With one-half of a major league season experience in his back pocket, Daniel Murphy is still learning. His education includes a new vocabulary. In May, Murphy was introduced to a word he’d never heard before – slump.
From May 9 through May 31, in 20 games, Murphy was 6-for-46 (.130) including a 2-for-31 skid over one two-week period. His season batting average dropped from .324 to .250 while his on-base percentage plummeted nearly 50 points, from .373 to .325.