Sunday, May 8, 2011
David sees hits Wright around the corner
By Ian Begley
Two out, bottom of the ninth. Mets down two. Jose Reyes on third. David Wright at the plate.
If you’re Mets manager Terry Collins, you have to like your chances.
So when Wright strikes out to end the game, and finishes a six-game homestand with just three hits, are you concerned?
2011 Season Stats
No. At least, not yet.
“I think he’s going to be fine. I know he’s going to be fine,” Collins said on Sunday. “His numbers dictate, as we go along, he’ll get hot. And when he gets hot, he carries you.”
Wright was anything but hot over the past week at Citi Field. He finished just 3-for-16 with seven strikeouts and seven walks. He heads to Colorado on Monday night hitting .240. A month ago, he was hitting .303.
Granted, it’s just 34 games into the season. So it’s not unusual for a batting average to fluctuate as much as Wright’s has.
But what is concerning is that Wright, along with the rest of the Mets hitters, can't seem to come through in the clutch.
The Mets are hitting .158 (11-for-70) with runners in scoring position over the last seven games. For the season, they're batting .223 in such situations. Wright is hitting .219 in 34 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
"I don’t think he’s over-aggressive," Collins said. "I thought he swung at balls that he can handle. I know he’s worked this week on trying to stay on the ball longer … So hopefully in Colorado, as a lot of times happens to hitters, [Wright] can wake up."
Based on the way that he’s feeling at the plate and seeing pitches (22 walks), Wright is optimistic about turning things around at the plate.
“I feel good. I’m seeing it pretty well, drawing some walks,” said Wright, who hasn’t homered since April 24 (45 at-bats). “You have good at-bats, hopefully the results will come. I feel like there are hopefully some good things to come.”