With each new season comes similar storylines for some of the Mets players. One of those players is Mets captain and superstar David Wright.
On last night’s telecast, SNY’s Keith Hernandez made mention of a problem that has contributed to long stretches of issues for Wright. That problem is Wright’s tendency to make his swing longer. For the fans that follow this team on a regular basis know that this isn’t something new. Over the past three to four seasons, Wright has gone through long periods of time where his swing just isn’t what it should be and he struggles.
Most of the time this swing issue can be linked to a rough period for the Mets offense, meaning that Wright is trying to do too much at the plate, causing his swing to get longer and getting his hitting rhythm out of sync.
Last night in particular, Hernandez pointed out Wright missing a pitch he normally crushes on a nightly basis and went through the replay and showed the long swing that Wright currently has.
In addition to that, Wright is opening his shoulder quicker on breaking pitches, which throws his whole swing off.
But like mentioned before, this isn’t something knew for Wright. When the offense is struggling and the media is talking about it a lot, Wright tends to want to do it all for his team and that can spell these kinds of streaks.
With Granderson struggling behind him and the rest of the lineup struggling to hit well at home, Wright feels it is all on him to try to fix it and get the teaming going again. It’s the captain’s nature to want to put it all on himself and be the leader.
At some point Wright will fix his swing, take the ball the other way more and have more success. But this points to a larger problem for the Mets.
Consistently, Wright hasn’t had enough protection and offense in the lineup behind him to be comfortable. That leads to these problems, year after year. There’s signs of offense that can produce on a daily basis, but it hasn’t shown up enough this year. This is the best Mets roster offensively in a while, yet Wright is struggling again.
It’s going to take some outside additions plus the in-house options playing better (which includes playing the best players everyday #FreeLagares) for all this to be put together and for the Mets to start winning ball games again. Citi Field is becoming a distraction for a struggling offense when the players need to work within the dimensions. Line-drives are a player’s best friend, especially in a big park like Citi Field.
The more this offense struggles, the more distractions and excuses will surround the team. That won’t help this team win, especially with a 90-win goal already in place. David Wright is the key here. Get players behind him playing well, let him get comfortable and he’ll start hitting like he knows how to. All of that leads to more Mets wins. If this trend of hitting poorly at home continues, the season could be lost in a flash and nobody wants that.