After the finale of the Pirates series David Wright saw his average dip below .400 for the first time since May 15th. At the start of play last night in the series opener against the Padres David was batting .399. That did not last long as he stormed back over the .400 mark with a 3-5 effort including a home run, a double and 2 RBI. At nights end he was back up to .405.
Can we get this man a new contract? What are they waiting for? Reports surfaced a few weeks back that they Mets were quietly putting together a long-term deal to offer Wright. Let’s get this done already. He is clearly the face of the team, and if the changes he made in his stance and approach at the plate are for real he is going to be the force we expected him to be a few years back.
I don’t need to go into a long explanation for why he deserves a new deal. But I think it’s clear that he is the man going forward. Aside from a 2 year hiatus where he lost himself and his swing (mainly due to the HR derby and his beaning in the head), he has continued to play at an all-star level. He didn’t play bad during the “hiatus”, things just got weird with a low home run total one year and the increased strike outs.
His season is no longer a hot streak, this may be for real folks. We may be seeing one of the best offensive seasons a Met has ever had. He may not be going to hit 40 home runs, but there is a chance he could challenge for the Mets all-time single season record for the highest batting average.
Check back tomorrow as we take a look at Wright’s chase to break some of the Mets single season records.