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.