Uh oh, I am sure to get Dan the Man and OhMurph all over me on this one.  First let me say that I am a huge Murphy fan.  His attitude I believe separates himself from this discussion and I think is a big part of the new regime of play hard all the time never quit crusaders.  However, today just looks at stats.Luis Castillo, the often maligned 2B for the Mets and former owner of one of Omar's finest contracts, had a terrible year filled with injuries and poor performance in 2008.  However, ironically the with the 2009 Mets becoming a DL parade and regulars under-performing Castillo rebounded to be in the conversation if not the winner of the Mets MVP in 2009.  Of course Castillo would back that up with an awful 2010 as well cementing that signing as a failure.  Lets take a look just at that 2009 season. YearGPARH2B3BHRRBISOBAOBPSLGOPS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 5/24/2012.What most would deem good enough for a #2 hitter.  Obviously you would want a little more power but he did back that up with a surprising 20 stolen bases as well.Now on to Gritty McMurphy. YearGPARH2B3BHRRBISOBAOBPSLGOPS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 5/24/2012.The BA, OBP and SLG are very similar with Castillo having a slight edge in OBP and Murphy in SLG.  Using Castillo's PA as a guide Murphy is on pace for 163 hits, 37 2B, 0 HR, 0 3B, 50 RBI, 72 SO.  Keep in mind also that Murphy has 2 SB and would be on pace for 6.A quick look at just the errors on defense has Castillo with 11 errors and Murphy on pace for around 15.So while many of us were critical of the lack of power for Castillo and how it was actually damaging the Mets in the 2 hole, this year many have even campaigned for Murphy to hit 3rd.  Is it all perception or are those few more doubles actually enough to make Murphy the perfect #2 hitter and keep Castillo the brunt of all jokes?