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Wright says he’s messing with his swing, results not good

David Wright has managed only one extra-base hit since the All-Star Break, but his struggles have nothing to do with the sore shoulder that sidelined him in July, he told columnist John Harper (Daily News, Aug. 7).

“I’ve made some mistakes this year, revamping some things with my swing that I probably shouldn’t mess with,” he told Harper. “Especially after the All-Star break, I started trying to change things when I didn’t get the results I wanted. Pretty soon you’re trying something new every at-bat and thinking about all the wrong things.”

Wright’s .270 batting average would be the second-worst of his 10-year career. His .385 slugging percentage would be his worst.

Terry Collins told reporters Wednesday that Wright’s poor mechanics may have originated while playing with the injury.

“His front shoulder has been flying open,” Collins said, “and he’s not driving the ball to right field like he’s done so well in the past. That could be a result of what he went through (with the shoulder).”




32 comments

MEMO TO METS OWNERS:  David Wright's hitting problems became more of an issue ever since the opening of CITIFIELD.  It is time to change the field dimensions back to replicate the field dimensions of SHEA.  It is messing up the psyche and hitting of your star player.  Anyway offense is down throughout baseball.  If you do this, it is like signing another big bat.  You have 5 years worth of data already in CITIFIELD.  I don't know what else to tell you....

John Joseph
John Joseph

Every year he says he's messing with it and it's not working.....

Alan Tannenbaum
Alan Tannenbaum

I really believe the shoulder he injured is bothering him more than he or the Mets are saying. I wouldn't be surprised if after the season is over they say he will have surgery on it.

Edward J Bessler
Edward J Bessler

He has not been the same since getting beaned by Matt Cain. He bails on anything inside and flails away on that outside breaking pitch.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

He sucks to. How will the Mets ever be good if there franchise player can't hit!

James T. O'Brien
James T. O'Brien

David has had 'mental' problems before in his career, so this is nothing new.  He presses, he feels the pressure to be 'the man.'  He starts to tinker with his swing and before you know it, he's a mess. I can't remember the specific year(s) when this happened previously.  Perhaps someone here remembers or can figure it out.  I agree with everyone who says David needs a couple of days off. They're not going to make it to the playoffs this year.  Besides he should sit when he's on the road, since the hometown crowd wants to see him.

sheaheykid
sheaheykid

Tired of the "he's hurt but not saying anything"  bs bravado... tell the team, go on the DL, get better and back to 100% for 2015... Otherwise, fine him every time he kills a rally!   Btw, I would love to see his stats at the plate with Murphy on base after the 6th inning.   (I still can't get over the 3-pitch K to Samardjzia (I think) with Murphy on 3rd and nobody out back in '08...)

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

One thing he should do is OPEN his eyes when he swings!!!!

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

The guy is taking some of the weakest AB's we've seen since the early struggles of Travis d"Arnaud. He clearly needs some time off--which has always seemed to help in the past. It's painful watching him right now. NO power to RF whatsoever.

Ryan Feldman
Ryan Feldman

He's hurt, it's obvious. He would never say anything tho

bromancer
bromancer

And this is what we spend almost a quarter of our entire payroll for.

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

Messing with it bc his shoulder hurts? I don't know why David would even admit to messing w his swing.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

We all want to see David succeed maybe they should bat him lead off, Casey did that with some of the players it work with Mickey maybe David's not a ,Mickey!

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

"Wright’s .270 batting average would be the second-worst of his 10-year career."


Sad thing is, the Mets would probably be right in the thick of things if they could just get a .270 average out of their Catcher... and Left Fielder... and Right Fielder... and Shortstop... and more than one bench guy...

baldy
baldy

If Wally was here, he'd fix him.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

I wrote this in the thread talking about Kirk and Den Dekker, when someone mentioned Wright's struggles, but it probably fits better here...


Sad to say, the best seasons Wright had were when he was a complimentary piece to a much better lineup.  2006-2010 when he was in a lineup that included the likes of Reyes, Beltran, Delgado, and Cliff Floyd. 


I never saw him as the centerpiece until the lineup got so thin that he and Murphy were the only professional hitters out there.  Pitchers pitched around Wright, Wright presses to get hits, and subsequently swung at a lot of bad pitches.


And continues to do so.

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

i hate this proud work-horse, just-work-though-it crap. guy is sucky, sit him for 2 days straight. let him come back like it is the first time he is picking up a bat. when hojo struggled part of the issue was that he would spend too much time in the cage over-thinking. 

supine
supine

He needs to sit out.....and not just one game. Give him at least two games on the bench.

Tom Bool
Tom Bool

Now I am wondering if he is using this as an excuse because he's just not that good.

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

So an all star third basemen who's been consistently well at the plate throughout his career changes his swing why???

golsf
golsf

As the Mets are not in contention for the division or wildcard, and David Wright is such a critical player, I'd like to see him rested every fifth day to preserve him for future years of his contract.  Let Flores show what he can do at 3B.

Matt Wolchock
Matt Wolchock

He's been messing with his swing since the 2006 Home Run Derby. 

Greg Dee
Greg Dee

Please on catch ike davisitus

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

He hasn't been the same since 2009 or so...

Greg Dee
Greg Dee

I don't know why they don't just watch video of when they hit good and try to get back to that. Seems so simple. Maybe I'm missing something

hashburry
hashburry

TC needs to shut up.  He critiques every player, every night.  He continues to make excuses for every player.  No one needs to talk about DW except DW.  Is CYs shoulder flying open?  How about Tejada?  It must be a shoulder thing, because Niese is pitching poorly as he "needs to strengthen his shoulder" according to TC.

Tom Bool
Tom Bool

Now why the FUDGE would he be doing that?

John Lucarelli
John Lucarelli

A 10 year vet and multiple time allstar is messing with his swing becaaauuuussseeee....

metfan57
metfan57

Exactly. In 2009 he had no power at all. He has had some good years after that like 2010 and 2012 but nothing like 2005-2008. Back then he was arguably the best third-basemen in the NL besides Miguel Cabrerra. It is a combination of two things. One is that Citi Field is a terrible park for him to hit in. Two is that after 2008 he no longer had Carlos Beltran or Carlos Delgado in the line-up to regularly protect him. The Mets really need another big bat to help him out. I know they are hard to find, but that is the only way this team can become a serious contender.