Tuesday, July 6, 2010
David's all Wright in June
By Ian Begley
David Wright says he appreciates being named National League Player of the Month for June. But he doesn't look at the award as a barometer of success.
"I’ve never really looked at numbers as a success/failure-type grade," Wright said.
Even if he won't say it, it's safe to say Wright earned an 'A' for his hitting in June.
Wright led the NL with a .404 average (42-for-104) and 29 RBI.
He was second in slugging (.683) and on-base percentage (.447) and tied for third in doubles (11). He had eight three-hit games and was the first Met to finish a month hitting at least .400 with 25-or-more RBI.
Wright did allow that June was "right up there at the top" of the list of months in his career.
"As far as the team winning and the lineup clicking the way it has, it’s obviously going to be right up there at the top as far as the months I’ve been apart of with this team so far," he said.
Wright has two Player of the Month awards. He last won it in June 2006.
DAY OF REST: Manuel said before the game that he planned to give some regulars a day off on Wednesday against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, which will be the 16th game in 16 days for the Mets. Manuel wants to couple Wednesday's day off with Thursday's scheduled off day to give some players a breather.
Manuel said C Josh Thole will start against Arroyo and he planned to give Ruben Tejada the day off with Alex Cora starting at second.
The Met manager insists he isn't concerned with Tejada's struggles at the plate of late. Tejada is 0-for-16 in his last five games ad just 4-for-30 in his last ten.
"He’s a young player and they’re going to have periods like that," Manuel said.
Manuel also said that he planned to sit either Jason Bay or Jeff Francoeur on Wednesday. He planned to use either Chris Carter or Jesus Feliciano to replace the veteran he decides to sit.
TAKAHASHI'S PEN PLANS: Manuel said lefty Hisanori Takahashi will be the No. 2 lefty out of the Mets' bullpen, likely to be used ahead of Pedro Feliciano. Manuel said he could use Takahashi out of the pen to face the heart of the Reds' order, which features two left-handed power hitters in Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, and right-handed power threat Scott Rolen.