Manuel is contemplating placing left fielder Daniel Murphy in the No. 2 hole, which would relegate the resurgent Luis Castillo to the eight hole in the batting order.
Manuel’s rationale is that he likes Murphy’s hitting so much, it would be a shame not to have him hitting in the ninth inning when game-winning hits and runs are on the line. He says Murphy is improving defensively, even though Murphy himself admits to awkwardness as an outfielder.
Of course, Manuel has been known to play around with the batting order to get players motivated, as he did with Jose Reyes when it was suggested that Reyes be moved to the No. 3 hole. But Castillo has seemed reinvigorated lately in speed and offense and, from all outside appearances, doesn’t look like he needs the motivation right now.
Also, The Hartford Courant has this story about how Murphy is trying to improve his defense.
So, is Manuel really considering this or continuing to play with his players’ minds? Would you rather see Murphy batting second and Castillo eighth or do you think Castillo is better off as a No. 2?
Other notes: Left-handed reliever Tom Martin, who had sustained a couple of injuries, was released Sunday. RHP Brandon Knight was sent assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.