David Wright swings

David Wright is hitting the ball hard, not getting results

David Wright has 113 plate appearances this season, 15 RBI, but just four extra base hits.

His walk rate (6.2 percent) is down, his strike out rate (23 percent) is up.

“The last week or so, I’ve really hit some balls hard,” David Wright said after Sunday’s game, during which he hit a double (Star-Ledger, Apr. 28). “It seems like I’ve had some good at-bats and have nothing to show for it. Hopefully, when the weather warms up a little bit and we stop getting these swirling winds, get on the road and see some more suitable hitting ballparks, we’ll see some results.”


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67 comments
eric88
eric88

With all due respect to DW,, I agree Citi sucks. That said, for the last 3 years I have been watching DW hit scores of shots to the warning track 10 or 15 feet short of the fence all over the National and American League. He simply does not hit the ball as hard anymore from what I see. I see lots of Ks, weak grounders, and fly balls. This is a guy who would have 45 doubles every year. Citi is a big park, where are the doubles. Where are the road doubles. He has 3, that's 3 ,in 25 games and zero triples.. Sorry folks, but it's true. He is not the same.

hurricaneditka
hurricaneditka

What exactly does BABIP prove?  It seems like a stat that penalizes guys with good discipline that put the ball in play most at bats

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

Does the high K/BB Rate and high BABIP concern anyone else?

willymayshays
willymayshays

He's a very good player until you over analyze him.  Under the microscope Mets fans will find the problems and think about nothing else.  Think about the good with Wright and you have plenty to think about.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

Wright's best years have always been when it wasn't all on him to carry the load.  The Beltran-Reyes-Delgado years,.

Whiting & Jardine
Whiting & Jardine

Part of our home problems may be that our batters hate playing in Citi Field.  David Wright was our best hitter at Shea (already a pitcher's park), and we built a stadium that took away his best skill - the line drive, creep over the opposite field fence home run.  I wonder if having such a deep, high-walled ballpark helps foster a woe-is-me mentality or at least a pessimistic mentality in struggling hitters.

Alen Teplitsky
Alen Teplitsky

every team is shifting these days

almost everyone's BA and OPS will probably fall

7up17_2go
7up17_2go

and quietly, Ike is back to hitting below .200 withe Bucs....

helloboy
helloboy

He gets to hit in 2 great parks for offense this week.  he owns both parks too.  Though, it appears he may have to deal with a rainout or two this week.

helloboy
helloboy

He had a brutal first 2 weeks.  He has been coming on a bit more lately and his avg and rbi total show it.  I am not at all worried about him at this time.

Zac Tindall
Zac Tindall

Wright is still gunna have his 20 hr and 100 RBI CY is gunna have his 20 Hrs and grandy is gunna hopefully hit his 20-25 Hr and duda is gunna hit his 15 -20 we just needa keep our pitching up and get a SS and a decent bench bat not named satin

Radickey_ebooks
Radickey_ebooks

@tpgMets Metsblog is the best place to read analysis that is intended to sound optimistic but comes off enormously LOLMetsish

7up17_2go
7up17_2go

Not at all worried about DW.  All of my worries are with Granderson.  The guys not even hitting the County Road let alone the Interstate. (.129)

pj10
pj10

Says something when the captain of your team is blatantly saying how he looks forward to games on the road... Bring back Shea!

rico
rico

He'll come around, Citizens Bank Park (phili)  will should be a good place to re-capture the power

tullydew
tullydew

Let's face it, David isn't a power hitter anymore. The last 3-4 years his HR totals have been below average.

That's OK, just play solid defense and have an OBP around .400 and that will be fine. He is now a gap hitter like Murphy and those are still valuable to a team.

This would be just fine

16 HR, 82 RBI, .288 AVG, .388 OBP.

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

He never was a power hitter.....one of the most overrated players in the league. He'd be batting 6 or 7 on a good team

zoddie
zoddie

@hurricaneditka That's actually not what it shows at all.  Ruben Tejada last year ALWAYS put the ball in play, yet his BABIP was very low.  It is a combination of the quality of the contact (how hard you hit the ball) and a little bit of luck.  If a hitter has a BABIP of near .500 (and Brandon Nimmo currently does) you know it will come down.  For guys like D'Arnaud, his low BABIP is likely due to some bad luck as he's been hitting plenty of line drives.

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

@hurricaneditka  It's a stat created by an idiot who thinks blooping hits where defenders aren't is blind luck. Whether it's luck or not, doesn't matter. You don't measure a player's worth by "luck"...Only some fat kid who never played ball takes that dumb stat seriously.

zoddie
zoddie

@Chris Kujawa BABIP, no.  It is more or less in line with what David typically does.  He hits a lot of balls hard.  The K/BB rate is definitely more concerning...but it is early.

zoddie
zoddie

@Michael Frias That's not necessarily true.  2012 was one of the best years of his career and the team sucked.  Ditto last year, though he missed time with injury.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@Michael Frias  

And so hey shouldn't be depended on to do more as he earns more money and develops into a older/wiser veteran?

zoddie
zoddie

@helloboy I wish that were the case.  In his last 7 games Wright has a .154 BA and .399 OPS.  That's awful. Hopefully Coors Field snaps him out of it.

tpgMets
tpgMets

@Radickey_ebooks I like MB & the writers. The comments sections are toxic cesspools. But I just found that headline unintentionally funny.

zoddie
zoddie

@pj10 Shea and CitiField have almost identical park factors.  They are/were both slight pitchers parks.

Balonius
Balonius

@pj10  Yeah, but did you see that Jackie Robinson Rotundra? It's great.

Robert Yuricic
Robert Yuricic

@pj10  I read that the same way you did....its almost as if he regrets signing that extension.  I couple of good days at the plate and this will be forgotten.

zoddie
zoddie

@tullydew eh, last year he had a SLG% of over .500.  He was on pace for around 25 or 26 HRs, which is only a couple fewer than he hit during his price.  I think if he only smacks 16 HRs that'd be a bit of a let down and quite a bit off his normal #s.  Again, he had more HRs than that last year in only 430 ABs.

vandelay
vandelay

@tullydew  I don't really consider him a HR hitter.  But he was still 15th in all of baseball in SLG the prior 2 years.  That's pretty good.

vandelay
vandelay

@Haig Mathosian  Hahaha.  He's a career .301./381/.503/.884, 136 OPS+ that's elite top/middle of the order numbers.  Certainly not 6 or 7 hitter material.  

dannym28
dannym28

@Haig Mathosian  I've said this before, Name one team where he hits third, Boston he hits third NYY he hits third, Tampa He hits Cleanup, Texas he hits cleanup, in Mil he hits Cleanup. 

helloboy
helloboy

@Haig Mathosian  WTH? He is only 31.  Already has 7 All-star appearances, 2 Gold Gloves, 2 Silver Sluggers, 16th best WAR among active players... .381 OBP (which is 163 all time to date).  David Wright is not overrated.  If anything, he has been one of the most under-appreciated players they have had. It is a shame he has had to deal with being on so many bad teams or he would have been an MVP already.  


By the time he retires, he will hands down be the best position player the franchise ever had...and it is not even going to be close.  

zoddie
zoddie

@JimmyBX182 @hurricaneditka  What are you talking about?  It stands for Batting Average on Balls In Play.  It isn't a complex statistic.

Whether it is luck or not DOES matter.  Lots of guys can have lucky months.

Radickey_ebooks
Radickey_ebooks

@tpgMets The MB writers do some good work, I just think they have a tin ear sometimes for how their tone plays into the cesspool

zoddie
zoddie

@JimmyBX182 @tullydew There's no such thing as a worthless .388 OBP.  That'll probably place just in the top 10 in the NL this year.

Adam Stein
Adam Stein

@anymos @Haig Mathosian  ignorant yankee fans.. just wait til wright wins a couple of WS with the mets in the next 5 years with one of the best rotations in the league for years coming, unless somehow they screw it up :/ 

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

@vandelay @Haig Mathosian  lmfao...Wright was protected by SUPERIOR players. He's no star. The fact he can't be a star without BETTER players around him makes him exactly what many thought. Wright is a BOOTLEG star. 


The only reason the Mets re-signed him is because he's a nice marketing tool for dumb fans who really think he's on Derek Jeter's level. That's who the Mets wanted him to be. Mets need to get rid of Wright so the team can bring in a player who can TRULY improve them. Wright isn't that player. 


#EpicFail

#FaceOfFailure

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

@helloboy @Haig Mathosian  ROFL! He couldn't hold Strawberry's used jockstrap. Wright is a CHOKE JOB. The most overrated piece of hype fluff the Mets have ever pushed on their dumb fanbase.


LMAO...MVP talk. He couldn't play MVP surrounded by 3 Hall of Famers.

zoddie
zoddie

@JimmyBX182 Genius, of course luck can be equated but not PREDICTED.  If Travis D'Arnaud has a high line drive percentage but a low BABIP, that tells us he has been UNLUCKY.  So even though his batting average was under .200, anyone with a clue knew that his luck was likely to turn around and those line drives would start falling for hits.


And guess what?  They have!  Amazing!  Who could have predicted that?  Answer: the Mets.  And any fan with a clue.  And every other organization in baseball.


If you're going to criticize something, at least understand the concept before trying to argue against its merits.  Otherwise you just come off looking dim.

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

Luck doesn't get equated, you clown. It's luck. Sometimes it's good other times it's not. Only a true idiot would waste his time figuring out some worthless stat that measures your luck. You hit a bullet at someone it will be caught at times. At times it's hit right at a defender and other times a great play is made. It's a valueless stat with no basis in reality baseball.

Radickey_ebooks
Radickey_ebooks

@tpgMets Yeah, not blaming them for the existence of the cesspool! It's been an ugly decade for this team whichever way you slice it

tpgMets
tpgMets

@Radickey_ebooks That's fair. Although I think it's largely a product of the sheer size of their audience & the team's recent history.

zoddie
zoddie

@JimmyBX182 Hah, I could see you not understanding the value of BABIP, but arguing against OBP is beyond asinine.  Any guess who the top 2 hitters are all time in OBP?


I'll give you a hint - their names rhyme with Ned Williams and Gabe Ruth.


I'm SURE you're also aware that David Wright is the Mets all time leader in RBI by a significant margin, right chief?

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

OBP is a worthless compilation stat. Bears no consequence in real time baseball. All it says is Wright walks a lot. Bigfkindeal. Middle of the order hitters are paid to drive in runs aka RBI. RBI = wins games.

It's no wonder Wrightaholics love these worthless stats which celebrate Wright. When it comes time for Wright to raise his RBI total with late game hits, Wright comes up small.

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

Lmao......tell me his HR/RBI totals for those years. lol @ OPS. Wrightaholics RUN to these SaberBUFFOON stats to justify Wright's overrated career.

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

Only in the mind of a worthless stathead who was still in his daddy's scrotum when Strawberry was considered THE BEST PLAYER IN BASEBALL. He was considered that for years. Something Wright will NEVER have the pleasure of knowing. Wright was never the best player on HIS TEAM when the Mets were a playoff contender.

Old school Met fans who saw Strawberry win games for the Mets would spit in your face if you dared whisper such idiocy. Strawberry had more clutch hits in 1 playoff series than Wright has in his entire overrated career.

zoddie
zoddie

@JimmyBX182 @helloboy@Haig Mathosian psssst...


Strawberry, age 22-30: 37.6 WAR, MVP votes in 4 years

Wright, age 22-30: 44.8 WAR, MVP votes in 6 years.



David Wright will own every Strawberry record.  Period.




JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

@dannym28 @JimmyBX182  If you don't think Carlos Delgado belongs in the Hall of Fame, you're smoking drugs. As for Jose Reyes, his career as a leadoff man requires attention for the Hall. 

dannym28
dannym28

@JimmyBX182 Tell me what 3 hall of famers those are. Beltran yes, but he was hurt in 2009 2010, look at wright in 2006-2008. same with delgado.