Mets get the Wright feeling this year
If something goes wrong, he can come into the dugout after an inning and command everyone's attention and respect. Guys such as Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur and Ike Davis have helped create this positive clubhouse personality with Wright at the center of it all. Players are listening and responding to Wright's leadership. You can tell when a team starts to gel because you see them celebrating more and really relying on one another in tough situations. But the five-time All-Star is doing a great job of leading by example, too. On Monday, when it was a sweltering 98 degrees at Citi Field and a lot of players around the league in other warm-weather locations were scaling back on their pregame workouts, Wright was out on the field taking ground balls before batting practice. He's maintained a tremendous work ethic on the diamond and in the batting cage, and I think it speaks volumes to the younger players on that team. The keys for David Wright and the Mets are to stay healthy, add another quality arm toward the top of the rotation and make sure that when guys such as Beltran return to the team they're assimilated into this new Mets culture -- a culture that prides itself on working hard, holding each other accountable, and winning ball games.
Chris Singleton is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight"
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|Raul Ibanez, PHI||7||ATL||Bot 1: 1-2, 1 Out. 1 on.||Jurrjens|
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|Carlos Lee, HOU||11||PIT||Bot 1: 1-1, 2 Outs. None on||Lincoln|
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TUESDAYS BEST AND WORST
BESTJohan Santana, LHP, Mets
Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Mets held a 1-0 lead against the Reds. Where'd the one run come from? A homer from Santana, of course. He got two more insurance runs, but didn't need them. Santana tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout in a 3-0 win.
WORSTRyan Franklin, RHP, Cardinals
The Rockies scored nine times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cardinals 12-9. So, somebody had to give up all those runs right. Franklin was the biggest culprit; he gave up six runs, six hits and two homers while recording just one out.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPS
Reds at Mets, 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
The Mets' Jonathon Niese is 5-0 over his past six starts. Over his past two, he has allowed one run in 13 innings and struck out 13 against three walks. Bronson Arroyo tossed six shutout innings against the Cubs last time out. It didn't hurt his offense put up 12 runs.
Cardinals at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET
Jaime Garcia handcuffed the Brewers his last time out, quickly putting to rest an ugly outing the previous appearance when he lasted only two innings against the Royals. Aaron Cook finally got some from his offense; after scoring just three or fewer runs in four previous starts, the Rockies scored seven times to give Cook his first win since May 29.
Marlins at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET
Josh Johnson has given up more than one run in a start just once since May 8. Back then, his ERA stood at 3.35. He heads into this start against the Dodgers with it resting at a baseball-best 1.82. Hiroki Kuroda carved up the Marlins in his first start of the year on April 9, not permitting an earned run in eight innings.