Although David Wright had his share of the injury bug (missing 58 games due to a stress fracture in his back), his presence on the team has been a constant.
Wright has been put through the ringer this year, and as a result, has come out of it a better player.
Wright had to deal with injuries (and mind you it was he who collided with Ike Davis in Colorado that led to Davis going on the DL) to himself and to major parts of the team (Jose Reyes, Davis, Angel Pagan, Daniel Murphy and Jason Bay to start the season).
Wright also had to deal with the Carlos Beltran trade and how it affected the lineup. Beltran provided protection in the lineup. The only protection Wright gets nowadays is from the surging rookie Lucas Duda.
Don’t forget about what Fred Wilpon had to say too. Wilpon took shots at his so-called ‘franchise player,’ saying that Wright is a god player, but not great by any stretch.
Yet, here is Wright continually providing a presence in an otherwise meddling lineup full of wet-behind-the ear youths (Duda, Josh Thole, Justin Turner and Ruben Tejada) and struggling vets (Bay and Pagan).
This has not exactly been a healthy environment for Wright to succeed. Yet, Wright is only getting better as the season winds down.
Prior to going on the DL in May, Wright was batting only .226 with six home runs and 18 RBI’s. Since his return, Wright is batting .304 with four home runs and 21 RBI’s.
Wright is also flashing the leather as he’s been spectacular in the field as well.
Perhaps it was Wright’s injury that was for all to blame in him struggling earlier in the year. There seems to be a sense of calmness and easiness to Wright’s game these days. He seems looser, more agile and more confident.
So, while the Mets may tumble and take their lumps for the duration of the season, Mets fans should have their faith restored back in Wright. He is healthy, hitting, fielding and providing a glimmer of hope.