David Wright Has To Get Back To Career Highs For New York Mets

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David Wright suffered through a rough season in 2011 with the New York Mets playing their third season at Citi Field. Wright got much better in 2012 with 21 home runs and 93 RBIs, and should be even better this season for a Mets team that appears to be heading in the right direction with the 2013 season fast approaching.

The Mets are going to need Wright to get back to his previous career-highs though, if the team has any hopes of making the playoffs.

Wright hit 30 home runs in 2007, and another 33 during 2008 but with changes made at the ballpark, Wright should be a player that is hitting more home runs than he presently is. The Mets have good, young players like Ike Davis to work with and with Wright under contract through 2020, there needs to be a certain amount of responsibility put on him.

I have thought that this season could be the one where the Mets finally get back to the .500 mark, but that isn’t going to happen unless Wright hits 25-30 home runs in the middle of the New York lineup.

The Mets have a chance to steal a lot of the thunder in New York City from their crosstown rivals with all the injuries that the New York Yankees are having. If Wright and the Mets can get off to a hot start in 2013, the fans may be tempted to come out more to Citi Field for a team that was in the bottom half of attendance last season.

This is definitely Wright’s team for the next decade, and the pressure is only going to grow until the Mets win a title.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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