Walker totaled two RBI on a two-run double he hit in the fifth inning. He's now hitting .300/.333/.457 for the season. Walkers hitting streak has extended to nine games with the solid performance.
"Lack of spring training, more than anything," Collins said Sunday.
Murphy took just 17 at-bats in spring training with a right hamstring injury and has just two hits in his last 19 at-bats entering Sunday's game. Collins remains in Murphy's corner for the long haul.
"He's got a track record," Collins said. "I'm not worried. We've just got to get him going."
Muno, who is serving as the team's designated hitter and batting eighth, is making his first start of the season. He's 1 for 3 with a stolen base while serving as a pinch-hitter.
"I knew coming into the series that I was going to DH Danny Muno today," manager Terry Collins said. "And I really don't want to tell you why, because I don't want them to know why. But there's a reason why he's in there today."
The Mets are underdogs (+135) against their in-town rivals Sunday.
Russell bases-clearing double extended his team's lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning and provided the margin of victory for the Cubs.
"It’s just a stepping stone," Russell said of his hit after the game, per MLB.com. "I need to capitalize on that and bring it to the next game."
The double was the second in three games for Russell, who has hit just .136/.136/.227 with 12 strikeouts in 22 at-bats.
"He’s going to keep coming on offensively," Maddon said. "Defensively, he’ll get more used to playing where he’s supposed to be [at second] and that’s when you’ll see even better play at second base."
The four-hit performance caps off a big series for the second baseman, as Gordon went 8 for 13 with one walk, one RBI and one stolen base during his team's three-game sweep of the Nationals. He has hit .390/.407/.463 with eight stolen bases, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored in 82 at-bats.
"I think, in general, we're seeing a lot of pitches," Maddon said. "That's not a bad thing. Every hitter goes up there and we're just not up there hacking, we're working mindful at-bats and that's fun to watch."
Maddon indicated that Russell, who is just 3 for 18 with 10 strikeouts and no walks, is still getting his feet on the ground.
Gennett suffered a left hand laceration in an accident while showering. The injury required stitches. He's expected to have his stitches removed this week. On the 15-day disabled list, Gennett is expected to return to the team the moment he's eligible to.
Peterson has shared time at second base with Alberto Callaspo, who has also made eight starts at third base, and Phil Gosselin, leading to Peterson seeing just 11 of a possible 17 starts at the position. He's seen action all over the starting lineup, batting first or second in four of the team's first five games but spending most of his time batting seventh or eighth as of late.
Peterson has hit just .171/.239/.220 in 41 at-bats. He's starting at second base and batting sixth in Sunday's matchup with the Phillies, in which the Braves are underdogs (+100).
Kendrick did his only damage in the fifth inning when he ripped a 2-2 pitch from Ian Kennedy over the center field wall for a two-run home run, his third of the season. Kendrick is now hitting .308 with 12 RBI in 65 at-bats this season.
"It's not just about hits, folks," said Maddon. "If anybody wants to make it just about hits, fine. But if you want to play that game, you're going to lose a lot. You've got to catch it. He's a very good baserunner and runs well. He does a lot of things to help us win games."