David Wright watches from the bench 2a

More shoulder questions for Wright after 0-fer

David Wright‘s second-half struggles continued Monday as he went 0-for-4 in the Mets’ 4-1 loss to the Cubs. But Wright told reporter Adam Rubin he’s not blaming his ongoing left shoulder issue  (ESPN, Aug. 18).

“If I’m in the lineup I expect to produce to a certain standard,” Wright told Rubin. “When I don’t produce to that standard, it’s frustrating.”

Sunday, Terry Collins suggested the shoulder has played a role in Wright’s post-All-Star break slump (MLB.com, Aug. 17).. Wright missed Sunday’s game after getting hit by a pitch in the shoulder the night before. Rubin reported Wright talked his way into the lineup for Monday’s game.

“The way that I’ve progressed, I feel good,” Wright told Rubin “I wanted to come to the ballpark today with the mindset of trying to give it a shot. Everything worked out pretty well. I got the treatment, tested it and felt good.”

Wright, 31, is hitting .224  with just two extra-base hits (both doubles) in 30 starts since the break.

“I had a real long talk with him this morning to make sure he understands the importance that we can’t aggravate it,”  Collins told Rubin. “It’s a bruise. It’s not anything that’s structural, or where it was before. It’s just a bruise. He said he’s fine to swing. He said, ‘If I injure it, I’ll tell you.'”

Said Wright: “The shoulder is not an excuse. Again, when I go tell the manager that I’m good to play, I expect to produce. I’m not thinking about the shoulder. I’m not thinking about bad habits. I’m thinking about going out there and trying to excel and doing what I’m capable of doing, that I’ve proven I can do. When I don’t do that, I’m as frustrated as anybody.  . . . I’ve got however many weeks to get it going a little bit and hopefully finish strong and let that carry over into the offseason.”

After the game, a reporter told Wright some are hoping he is not being forthcoming about the injury because otherwise, his recent numbers suggest his skills are declining.

 




106 comments
jenkins
jenkins

He's obviously hurt. This is beyond dumb.

Michael Zvirblis
Michael Zvirblis

I don't know who to feel more sorry for? A team that never hits or the sad fans? Wait! The fans ain't millionaires!

robby
robby

They should sit him out for the majority of the season.  The Mets are going nowhere but down

George Komninakis
George Komninakis

David Wright should not be batting 3rd- he should be batting 5th to give Duda protection.   Top 3 should be Dendekker, Murphy, D'arnaud!    Duda protects Travis, Wright protects Duda, Granderson protects Wright!  Very simple!

saxon
saxon

We all have seen David struggle with his power over the last 4 years as well as his RBI totals...It appears that Citi field has taken away the David Wright we all loved... the .300 average guy....the 30 plus homerun guy, the 40 plus doubles, the 100 plus RBIs the .390 plus OBP... Looking at his numbers over the last 4 years at Citi, David was gifted his 7 year contract because of Shea numbers with the "hope" of us all that he would return...I sat at many a games behind the 1st base dugout watching Beltran, Delgado and Wright rip up so many teams...Miss those days...

Scrubs
Scrubs

Can't send a Met hero down to minors to correct his swing. Besides, he's prob out of options at this stage in his career. Why not just DL him and send him down to St Lucie to rehab his shoulder AND his swing.  I appreciate his wanting to lead by example but he looks like he's really hurting, as TC admitted to last night.  NOt doing the team any favors, Let's see what Soup can do at third in the meantime. Heard boos after strikeout late.  Ouch.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Shut up down the seasons over. We need him healthy and ready to go for next year. Give let Campbell play everyday. Don't even think ab pitching Harvey. Bring up syndegard and put colon on waivers.

golsf
golsf

Rooting for DW to return to health and his productive ways.

To those who criticize him, consider that showing some loyalty to your team's stars (and role players) even when they go through struggles (that are part of every career) is part of creating a winning culture for a team.

So, please stop ripping one of the finest players to ever put on a Mets uniform, and show him the support he has earned over the course of his career.

It would sicken me to see DW return to All Star form in, say, a Cubs jersey...

suzyq
suzyq

For the 22.5 mil we paid to Granderson and C. Young we should have just kept Marlon Byrd.  He's running circles around both of them this season.   Every signing Sandy made this season has been awful except for Colon who didn't start out so well either.  Sandy is cheap and looks for bargain players.  He needs to go and take Terry with him.  As long as he's around, Terry will be here unless Jeff pulls the plug like he did on Hudgeons the hitting coach.   I don't see Lamar Johnson motivating these guys any better.  They can't get out of their own way.

truth77
truth77

@NorthWest Reynolds another 2-5  tonight 3 RBIs.Kids batting between Double A and Triple A around 350 this Year made  3 errors the whole Year .Got to be  due to some some financial reason the Mets have not brought him up .It cannot be because we have a surplus of hitting that is for sure.

NorthWest
NorthWest

Can we please see what Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki can do in the majors? When does sandy come back from vacation

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

David should sit the rest of the season and recover. Depending on who we acquire in the offseason should determine whether next year wright bats 2nd, 5th, or 6th. He is no longer a three or four hitter. But if keeps batting his normal .305ish he could definitely score 100 runs with the right people batting around him.

Agustin Torres
Agustin Torres

He don't said it I will Nobody want to play for Collins, he SUCKS 4years loosing REALLY who he sucking

January 12th
January 12th

David Wrights' numbers have been alarming. I mean considering that he is getting great protection between Daniel Murphy the national league hits leader and Lucas Duda, a guy who leads the team in home runs I don't know what Davids' excuse could be.

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

If David Wright comes back next season and puts up good numbers....which he should based on his career....I shouldn't see any of the haters who are just killing Wright..on here putting him on a pedestal...all of you that I am sure were cheering this dude year in and year out...has one off year and you all turn your back on him....no wonder people try to play out Met fans

josef
josef

Daniel Murphy, our supposed best hitter is 1 for 16 against the Cubs, one of the worst teams in the league, Captain Loser Wright/wrong, is hitless in God knows how long with zero power, and Grandy simply sucks! Add to that a loser minor leaguer a la den Dekkar, and no one at SS, and you have no offense!

josef
josef

David Wrong is a big part of the problem, and he would never be the solution either, especially now that he is on the wrong side of 30, chokes when it counts most, and has become a Glorified Singles Hitter!

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

it is one off year people...look at the guys career stats....outside of 2011 where he only played 102 games, the dude has been good...look at his averages..his OBP and OPS...


Yes he got a big contract...yes, year one he has not lived up to it...he deserves a pass this season. Lets see how 2015 goes...if he has another down year, yes I would start to worry

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

If his career ended this year is he a Hall of Famer right now?

dukewillie
dukewillie

@saxon DW probably adjusted his swing to accommodate Citifield's dimensions under Hojo's guidance the first year when Citifield opened.. He's never found that original swing to go back to, yet.

George Komninakis
George Komninakis

@suzyq I will take Dilson Herrera for the next 15 yrs over Byrd for 2.  Not to mention Black!!

golsf
golsf

Agreed...Byrd was one of the few bright spots las year...he showed what a talented professional he was in his time with the Mets...maybe he wasn't interested in returning knowing the Mets would just trade him again...

golsf
golsf

Not on the 40 man roster...it would likely cost the Mets a ML player as they'd lose the protected slot.

golsf
golsf

Likely when rosters expands...not until then though.

golsf
golsf

Agreed ... Playing for draft picks now.

suzyq
suzyq

Exactly and the Mets make every excuse in the book for him.  I feel for the guy but he''s getting paid big bucks and not producing like he should.  We could sign a few good players for what he's getting paid.   He has a great glove but a horrible hitter.

golsf
golsf

Exactly...all Mets fans play a role in shaping a winning attitude...stop ripping DW who has been so loyal (and consistently excellent). Wright, ups and downs, is the best Mets 3B in the history of the franchise...

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

@josef were you saying that from 2005-2010?


Were you saying that in 2012 and 2013? He is having one off year...dude comes back a=next season and puts up big numbers..you shouldn't be rooting for him again then right?

josef
josef

@BerryBeltran Please look at the same stats, and the same so-called great averages! But look at how many of his HRs, RBIs, and hits have been in the 7th inning or later, look at how many of them have been with 2 outs, and look at how may of them have been with runners in scoring position! Once you see that, his averages drop SIGNIFICANTLY!!

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

Don't you have to have great, dominant years to do that??

tullydew
tullydew

Not even close. He's Scott Rolen 2.0

javy180
javy180

But they could've sign him as a free agent instead of CY.

josef
josef

@Olerud42 @josef I am a fan, but I am realistic and know Wright is not someone you build a team around

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

@josef @BerryBeltran so .306 in 2012 and .307 in .2013 is so called great? Look at his OPS those two years...look at his OBP. His career average with RISP and 2 outs is .254..not pretty...but the rest is close to .300. He is having a horribly off year....2015 he needs to step back up...I give him a pass...you may not..but he deserves a pass THIS year

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

@josef @BerryBeltran so who should play 3B then? Eric Campbell? Wilmer Flores? Give me a name that can replace Wright that is a realistic player to get that can be better than he has been in his career

golsf
golsf

I'll take Scott Rolen 2:0 over the dreck the Mets had at 3B before him....DW is one of the best Mets in club history...he needs another 10 solid years for HoF consideration ...

josef
josef

@BerryBeltran Murphy gets a double, finally in the 9th, and is on 2nd base with no outs!

David Wrong is up next, at home, hoping to start a rally! What does he do? Strikes out!!!

javy180
javy180

That is why I would've never given DW that big contract. He's a good player not great.

josef
josef

@BerryBeltran @josef 0.254 with RISP and 2 outs, and even much lower average with RISP and 2 outs in 7th inning or later, like around 0.230, throughout his career, means he is not clutch, and he only hits when there is little or no pressure, and when those around him also hit. When everything is on the line and the team really needs you, he seems to always disappear! That is a fact!

josef
josef

@BerryBeltran i would move Murphy to 3rd, and bring up Herrera to play second, get a real SS, and have Flores back up 2nd and 3rd

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

@josef @BerryBeltran because he is having an off year. Look at his career stats man...dude has been solid in 8 of his 10 years....he deserves a pass for this season...now if next season he puts up equal or worse numbers, there is a reason to be concerned

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

@josef @BerryBeltran I agree with the real SS...however, Murphy is average defensively....he would not be good at 3B defensively. You are downgrading that position...and you are downgrading the offense at 2B with an unproven player. The offense sucks now...thats not going to improve it IMO...


The way you improve it...again IMO is you trade for Starlin Castro, get Wright out of the 3 hole..move him to 5 and plug Murph in the 3 slot...