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The Wright plan is working

Updated: May 11, 2010, 4:20 PM ET
By Buster Olney

It's as if all National League teams now are working from the same book when pitching to David Wright:

Early in a game, or early in a count, pitchers are busting him inside with fastballs to knock him off the plate, to make him uncomfortable. And then they spin breaking balls away, or come back inside with fastballs.

Clearly, he is not comfortable at the plate; scouts are noticing that he is flinching at breaking pitches, a tendency that they believe started after Wright was beaned last summer in a game against the Giants.

The before-and-after numbers for Wright, in relation to the beaning, are stark. Going into Monday's series opener against Washington:

Wright went 2-for-4 with a strikeout in Monday's game, with the punchout coming in the first inning after it appeared that Washington pitcher Luis Atilano worked around Jason Bay with a walk to get to Wright.

Wright is also striking out more than ever; he currently ranks third in the league in that category, after a year in which he had 140 strikeouts while playing in fewer games. His career high before last season was 118, and although it figures that he'll make adjustments as this season progresses, his current pace would result in 213 strikeouts in 2010.

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