Not that David Wright is having a sub-par year; far from it, as Wright is hitting .308 with three home runs and 20 RBI’s. As usual, Wright is producing at the clip we are accustomed to seeing from him.
However, with the Mets having dropped seven out of their last nine games and dropping two games to the pathetic Miami Marlins this week, this is a time when the “Captain” has to go above and beyond the call of duty and carry the team.
For a Mets’ team not expected to do much, it still is deflating to have meltdown after meltdown and lose confidence in the process. For all the hubbub about being officially anointed as “Captain” in the offseason, now would be the ideal time for Wright to take this mantle and steady the ship. Because as of right now, the water is murky and rough since the Mets sit at 11-15 and in fourth place in the NL East.
We all know of Wright’s merits.
By the time Wright’s done playing this game, we should be looking at the Mets’ best hitter ever. The only thing missing from Wright’s resume are titles.
The only validation Wright needs at this juncture of his career is to win and win consistently. Sure, anybody would have a tough time winning with this current incarnation of the Mets, but this is where Wright’s intangibles and leadership will be put to task. This is where Wright has to take the young guys aside and let them know that you have to be held accountable and give them the “talk.”
The Mets’ have been pitching well recently (yes, shocked at the thought too!) despite not being equipped with a star-studded rotation. It has been the offense, though, that been the Mets’ undoing of late. Prior to exploding (and I say that loosely) for seven runs in Wednesday’s win over Miami, the Mets had only scored 20 runs on 49 hits in the previous nine games. Prior to having a quality day at the plate on Wednesday (going 3-5 with a home run), Wright was among the chief culprits in a lifeless offense; going just 6-27 in his last nine games.
Simply put, when Wright goes on these slumps, the Mets can’t seem to win.
So, with the funk the Mets find themselves in, hopefully Wright’s solid day at the plate on Wednesday can them going in a positive direction. It would be nice if the “Captain” can go on one his patented hot streaks and carry the Mets past the .500 threshold in the near future. If there was a time for Wright to deliver, now would be the ideal time.
Aye, Aye Captain, I know you’re giving it all she’s got!