David Wright is in today’s starting lineup (Mets Twitter, Aug. 4).
Wright is batting .197 during his last 18 games, during which he has no home runs and 16 strikeouts. He missed the week before the All-Star game resting a sore shoulder.
“When he struggles, he takes it personally,” Terry Collins said before Monday’s afternoon game.
Collins said he asked Wright a couple of days ago if he needed a day off, but the team captain said he would prefer to work out of this current funk in games.
Wright insisted he feels fine, repeating it four different times when asked about his health late Sunday.
“I’m not sure how else to put it,” Wright saids. “I’m just not getting the results I want. I just need to stop fouling off pitches I should be hitting, and not chasing so much.”
Wright is on pace to end the season with 550 at bats, while hitting .270 with roughly 12 HR, 70 RBI and a .721 OPS
“When you’re in something like this, when you don’t have it, you’re guessing wrong and it seems like you’re swinging before the ball is out of the pitcher’s hand, sometimes it takes only one swing where you feel something click and you have your confidence back,” Wright said.“I wish I could just snap my fingers and go 20 for the next 20, but unfortunately it hasn’t gone that way quite yet.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This would have been a good day to give him a rest. The Mets return to action tomorrow night, meaning Terry could have given him about 48 hours off. However, resting Wright today would also stink for people (specifically kids) paying to watch the team at home today at 12 p.m.
In either case, he looked really agitated Sunday night when reporters kept asking if his shoulder is contributing to his slump. He’s looked fine in the field, so I’m disinclined to think it’s pain. The Mets have faced a bunch of very good starting pitchers these last two weeks, and that – more than anything – can make a batter press and get out of sync. Wright hit .364 in the nine games after his trip to the DL, then it was the All-Star break, so it’s not like he sat out and started slumping. He was actually swinging well. It was after the All-Star break – which coincided with better competition – that he started struggling.