Philly agrees with tired David Wright
June, 23, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Howard Smith/USA TODAY SportsDavid Wright had four extra-base hits Sunday in Philly.
“You’d like to play, but it’s a long season,” Wright said. “It’s been a grind thus far with these rainouts and doubleheaders and stuff. If he’s going to offer one, I’ll probably take him up on it.”
Wright heads into a team off-day on fire. He matched a franchise record with four extra-base hits Sunday as the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-0, at Citizens Bank Park. He is hitting .405 (30-for-74) with eight doubles, one triple, five homers and 11 RBIs in his past 17 games.
Wright fell a single shy of becoming the 11th Met to hit for the cycle.
“He’s tired,” Collins said. “He’s beat up a little bit. Yet he rises when you need him. I’ve been around some really good players, and I’ve been lucky. This guy is as good as any of those guys. He’s just there when you need him. He comes every day to play. And he just absolutely never asks for a day off. He’s going to get one this week, but he never asks for one.”
Wright added that he would prefer a full day off to serving as the designated hitter in Chicago.
“I’m not a huge fan of DHing,” he said. “… I’d probably rather play the game and just get a full day off.”
Wright now has 17 homers at Citizens Bank Park, the most of any visiting player in the ballpark’s 10-year history. The only road ballpark in which Wright has more homers: Turner Field in Atlanta (18). And that’s only because of a two-homer game on the first leg of this road trip.
Wright gave the Philly ballpark a slight nod in terms of his favorite between the two.
“To hit in? This is a little more hitter-friendly here,” he said. “It helps when the wind is blowing out. That’s a tough one, but I think this is a better place to hit.”
Wright and Collins both asserted that Marlon Byrd’s performance batting behind Wright has benefited the third baseman.
“Right now he’s started to get some balls to hit,” Collins said. “He went quite a while where he didn’t get a lot to hit and took it upon himself to still try to get hits.”
“I’m seeing better pitches to hit,” Wright agreed. “No question.”
As for whether he would have preferred to trade his one of his doubles for a single and the cycle, Wright lightheartedly said: “No. I like doubles.”