David Wright officially snapped an 0-for-15 drought with a two-out double in the sixth inning. He then scored the lone run in the Mets’ 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday on Carlos Beltran’s double off the left-field wall.
AWAY THEY GO
David Wright moved farther from the plate after the All-Star break. Pitchers now are going away more, and Wright's average has suffered.
Still, had Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino read Wright’s shot correctly, Wright likely would have been retired and the drought continued. It was Wright’s first extra-base hit since July 31 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Wright has been standing farther from the plate during the second half -- perhaps because he was uncomfortable with being pitched inside so much. The staff is aware of it, but has been unable to convince Wright to adjust.
Not coincidentally, Wright has been failing to reach balls on the outer part of the plate. As a result, pitchers are now throwing a higher percentage of balls away.
In the first half, 49.6 percent of pitches were away. During the second half, that percentage has risen to 54.9 percent.
On those outer-half pitches, Wright hit .255 before the All-Star break when he was closer to the plate. He is hitting .150 since then, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Overall, Wright entered the All-Star break hitting .314. He since has a .198 average.
Meanwhile, Victorino was making his first major league start since being activated from the disabled list following an abdominal strain.
“It beat me,” Victorino said, suggesting he had no chance at Wright’s shot, which seemed like an incorrect assertion. “It beat me. Went over my head. Plain and simple."