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David Wright, at SS, couldn’t turn the double play

In the seventh inning, no score and one out, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom got Brian McCann to hit a ground ball between first and second base. The Mets were playing a shift.

Daniel Murphy scooped the ball, pivoted, and threw to David Wright, who was standing on second base. Wright stepped on second base for the inning’s second out, he shuffled his feet, lost momentum and threw the ball to first base for what could’ve been an inning-ending double play, but the ball was a weal, one-hopper to Lucas Duda, who couldn’t pick it up in time. McCann was safe at first.

Yankees OF Alfonso Soriano then hit an RBI double for the game’s lone run.

“Next time I probably need to build a little more momentum getting into second base so I can kind of step through it and make a stronger throw and not have to rush so much from a stationary position,” Wright said about his weak and wide throw.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The hit was not recorded as an error, because – even if Duda had picked up Wright’s throw – I think McCann would have been safe. If there was an error, it was the throw. I think a good throw would’ve gotten the out, ended the inning and who knows how things would have played out. Of course, Wright is not a shortstop. I know he practices this play, and he often fields ground balls at shortstop before the game. And, to be fair, he successfully turned a 3-5-3 double play Monday, while also playing a shift against McCann. This time, however, in the moment, faced paced, game on the line, Wright – again, essentially out of position – didn’t get it done.




89 comments
Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

David Wright is a terrible baseball player. I never saw a guy strike out so much with 2 outs and runners in scoring position. Where did he learn that swipe at a ground ball when he's playing third? Little leaguers don't even do that. Man he is pathetic.

eric88
eric88

The Wright contract was a dumb move and only done to pacify the fans. He has been in decline for a few years now and the downward spiral will continue as he ages. He got a Superstar contract, but he is only a good player. The contract is not trade able and will be hamstringing this team for 7 more years.

Eric Bloom
Eric Bloom

It was a triple that scored McCann - and it would have been a double had Lagares been starting.

babyface
babyface

Hey, I'm not giving DWright a pass, but let's also blame Duda on that blown DP.  Did you see where his foot was?  Mid-bag, not at the corner of the bag nearest where the throw was coming.  And he made the kind of matador wave at the bounced throw that even the little leaguers I coach would have gotten criticized for.  C'mon, Lucas!  Management handed you the 1B job when they traded Ike.  Are we now going to have a new contest between you and Campbell for the everyday job?  And then, if they hand it to you again, with whomever the next 1B is that comes up from AAA?  And the next, and the next  . . .

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

team finds new ways to lose every time

Chris Mitchell
Chris Mitchell

David Wright is the least of this teams problems, but it would be nice to see him get a clutch hit once in a while.

mets63
mets63

Forget the throw it happens.but lack of hitting for at least 4 years bothers me He's gone from Hall of Famer to nobodySit him for a couple of games.Play Lutz,Flores,or Campbell,see what we have.We are going nowhere this year anyway

NotoriousPING
NotoriousPING

Anyone else getting really tired of watching Wright bounce the throw to 1st? I'm just not sure why he's unable to make that on a fly... Last night's botched double play was the icing on the cake. Ok, now you are at 2nd base and you STILL can't make the throw?? 

Figolas
Figolas

It couldn't be an error anyway. You can't assume the double play. Would only be an error if McCann advanced to second. C'mon Son...

Eric Slater
Eric Slater

Very little margin for error when you have such a light-hitting team.

jsnooka
jsnooka

Where the he'll has David Wright the all-star gone? Dude takes one clump in the head and all baseball skills have gone out the window. David Wright's bat is now in the Jason bay category.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Wright converted that throw earlier in the series with some mustard on it. I don't know if Murphy's feed was bad but it looked like one of those dumb subway series moments. And that one imperfect instant opens the door for the mighty yankees...I mean get outta here, and Murphy's picking up sandwich wrappers at Soriono's orders...


I would try to Bully Wright into playing first. Maybe he can drop some of the flexibility he has to maintain to compensate for his arm at third, and he can become even more of a power hitter. Same might happen for whoever could move to third, like Flores or Murphy.

Darwin Hernandez
Darwin Hernandez

I don't think that run scores if Lagares in CF but that's another story.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

How about adding some comments on what a few real winning baseball players thought about this play?

Bobby V said Wright falling to the ground and turning the DP a few nights ago should have caused concern. Wright made a great play that night but

Bobby V said most teams that play the shift overlap the 3B and leave the real SS at short. Safer on many levels.

Keith said Murphy showed no signs of urgency and did not charge the ball.

Alex Cora, who was a pretty good middle infielder in his day, tweeted that with all the shifts you have people playing out of position at crucial times. He also said that most teams don't have their 2B in short right field.

These guys know baseball and it comes down to ridiculous positioning and managing. Turning the DP is one of the harder things to do. How long has it taken Murphy, who is alsoa natural 3B, to learn it? Do you think Wright is getting many reps turning it at game speed?

Keith says all the time that this team shifts too much and never, ever guards the line. Did you hear toward the end GKR were saying Wright was asking the dugout if he should move closer to the line and they told him no. Thankfully he did move over enough to at least get in the way of what could have beena double. Let's not even talk about Lagares not being in center field.

Fact is no team is going to make every defensive play, turn every DP let alone with these crazy shifts and people out of position. The real problem hers is/was the offense. You must be able to score runs. Even if they turned the DP, would that have changed the woeful offense. Not so much.

Put Keith and Ron in the batting cage and let Hudgens hunt strikesin Siberia.

BTW Wright took full ownership. Said you have to look at yourself in the mirror and have better ABs. Said his footwork on the DP wasn't good. He took ownership now what about the real ownership/FO doing same.

Bob G
Bob G

David Wright is a great guy and a great ballplayer. What I am disappointed in with him is he's made little to no progress on being vulnerable to breaking balls on the outer half/or off the plate. This has been going on for years now. Great ballplayers have to make adjustments!



xplr
xplr

DW made up for lack of clutch hitting with his stellar fielding

Scott Ross
Scott Ross

You can't assume a double play and without advancement of the runner there is no error

Get it together, Metsblog!

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

David Wright is not the problem here. It's tough to blame a guy for not making a great throw when he's playing out of position, and McCann likely would have been safe regardless.  


The bottom line is that 1 run should not be an insurmountable lead.  You can't win a game if you can't score ANY runs.  The whole team is incapable of hitting because of the stupid "hitting philosophy" that has them taking called third strikes and ignoring good pitches to hit.


They go to yankee Stadium and change the "philosophy" for two games--they are aggressive, swinging at first-pitch strikes, etc.--and what happens?  21 RUNS IN 18 INNINGS.  They come back to Citi Field and return to the "philosophy"--0 RUNS IN 18 INNINGS.  This is ridiculous, and the fix is so obvious.


#FireDaveHudgens


#FreeLagares

John Jeffrey
John Jeffrey

It wasn't ruled an error because a scorer can't assume a double play. It is a Fielder's Choice. Do you even know the rules?

robby
robby

This club just stinks overall.  The only thing we got going for us is pitching.  There's no hitting on this club.  I don't blame Wright for that play I just blame him for not hitting with 3 strikeouts  UGH!

11gilkey
11gilkey

Sitting Lagares defies all logic and is a complete disgrace.  With that said, Lagares or not, this team needs more offense.  They need a thumper in the middle of the lineup.  Someone who can hit HRs in any ballpark and not be psyched out by the dimensions of Citi Field.  If Wright could pull the ball with any authority it would help.   

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

OK, we have a post getting on our best player for a rare bad defensive play that cost us big time.

Where's the post on how utterly ridiculous this EYJ stuff is with him playing everyday?  The outfield defense is much weaker, EYJ cost us one run in Game 3 and completely changed that around.  His failure to get a guy in with a runner on third and one out was the turning point of that game.

Aaron Robert Gusthov
Aaron Robert Gusthov

" The hit was not recorded as an error, because ...."


Again, you're clueless Matt.  It wasn't a hit.  It couldn't have been an error because they recorded an out on the play unless he threw the ball away and the runner advanced.  If Lagares was in CF instead of sitting so the Youngs could play McCann never have scored on the double but instead Sandy/Terry think people named Young must play based on their charts. 


It would also be nice if someone in the Mets lineup could buy a hit at Citi. 

tullydew
tullydew

Winning players make winning plays.

Wright didn't step into the throw and tried to avoid the runner. The guys at SNY pointed this out last night. Keith said he flicked the ball to 1st base instead of making a strong throw and following through.

eric88
eric88

@Joe Wenzel  You are 1000% correct, and it is not the first time he has done that.

eric88
eric88

@babyface  Why do you give DW a pass. It was an error caused by a lack of effort, and not using BB 101, throw the ball with form and authority. Do not compare him with the others. He is the captain and makes 30% of the teams payroll. HE lost  the game.

eric88
eric88

@Chris Mitchell  Making 20 million and playing like sh^t, he is the BIGGEST problem.

Get off the Kool Aid.

babyface
babyface

@Figolas Right.  You would think that, writing a baseball blog for as long as he has, Matt would know this very basic fact about scoring.

metsfanman
metsfanman

@jsnooka  Relax, Wright had a .883 OPS in 2012, a .904 OPS in 2013 (both after hit by Cain), and as much as he has struggled with a .703 OPS this season so far (would be surprised if it's not at least at a respectable .800 before the season is over). Bay with the Mets in contrast had an .OPS of .536 in his last season with them and never an .OPS higher than .749 (prior to getting injured in his first season). Has Wright struggled recently? Yes. To the extent or for the length of time that Bay did? Not even close.

foophilly
foophilly

That has to be the most moronic comment I've ever heard.

gregf
gregf

And again I ask, in addition to all the above, where is Flores?

Carl Delellis
Carl Delellis

Yeah great ballplayers I would consider Wright a good ballplayer not great by any means

matt greco
matt greco

@Scott Ross  i was just getting ready to post that, but i figured someone would have beaten me to it.  the level of incompetence here is just astounding for a team run blog...

Bob G
Bob G

@mrmet4mvp  Much agreed…you see how much of hitting is psychological. Put a team in a place where they're confident they can score runs and they do. We have a problem here in that our team is allergic to its home field. It sounds funny but as we've seen this is a major issue!

dminches
dminches

@tullydew  If they are going to shift on a ton of players then Wright needs to be able to turn the DP like a shortstop.

Chris Mitchell
Chris Mitchell

@JimmyFromDBX In theory, you may have a point. But in reality, there are plenty of other guys on the team that have gotten clutch hits. Sunday for example, during the rally in the ninth, Murph and CY had clutch hits sandwiched around Wright's strikeout. Monday the team had plenty of clutch hits. It just hasn't been David. 

Maybe a small part of the night to night offensive futility can be attributed to taking Wright's "lead", but I think it has more to do with the cast of characters around him, the terrible approach that Hudgens teaches, and the fact that the ballpark definitely gets in their heads.

jsnooka
jsnooka

Wright hasn't been the same since he had beltran and Delgado in the line up. Look it up his production has steadily dropped since. Just can't understand how a player can go from avg close to 30 hrs and over 100 rbi s all star level to barely mediocre so quickly

jsnooka
jsnooka

I try to make these comments so other morons would respond. Mission accomplished. Tee hee

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@gregf  Yeah I mean at what point do I have to start being concerned for the kid. It's like maybe his MLB brainwashing isn't taking, so they can't risk putting him on the field because he might try to actually win.

Bob G
Bob G

@dminches @tullydew  Yes, that's the fact. I don't care what his normal position is, he's a professional baseball player. The throw looked to me to be just lazy. With McCann running he probably assumed he could give a 75% effort and still get the out. I respect Wright but in this case he just didn't give a full effort. Don't want to hear any other BS about it.

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

@JimmyFromDBX @Chris Mitchell  You really, honestly think that David Wright's performance at the plate is MORE TO BLAME for the entire team's complete inability to hit the ball than is the guys whose entire job it is to get these guys to hit?  The "hitting philosophy" taught by management is the reason that NOBODY on this team is hitting the ball.  It's not because of DW.


#FireDaveHudgens


#FreeLagares

foophilly
foophilly

You make absurd comments so you can insult people? Very mature.