Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Wright says he's not hurt, just slumping
By Adam Rubin
ST. LOUIS -- David Wright mustered an eighth-inning single Monday for only his third hit in his past 43 at-bats.
So what's wrong with the captain, whose average has plummeted to .262?
"I've had some good at-bats. I've had some bad at-bats. I've hit some balls hard right at people," Wright said after the New York Mets' 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. "On the flip side of that, I had some at-bats like I did the third at-bat tonight where I haven't felt comfortable in there. You go through these types of things. Granted, it's lasted a little longer than I would have liked to. But it's gratifying to see results. Lately, I felt like some of the at-bats, the process has been there and I've felt good and have had good at-bats -- just I'm not seeing the results. You always want to get the result in the end."
Wright, who seems to spend a lot of time in trainers' rooms these days, was asked if anything was physically hindering his performance.
"No," he said without elaborating.
As for the team's overall lack of offensive production, the captain added, referring to the Cardinals: "You look at their lineup, top to bottom they have a good lineup. You can't have Murph or Grandy or whoever kind of be the only guy, or two guys, in our lineup to be successful. You've got to have a strong lineup in case you do have one, two, three guys that kind of get cold and go through the inevitable ups and downs of a season. You need from top to bottom to be able to lengthen a lineup out.
"Lately, we just have too many guys cold at the same time."