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Mets pitchers need to defend David Wright

David Wright has just one hit in his last 31 plate appearances, during which he’s batting .038 and the Mets are 1-7.

In Wednesday’s loss to the Brewers, he struck out to start the ninth inning with his team down just two runs.

SNY’s Bob Ojeda said on air after the game that opposing pitchers are throwing up and in to Wright, or as he put it, “throwing buzz-jobs at his helmet. In Ojeda’s view, Wright then becomes timid and overly aware and starts using only his arms on pitches off the plate.

“I don’t mean insider corner, either, I mean buzz-job at his helmet and I don’t care for that,” Ojeda said in frustration. “When you’ve got your best hitter getting buzzed on a nightly basis, the team, the staff has to look at that and say, ‘We’ve got to address that, if not for David’s sake, for the team’s sake.’ I just don’t like seeing this and it’s clearly in his head.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Ojeda is dead-on accurate with what is happening. I can’t speak to whether it’s in Wright’s head or impacting his swing. But, it’s clear as day how pitchers are throwing him, and it’s BS if you ask me. I’m with Ojeda. The thing is, this current group of Mets, and the group before them, frankly, have never once shown any sort of aggression or fight when it comes to these sorts of issues. I’m not saying they’re emotionless or don’t want to win. They do want to win. But, it’s been almost a decade since I’ve seen a Mets pitcher or player respond in the way Ojeda is suggesting. Bobby played for a team that would have handled this old school, no doubt.

I would LOVE to see how Matt Harvey would handle this for Wright… I’m guessing he wouldn’t tolerate it. Up and in, buddy, all day…

For what it’s worth, I’ve talked to former managers, scouts, etc., over the years and there are still plenty of people in the game who think Wright’s struggles as a hitter started when he got beaned in the head by Matt Cain in 2009; and that he never re-gained his reaction time and confidence on balls inside. I don’t see it myself, but this is what they say…

That said, in those 31 plate appearances, David has put the ball in play more than 50 percent of the time. However, less than five percent of those balls have fallen for hits. In other words, while this is a bad slump, I have faith he’ll come out of it, because he isn’t going to always hit the ball right at people, as he’s been doing the last week. That said, being able to move up on the plate a bit might let him swing away with more authority, which is what Ojeda is hoping to see him do.




138 comments
greekgod
greekgod

TC should tell them tonight to put a dress on instead of a uniform. Hahaha

greekgod
greekgod

I want to know who the arse***le who said the Mets were a good team?

greekgod
greekgod

All this BS on hitting back; its not in their DNA.....it ain't going to happen 'cause they d on't  have that type of players.......simple as the nose on your face so why even talk about it.

The only way to change things is to not go to the stadium.....PERIOD!  I think under 5k would do the trick

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

I've been at hockey games where a team looks completely flat. Then somebody starts a fight and the team automatically springs back to life.

I feel like a good dust up might be just what this sorry bunch needs to get the sleep out of their eyes.

If they don't have the talent to win, they need to out fight and hustle the other team. I don't see any of that urgency.

I've been down on Wright's leadership this year, but you can't let your star get thrown at. Somebody has to be punished.

Mary Keogh
Mary Keogh

Piazza got thrown at many times.  It didn't stop him from hitting. Terry and David need to grow a pair.

Gerard McGinnis
Gerard McGinnis

I think Dillon Gee might also be a good one. When Murphy was hit with a dirty shot in the minors when recuperating & suffered a knee injury at 2nd base Dillon hit the guy the next time the teams met for Murph.

Andre DeSouza
Andre DeSouza

David's biggest problem has always been his inability to hit a good fastball. He simply can't catch up with the hard stuff. He kills lefties & junkball pitchers but looks overmatched when a pitcher throws him a plus fastball. Truth be told.

Jeff Sposato
Jeff Sposato

Duda needs to go Albert Belle and flatten someone into the dirt. This team needs to grow a backbone and take it to their opponents every night. They seem like they honestly don't care that they are viewed as a joke in this league.

rodd
rodd

Does anyone remember what keith said "the way i get even is i get a few hits"

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

I think we have a number of guys who would plunk some one to send a message.we havea lot of hardnosed guys coaching the team and either they don't see it or don't think it is happening.

If Bobby is right, I struggle why this hasn't happened. You can't let some clown try to intimidate DW without a clear message back.

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

This defines Terry Collins: He lacks heart, effort, and the toughness necessary for a winning team. He settles for less and doesn't push his guys to their true limits. And you ask why we're in trouble this early?

Re Dundant
Re Dundant

so accountability is just out the window here? who else gets this many excuses? hey David told Delgado not to take a curtain call, Delgado is a cancer. David is struggling, Beltran is lazy. David is struggling, he has no protection. David is struggling, its now our pitchers fault. Seriously whatever happened to accountability? David may have minimal protection in the lineup but he certainly isnt providing it for anyone else either. 

xplr
xplr

The Mets can't hit and they have no fire in them. If I was a pitcher and the opposing team went high and tight on my best player, I would absolutely throw at their best hitter. Let them warn both benches. Ojeda is absolutely right.People are going to take advantage of you unless you fight back!

Nick Antinarella
Nick Antinarella

This team, as a whole, is soft. That's part of the makeup you get when you get such a young team and you have a "quiet leader". Harvey has grit and would throw at a batter IMO. But, even his grit is being muted by the Mets FO. Look at how they've asked him to tone it down outside of the clubhouse or asked him to slow down his progression.

The problem is this entire organization is soft and needs a clean sweep.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Is it me or does David seem to lean back whenever there's a chest high curve that bends over the plate and sometimes for a strike?

In my view that's caused him to miss some pitches on the outside part of the plate. I don't blame him for being gun shy. Being beaned is awful. But I still think he's got that beaning is buried somewhere in his brain and it still impacts his approach. We all know he used to attack the outside pitch and flip it over the fence in Right Center at old Shea. I don't believe it's only the new dimensions (modified or not) at Citi that's impacted his power stats.

Russ Sullivan
Russ Sullivan

I don't know how David stats so loyal to this organization. If I were him I would ask for a trade. Go to a winning team that respects their star players

gpopper
gpopper

I have to agree that ever since Wright got beaned by Cain, he hasn't been the same player. I believe anytime a ball buzzes him, he relives that day. TC and the players NEED to support him and show other teams they won't tolerate it. Unfortunately, I don't think TC has the backbone to do that and the team is so milquetoast, they won't make waves. Just more ammunition in the sorry state of affairs of this organization. When David does get hit, which I believe he eventually will, then what? Disgusting all the way around.

Joseph Grillo
Joseph Grillo

This crop of Mets has shown no fight since 1987!

robby
robby

T.C and front office are a bunch of wimps.  If Harvey or any other pitcher throws at the batter they will tell then not to.  A disgraceful team.  We need Wally

Edwin Cruz
Edwin Cruz

THIS IS ON T.C........THIS TEAM HAS NO BALLS!!!!!!

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

He hasn't been the same, except for a couple of streaks, since he got hit in the head. And remember, there was no retaliation for that either. Baseball in general (with exceptions of course) has gotten soft and the Mets even more so. Late '80s teams wouldn't put up with it. Neither would maybe the late 90's teams. Heck, even the '69 Mets were battlers.


Have to defend each other, have to do what's right.

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

So, Matt, you think it's BS that other teams do what needs to be done to expose hitters' weaknesses and get them out? That, right there, exemplifies the loser mentallity of this team's approach.

Doubleday
Doubleday

A subtle reminder of a how a team with good pitching and not a lot of offense, that plays sound fundamentals under a manager who instills winning, can overachieve.  You don't think the attitude set by the manager makes a difference?  Think again:

http://youtu.be/WbCWUehZKVU

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

Up an In is not what's killing Wright.  It's slow down and away.  He gets a steady diet of low and away curves and sliders and has yet to make an adjustment.  Everybody gets brushed off the plate in The Show.

bigdirty
bigdirty

the mets offense needs to protect their pitchers...it works both ways

wingo43
wingo43

Yankees hitters get plunked all the time, without retaliation, and they seem to hit just fine.

That said, if opposing pitchers are head hunting David, we should respond in kind.

Cavey10
Cavey10

@matthewcerrone sure why not? If they feel comfortable enough throwing up and in go out and make sure they don't do it again.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

@gpopper I agree and it sickens me- I have to believe he's going to get hit again at some point. He already got hit a second time at the end of last season. No concussion, but hit in the head.  It's all rather strange really since TC made such a big deal one year about taking Wright out after one of our pitchers hit Braun. Remember he and David had that big argument in the dug out that was captured by all the cameras? Rather ironic now that it is so obvious Ojeda brought it up on air, but no apparent recognition, acknowledgement or action by TC's team.

Max Denby
Max Denby

@Edwin Cruz Another reason to fire this clown.  If this was 86 or even 2006 people would get drilled. 

Doubleday
Doubleday

In the 7th inning with the Mets down by 1, Hodges had Tug McGraw warming in the bullpen, when our no-hit, #8 hitting second baseman, Al Weis, hit a home run to tie the game.  Hodges recalled the pinch hotter, and let Koosman hit for himself.  Koosman went on to a complete game victory.  Collins would never have even considered it.

vandelay
vandelay

Well if you've been saying that the last few years prior to this one you've been Mike "Wrong" instead of Mike Caravella. (See what I did there). Wright was great as recently as last year. And the numbers over the course of his career show he's done well in "big spots". This year he has not been good, but in years past he's been great

hashburry
hashburry

@Mike Caravella David Wrong.  I get it, you substituted wrong for wright.  That is beyond clever!  I bet you run around calling Curtis Granderson Curtis Bay!  Feel free to read into this that I think you are beyond pathetic.

Cavey10
Cavey10

@matthewcerrone doesn't have to fight the pitcher just go out there and let him know that it won't fly anymore

gpopper
gpopper

I agree. The team is usually a reflection of the manager. So looking at this team shows you exactly how TC is and vice versa. All the more reason TC has to go. You defend your players, period.

wingo43
wingo43

Ha, yeah, so would I.

matthewcerrone
matthewcerrone

@Cavey10 what does that do if action isn't taken. only thing that stops that if pitcher thinks his batters are in jeopardy as well.

Cavey10
Cavey10

@matthewcerrone it shows that he won't stand for it. But if it comes down to it fight the pitcher then. This team shows no emotion at all