According to Buster Olney at ESPN.com, David Wright is one of the tangible things that the Mets need to fix for the 2009 season.
In the report, Olney writes:
“They need to help him work through his apparent anxiety in high-pressure situations … He cares so deeply that he puts enormous pressure on himself, and this trait seems to wreck him in big spots. He seems to leap at the ball when he’s trying to hit with the game on the line. They need to address this.”
“I don’t know how they do it. Maybe they get Wright to start talking to a sports psychologist, someone who might get the kind of help that has aided John Smoltz and Matt Garza and others. Wright is a cornerstone player who will be an MVP candidate in most years of his career, so the notion of trading him is silly. But they have to help him find a way to relax — and if the team’s best player relaxes, this will, in turn, take pressure off the rest of the team.”
…i can’t imagine the pressure put on this lineup when you know that no lead, or small deficit for that matter, is safe…granted wright hasn’t been clutch with RISP, but suggesting the guy needs a shrink is a little much…