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David Wright, on pace for weak season, says Mets bats are cold

David Wright hit a single in the eighth inning Tuesday, giving him just three hits in his last 53 plate appearances, spanning 13 games, during which the Mets are 3-10.

He is on pace to hit around.260 this season, with a .320 OBP, 10 HR and 75 RBI.

Wright only said, “No,” when asked if anything was physically hindering his performance (ESPN, June 17).

“You look at their lineup, top to bottom they have a good lineup,” Wright said about the Cardinals, who beat his Mets late Monday night. “You can’t have Murphy, or Granderson, or whoever, kind of be the only guy, or two guys, in our lineup to be successful. You’ve got to have a strong lineup in case you do have one, two, three guys that kind of get cold and go through the inevitable ups and downs of a season. You need from top to bottom to be able to lengthen a lineup out. Lately, we just have too many guys cold at the same time.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Oh, David, if only that was the problem. I’m sorry to break it to you, but many of the people in the lineup with you will always be ‘cold,’ because they’re not good hitters. I don’t think Chris Young‘s problem is a batting slump. I think his problem is that he’s 30 years old and not that good any more. Is Lucas Duda in a slump? Or, at 28, is this the best he’ll ever be? Taylor Teagarden isn’t slumping, he’s playing at the wrong level. He should be in Triple-A, just like Matt den Dekker. And, please, don’t get me started on Ruben Tejada

I know you know this, you just can’t say it. It’s not fair to your teammates, who are what they are. I respect that. You’re a good teammate. However, while I know you don’t like to pick up the phone and call Sandy Alderson, the next time he asks how things are going, tell him you’d like more talented hitters with you in the lineup.




81 comments
Greg Bara
Greg Bara

Mets are constantly working on the bandaid fix. They missed the boat on getting Nelson Cruz for 8MM, and instead signed Chris Young for 7MM. Cruz is killing it, and Young is killing the Mets. They lack a hitting shortstop and catcher. It would seem pretty obvious where they need to make some moves. I would keep Grandy, Wright, and Murphy. Duda is not going to cut it for what the Mets need. Tejada has to go, Young has to go.

Rich
Rich

So bat David's only protection leadoff? Makes sense in bizarro world. Hit Grandy 4th

Shawn R. Babcock
Shawn R. Babcock

I don't know how people that blog about the Mets on a daily basis don't go insane. The slog is painful. Never ending loop of negativity.

I used to be a Sandy believer...and I still think we'll get there (2016)...but he lost me a little by not addressing shortstop. Just sad. Huge, giant, hole. You can't start a season without a MLB SS. Field a team. Bush league.

Sorry, but you had to spend a couple bucks and fix that. Disrespectful to the customer.

Dave Nestle
Dave Nestle

BINGO! We have a winner! Thanks for writing in print the blunt reality Matt...

rock44
rock44

C'mon, David! Shout it out! I know you want to say it! Sandy/wilpons have to put better players around you! Go to the media and say it! What can happen? They trade you? That would be good for you and you'd be my all time favorite player!

Max AT
Max AT

Has Sandy decided that Den Dekker, Andrew Brown, and Eric Young are all better options than Jason Kubel and Grady Sizemore? Obviously they don't solve any long term issues but they are objectively better than any outfielder we have after Granderson, Abreu, Lagares.

imissshea
imissshea

Matt, I'm not sure I've ever read anything where you've come right out and named players who were not good. I'm glad you have. 100% agree.

I hope for David's sake he can get traded, he doesn't deserve this. Alderson and the Wilpons are lying to him. David will not win a championship with this team's ownership.

gregf
gregf

Not to be a real jerk, but were there ever any whispers of steroids surrounding Chris Young? His couple of good years just don't play when you look at the rest, and his performance this year ... 30 is not old ... even in the 60s, it was felt that a good player's MVP year often would be at age 32 ... then a dropoff a few years later ...

1Will_M
1Will_M

@metsblog Tough for a lineup to get hot when they just do not have the talent to be consistently good.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

The most productive hitters on this team should be in the lineup, every day. Even with Wright slumping, He, Murph, Granderson, Duda, and Abreu are the most productive players on this team. Your top 5 hitters should be so, every day. den Dekker and Flores need to play every day. They should be 6 and 7. Tejada, EY, Campbell, should all get spot starts to stay fresh. Tejada for defense late in games. EY for defense a PR late in games.Campbell PH late in games. Chris Young should be cut as soon as Lagares is back.

Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

David is a true team player , what else would he say but " we have a good ball club " ? .You have to wonder thou how he truly feels about this team and if he's starting to regret signing that long term contract with the Mets , when he could be playing for a contender.

Mont5
Mont5

The 2 biggest mistakes that Alderson has done is not trading Reyes & Wright. Is still not to late for Wright.

If your going to rebuild then do it the right way and trade Wright.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

I can't wait until the next time I do a lousy job at work. Sorry boss, my PC is just cold, that's all. I'm not a moron, I just need to get these keys going.

rf04
rf04

David, Sandy, TC, even Harvey... all keep their yaps quiet to protect the dudes who sign their paychecks. They all deserve better than this. Ask Mr. Reyes or Mr. Thole. This whole thing sucks right now.

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

Anyone but me notice that when SNY does crowd shots its always of people with Met Jersey's/hats/jackets. Almost as though it is staged to show the viewers that there are some Met fans that still go to games. Actually makes me sick to see people giving their money to the make me Illpons.

hankincolo
hankincolo

I suppose yet another game filled with bases loaded opportunities finally caused Matt to snap.  GOOD!

dabo
dabo

All bats are cold?  No guys the team is full of guys who are not any good, in fact I think they are not even at the mystical 4A level.  It is really time to make some moves and try to get better

hankincolo
hankincolo

Wow, I actually agree with Matt. I wonder if he gets fired by the Wilpons?

benmoz
benmoz

Sign/trade for a shortstop and an outfielder. I've been saying this for too long now, none of these guys have a legit power bat to protect them in the order. And yes, Wright needs that bat as well. He's so easy to pitch around when LITERALLY no one is producing in the line up, and he's pressing now too which contributes to his slump.


If they trade for one of those shortstops from Arizona/Seattle that's fine, but they still need to figure out a way to get a good slugging outfielder in here. Otherwise they need to sign Hanley, Cabrera for SS.


Honestly, how long are Alderson and Collins going to keep their jobs when they are preaching that a roster which is just SO evidently horrible offensively "needs to play better", and its so clear that the roster is just bad. 


Alderson is kidding himself if he thinks he can get this production without spending, his scouting ability isn't that good.

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

should have traded this tower-of-the-company-line when they decided not to pay reyes. shoudla just went all in on the rebuild and traded both instead of letting reyes walk and overpaying the overvalued wright. i said it back then and all the fanboys cried like biotches at the mention of it. wright is dreamy to them.

archer41
archer41

That was a TKO, Matt.  Finally!  There's no secret what this franchise needs.  Sadly, it simply won't happen.  Wilpons/Katz needs to sell ASAP.  If Ballmer can't ultimately purchase the Clippers for $2B, he should slide on over to Flushing and pick up the Mets.  Hopefully, the Wilpons can see how franchises have jumped in value and then can quietly ride off in to the sunset.  Or loudly.  I really don't care at this point.  


Need a new approach at GM.  The watered down "Moneyball" approach obviously has failed.  Sandy has done a few decent moves, but the potential payoff is year and years from now, if it even materializes at all.  


TC is on the lesser blame spectrum, but he hasn't done a good job this season.  Every move smacks of desperation.  He's punch drunk at this point.  Firing him is euthanasia at this point.  

nykjw2
nykjw2

Good commentary, Matt. Lack of talent is the real issue.

Geoff Beers
Geoff Beers

Matt won the internet today.  Well done.


Steven Molello
Steven Molello

Well said Matt. I just wonder why it took you so long to draw a conclusion that most of us had about 5 seasons ago.

Glenn Blasius
Glenn Blasius

Kudo's Matt.     Agree entirely.   DW needs to have a word with Sandy.   Or multiple words.   Some starting with the letter F. 


When people said DW was the face of the franchise, little did they know that the face would be associated with the word "sucker."  

bqcurran
bqcurran

I knew there was some honesty on this site in there somewhere. FINALLY- well said Matt Cerrone!!!!

legs3
legs3

Hey David please tell us how do you get 6 or 7 singles hitters to hit at the same time so you can score runs when we are dealing with lifetime batting averages at 230 or lower?

Aaron Robert Gusthov
Aaron Robert Gusthov

@Max AT They're no worse than Sizemore anyway.  He just got DFA'ed so you could probably have him if you wanted him.  I'd rather watch den Dekker than Sizemore, at least he can make some plays in the field.  The real problem is spending 7.5M of your very limited budget on C Young, that's just bad judgement.  

jamets
jamets

@metdrama Trading Wright will not make this team better.  He is not even a small part of the problem.  And with his contract and lack of production this year, you're not getting back the kind of talent that is going to turn things around for this organization.

George Brezny
George Brezny

  Agreed but hoping Alderson gets dumped first and then see if the new gm thinks the same. Don't trust Sandy to make a trade in the Mets favor at this point in time.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

He just isn't talented enough to adjust to the pitching.

dolemite
dolemite

@Mont5 not RE_SIGNING Reyes seems to have been the bigger mistake.  We would have had to overpay (a little) and we would have had to lump the DL time but we would have a solid pressence in the field and at the top of the lineup - a couple of our biggest weaknesses over the last few years.  Rew-signing would also have been a huge boost for the fan base and ticket sales.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Mont5 Wright is the cornerstone of this franchise, he is the reason we will even attract free agents to this mess. I doubt you'd be singing this tune if he was hot.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Christopher Masiello Baseball and a data entry job are 100% incomparable. A computer is a predictable device. Other human beings are not machines.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Why would they show something else?

dolemite
dolemite

@benmoz it's a different scenario from his days with teh A's, every etam is combing now.

We need to give up a couple prospects and get a bat like Kemp, and pay the salary.  Paying Kemp and not signing a CY type will just bring us up a bit over the salary half way point.

James
James

@wilpondscm There was a healthy discussion on Wright at the time about would it be best if he were traded, I thought at the time and now that there were definitely good points about trading him for value then but there is also a point that even on a losing team a captain and face of your team are important.  I think that is why we still need our Captain America and why he was kept.  From a strictly cold analytic point it probably was not the best move, but a baseball team is not just a spreadsheet.


As for trading Reyes, it has been covered ad-nauseum on the site, if he doesn't get injured there is a pretty good chance Reyes would have been traded that year, with the injury I think our return was not much more than we got in compensation and there was still a chance we would have signed him.  If we were offered an equivalent of Wheeler for Reyes he might have been moved that summer, but sometimes the best value you can get for a player like that is the 1st round draft pick.  And we did not know that Miami was going to spend stupid money that off-season either.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@archer41 His trades for young talent may turn out to be excellent. Still too early to tell. Same goes for his draft picks. Unfortunately, his shopping at the bargain basement bin to fill the major league roster is nauseating. Not everyone can be Byrd. Most will be lousy and they have been.

Josh Eppard
Josh Eppard

Players w/ a No Trade clause get traded all the time. I bet David would wave it in a heartbeat!

Mont5
Mont5

It will be easier to trade him if he is hot. What free agents. Wright will never win with the Mets. Is time to get rid of him.

archer41
archer41

@hankincolo @archer41 Hank, I agree, but if you're trading for 18 and 19 yo players (and that was the "plan" all along), then Sandy should have traded both Reyes and Wright.  He got nothing for Reyes and Wright isn't winning any time soon.  Sandy did it half way and now the team is on course - again - to win only 70 games.  

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Mont5 That's true, but he could win with the Mets. This team isn't that far away. No team ever is. It's all about the right moves.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

The only thing the Mets would want back is a lower payroll.