Captain Wright: Skid must stop here

MIAMI -- David Wright said the Mets must stop their skid quickly.

With Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Miami Marlins, the Mets have dipped a game below .500, at 16-17. And suddenly they are tied with the Phillies for last place in the NL East standings, entering Philadelphia's night game at Toronto.

David Wright

David Wright

#5 3B
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM33
  • HR1

  • RBI17

  • R15

  • OBP.322

  • AVG.277

The Mets went 1-6 in Denver and Miami to close their three-city trip, capped by a dominating eight-inning performance by Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler on Wednesday.

"This is where we've gotten ourselves in trouble in the past. We allow these things to kind of stretch out for a couple of weeks rather than a series here and there," Wright said. "We knew it was going to be a tough road trip going into it. At least I thought it would be a tough road trip, because I've been here long enough to know we've had our struggles at Coors, and in the short time that this place has been open we've had our struggles here. It would have been nice to win a couple of the games that we should have won, that we kind of gave away.

"But this is where we need to stop it here. There's an off day tomorrow and then regroup. We've been playing better at home as of late. So, hopefully, we can take care of business at home. Hopefully the difference between this year and the last couple of years is when we go in these little slides we stop it at a series or stop it at two series rather than let it carry over and turn into a couple-week thing."

As for the recent struggles, Wright added, "We hit well at Coors. Unfortunately they hit a little better. Here, we faced a pretty good staff also. You've got to give them some credit, as well. Probably it's a little bit of our offense approach where we got into a little funk. But also you've got guys throwing 95 mph with secondary pitches that they're throwing for strikes. That makes for a long day. There are not too many offenses that are built to go out there and hit with what those guys were throwing the last three days.

"You go up there and you try to eliminate pitches. When a starter has got three or four pitches, you try to eliminate a pitch or two that he's not throwing for a strike. And you can't do that. When you go up there and he's got 94, 95 mph when he needs it, and then he'll throw a 92-93 mph sinker, have the curveball working, dropping it in for a strike, and a slider as a put-away pitch, it's just one of those days where you couldn't eliminate anything as a hitter."