David Wright takes a practice swing

Terry Collins and the Mets miss David Wright

David Wright is not on the disabled list, yet he’s missed the last six games resting a sore rotator cuff, during which the Mets are 1-5.

“Obviously, we miss David,” Terry Collins said after losing to the Braves on Wednesday. “We miss David’s bat in the lineup. There’s no doubt.”

Collins says the Mets expect Wright to return to the lineup Friday, when the team begins a 10-game homestand before the All Star break.

“We’re getting David back, so that is a boost,” Lucas Duda added (NY Post, July 3). “Losing him is a huge blow. Get him back and get on the right track.”

Wright had been mired in an 8-for-65 slump, during which the Mets were 7-10. He rebounded to hit .385 the next 10 games and the Mets went 5-5 before missing time with his sore shoulder.




75 comments
kcas44
kcas44

Yup just what this team is lacking 18 mil dollar no clutch singles hitter

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

I haven't missed his underhand throws to first or second or missing pitches in the strike zone on either edge of the plate. Doesn't a guy they may trade, have more home runs than Wright?

Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones

Really, Terry Collins is still the manager?

Dante Puzzuoli
Dante Puzzuoli

As hard as it is to understand even with D Wrights presence FULLY healthy in our line up... We are still a horrible team. Terry can miss him all he wants. US FANS MISS WINNING. HAVEN'T BEEN RELEVANT SINCE 2006

Jim Flaherty
Jim Flaherty

To hell with the stats.  He's The Captain.  He's missed at the plate, in the field, and in the dugout/clubhouse.

baldy
baldy

"We miss David's bat in the lineup.  There's no doubt." -- Terry Collins

Hey Terry, I love David Wright, he's my favorite current Met, but let's be fair.  Soup has hit in every game since filling in at 3B, going 10-25.  That's .400.  It's highly unlikely David outperforms that over the same stretch.  Yes, Campbell couldn't handle a ball or two that Wright likely would've, but is that the reason we went 1-5 in those games?  David makes errors too.


Also, Cerrone keeps mentioning the return of Harvey as something that will save the Mets, but isn't that wishful thinking?  We already have great pitching.  It's the offense that's the problem.  Unless Harvey's going to shut everyone out every night, he's going to end up like deGrom, 1-5, when he should be 4-2.  This is not a pessimistic outlook; this is the truth with the team as currently constructed.  Just look at Harvey's record already in the majors: 12-10 career, when he should be about 18-4.  That's not an exaggeration, I watched those games.  Nothing is going to change until this offense is improved.  We need to acquire a 2005 Beltran or a 1998 Piazza or a 1985 Carter.  In other words, a difference maker.  It's just that simple.

Paul Santos
Paul Santos

I bet David Wright misses not testing free agency!  jk - D-Wright is a loyal dude.  We just need to get some hitters around him that can give him better protection. 

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

They've been losing with him, and now, without him.

nhmetsfan
nhmetsfan

They have missed David. If hes in Monday night, he fields the grounder for the last out in the 8th....Then they lose in extras instead of in 9.

If hes at 3rd last night, they only score 1 on the shot to third, and the reilievers let up a run in the late innings since it matters.

Michael Bellissimo
Michael Bellissimo

What managerial insight!


Left with nothing else, I will continue my rant... Fred, Jeffy and Sol . . .PLEASE SELL! 

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Do the miss his 150-200 strikeouts every year? I sure as hell don't.

04doctored14
04doctored14

For the last few yrs. we had a very competent utility infielder on board named Justin Turner.  He was an accomplished fielder at all 4 infield positions even with somewhat limited range--his hitting skills were superior to most of the present  Mets--yet our brilliant GM dumped him.  Our present IF is one of the worst defensively I have ever seen and a big reason why this team stinks.

hashburry
hashburry

Once again the Mets refuse to acknowledge the systemic problem of a lack of talent and planning. Every team loses players at times.  Decent teams don't fall apart and use it as an excuse.  And Wright isn't exactly Miguel Cabrera in terms of hitting prowess.  They are thin as toilet paper in their stating position players and don't have a single major league infielder on the bench.  Even the myriad of extra outfielders are nothing but minor leaguers who can't hit.  Just start getting rid of contracts already.

Michael Zvirblis
Michael Zvirblis

I know kids have fun there, but truly Met fans, stop going to games!

suzyq
suzyq

Wright did absolutely nothing the first 2-1/2 months of the season.  He's been good the last 2 weeks so I'm not counting on him to turn things around but it would be nice if he can pick up where he left off.  They fired Hudgeons to shut the fans up.  They had to fire somebody.  Lamar Johnson doesn't seem to be turning things around.  Should they fire him too?  Wilpons need to wake up.   Terry and Sandy have to go.  There's such a lack of motivation.  They keep this up and no good ballplayer will sign with them.  We'll always have rookies.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

Wright has been out for six games and is still tied for the team lead in RBIs with 41 (and that's considering that Grandy and Duda both have twice as many home runs - including a few hit this week). Team just doesn't have enough guys that can drive in runs.

Having said that, I do think Campbell has been exposed at third. He looks stiff out there and doesn't seem to have the same reaction time as Wright. David has made that back-hand play in the first numerous times and snagged a ball that came off Stanton's bat at 120 mph so I'm pretty sure he would have at least knocked it down preventing three runs from scoring.

Duda was quoted as saying "we're getting David back so that will be a huge boost" which means the team has bought into Terry's thought process that they can't win without Wright. The other players don't believe they can do anything - which, honestly, might be true. I think even the players know that only a few of them are really MLB caliber. If it were just about effort that would be one thing but sadly, its about the talent most of these guys just don't have.

John Saponaro
John Saponaro

I miss watching entertaining baseball.

I miss enjoying my favorite sport.

Sandy missed the mark when he put this team together.

The Wilpons miss their massive Madoff returns.


... I DON'T GIVE A DAMN WHAT THE METS MISS AT THIS POINT!


The team was struggling to score runs WITH David in the lineup. For my two cents, they look like the exact same inept lineup with or without him.


And pretty sure Campbell has hit close to .400 since he stepped in for Wright anyway.


More accurately, they miss Wright in the field as Campbell is getting exposed with regular work at third.


No changes for change sake, that's so counterproductive, BUT with all this nonsense about run differentials and baserunning errors and 6 outfielder rotation and lack of focus and "out-of-a-hat" lineups on a daily basis, COLLINS MUST GO!


This team isn't good. They're not as talented as most of the teams they're playing. That's why they're losing and that's on the Wilpons and Sandy's braintrust. But in a weak division, in a weak league, in the new, "balanced" MLB, they should be more competitive than they've been. And that's on Collins. They're listless and boring and something has to give.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Sorry TC.....with DW back in the line-up the team is still going to struggle. The guys are already playing like it's the 2nd half of the season....And, we know how well the play down the stretch.

Jeremy Roberts
Jeremy Roberts

Isn't the job of a manager supposed to "maximize talent" and overcome injuries and hold down the fort until their best players come back? It's literally been less than a week. Give me a break. When Miggy Cabrera, Trout, Harper, Braun, Kershaw. go down the teams talk about weathering the storm and finding ways to overcome their losses. I don't know if this article is more embarrassing to the team

Or insulting to fans. Also, isn't wright gone for about 20 games every season? They don't miss him then?

mets2891
mets2891

I mean really, does Terry even need to make excuses to save his job at this point?  He's like a drunk high school teacher with tenure.

Anthony Giammattei
Anthony Giammattei

The Mets could "potentially" be a .500 team within 5 to 6 years.

11gilkey
11gilkey

Of course they did and his absent shows how void of talent the team is.  The Mets are not good at full strength.  Why would they be good when missing their best player.  Not that I think it would have mattered.  They find ways to lose games with or without him.  Just another excuse. And players shouldn't be saying this crap.  

sandybgone
sandybgone

David Wright is no game changer...but in baseball it is hard for one player to make a difference. Basketball is more like that...imagine the Heat with no Lebron, Bulls with no Jordan, Lakers with no Kobe, Celtics with no Russell


If I am David Wright...I am respectfully asking for a trade. If David Wright would have went on to the open market, in a year where there was more money available because of the TV revenue, he would of received a bigger contract with another team. Now I am not crying a river for David..who is rich with the contract we gave him. However, in today's world, he gave the Mets a discount....dont think for one second that Arte Moreno in L.A. would not have signed Wright (at the time they didn't have 3B before they  traded for Freese)


To me, David deserves better than this...he has been a good met for a long time. Has been productive and has been good with the community and you can never question his work ethic or drive. The time has come for him to request a trade. Bolt the sinking ship

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

Even this comment is stupid. The bat was replaced with Soup and he was fine at the plate. We missed his glove where we lost 2 games because he isnt an average 3rd baseman. Terry tell me again how this guy is gonna play ss. Terry is clueless.

Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper

They miss reyes delgado beltran and loduca also. Maybe even strawberry doc and keith.

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

@Joe Wenzel It isn't all Wilpon. Need new manager, pitching coach, bullpen coaches, base running coach, fielding coach, new scouts.

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

@baldy Unfortunately Mes pitchers aren't capable of throwing no hitters. On the other hand we make most opposing pitchers look like superstars.

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

@Paul Santos No thanks on more over the hill 35-40 year old hitters, unless they are capable of hitting blasts in the cavernous Citi Field.

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

@Cheryl Ann The hitting coach needs to reel in the Mets fantasy that long looping swings are the answer when a simple base knock will drive in a run or two.

David Lopez
David Lopez

@Jeremy Roberts For all his warts, and suspect in-game management skills, TC doesn't have the requisite talent to win.  How many players does he have playing out of position in his everyday lineups? 

David Lopez
David Lopez

@mets2891 The chronic losing is an indictment on Alderson and the Wilpons.  TC can only play the talent he was given.  

tullydew
tullydew

I'm sure David would waive his no-trade clause at this point to play for a contender. Who wouldn't?

sandybgone
sandybgone

@Eric Hack just excuses...in the Mets world they are a good team..they are better than this...but their record, abysmal defense, horrible fundamentals and invisible offense tell us otherwise

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@David Lopez. . .just remember that TC's managerial average is .489. .  with that it becomes a challenge to get to .500. At least TC is consistent, he is a loser.

Keith Swart
Keith Swart

@David Lopez He doesn't thought. Flores was hitting the ball and he plays Tejada in his place and he rots on the bench.  Kirk was crushing the ball and he plays CY over him.  Brown comes up from AAA hitting the cover off the ball and he doesn't play him.  

mets2891
mets2891

I agree to a point, but losing so many 1 run games eventually falls on the manager.

David Lopez
David Lopez

@tullydew Wright signed that contract because he wanted to establish his legacy as this franchise's Derek Jeter.  The sad truth is that he will always be remembered for playing with a losing franchise.  


I don't feel bad for him though, he can cry on all the millions the Wilpons gave him.  

sandybgone
sandybgone

@tullydew It sucks man....this whole charade is getting old with Sandy, Terry and the Wilpons...

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@sandybgone I feel Sandy is full of crap but the things Terry says after the game are evidence that he is watching something else. He insists Abreu is hi Ace in the hole pinch hitter i think he is 2 for 25.

tullydew
tullydew

I think David was sold a bill of goods from Sandy. I'm sure at this point he realizes he was lied too. I don't think David believed the payroll would continue to go down year after year. I'm sure he would waive his no-trade clause to get away from this mess and play in the postseason for the right team.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@Eric Hack . . . Abreu is hi Ace in the hole pinch hitter i think he is 2 for 25..............that's actually better than the rest of the team....Lol.