NEW YORK -- David Wright’s inability to turn a seventh-inning double play at second base wasn’t for lack of practice, the third baseman suggested after the Mets’ 1-0 loss to the Yankees on Thursday at Citi Field.
“I practice it pretty much every day,” the captain said. “I feel very comfortable over there.”
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Daniel Murphy fielded the baseball. And with the Mets playing an overshift, the third-baseman Wright accepted the throw at second base for the initial out.
Wright had turned a 3-5-3 double play on an overshift on McCann to complete Monday’s game but suggested this one was different. This time, Wright said, he reached like a first baseman to accept the throw from Murphy. And he never generated enough on the throw to first base as a result. It came up slightly short and wide of Duda, who was unable to scoop it.
“Next time I probably need to build a little more momentum getting into second base so I can kind of step through it and make a stronger throw and not have to rush so much from a stationary position,” Wright said. “I kind of took a peek and saw him getting down the line fairly well and I knew it was going to be a close play. So I tried to rush it a little bit and just couldn’t come up with as good a throw as I would have liked if I would have been able to come across the bag with some momentum.”
Wright had a chance to redeem himself in the bottom of the eighth. Batting with runners on the corners and two outs, though, he grounded out to shortstop against David Robertson to cap an 0-for-4 night with three strikeouts.
Wright suggested he is trying to do too much because of Mets’ scoring troubles and, as a result, chasing pitches outside of the strike zone.
“Obviously it works against you when you’re up there trying too hard or you’re trying to hit the ball extra hard,” Wright said. “I felt that a little bit tonight, where I wanted to drive the ball and put some guys in scoring position. And instead of just being nice and easy and taking what they give you, you start over-swinging, you start not seeing the ball as well, and swinging at pitches outside the strike zone. You’re not going to be successful at all when you do that.”