I have to say that I have been quite unimpressed with David Wright lately. He does not hit. He is lacking in defense again. He looks as if he is defeated when he comes to the plate. In Sunday night’s game, the Cubs loaded the bases just to pitch to him because he was doing nothing all night. There were memories of Rey Ordoñez that kept going through my mind in the ninth and tenth inning.
So I have to wonder, does he have a future here?
What is Wright supposed to be? What is he being paid for? He is supposed to be the big bat of the New York Mets. Was he not supposed to be the younger version of Mike Piazza? (This is not to say he can be him because Piazza is irreplaceable.) However, he should have the same job description as Piazza: the clutch hitter. Many have said he is the “face of the franchise” and the “captain” of this team. If this is what the face of the franchise looks like, I think it might be time to find another team to root for. From where I stand, it seems like Jose Reyes is more the face of this franchise than Wright is.
I went to Sunday night’s game and heard fans actually saying they wanted Wright traded so that more money is taken off the payroll, re-sign Reyes and perhaps use Daniel Murphy at third base. Now we all know that is not going to happen, but it is not as if he cannot be replaced. We’ve been through this before. If you have to choose between Reyes and Wright, you take Reyes. He offers more.
Yet before you start packing his bags, think about this. The Mets organization is pretty much resigned to the fact they will be making changes to the outfield walls of some sort. With that said, it does change things. Those walls have been the death of quite a few players on this team. Wright has been robbed of quite a few home runs in left. So you can keep him providing he actually makes contact with the ball, something he does not seem to remember all that much how to do.
Something else to think about: David Wright is on pace to have his lowest batting average since coming to the big leagues. Was he not supposed to get better? His best year was 2009 with a .307 batting average. It was his lowest home run totals for the year at 10, with five at Citi Field and five on the road. Just some stats I would throw your way. Come to your own conclusions.