David Wright Continues Carrying Team USA At World Baseball Classic
As much as some of us would like to read into Spring Training numbers in baseball, we’re well aware that, at the end of the day, numbers in March mean very little.
For David Wright, though, maybe they ought not to.
The New York Mets‘ star third baseman is having himself quite the spring campaign, you see — and he’s doing it in the competitive environment of the World Baseball Classic. In fact, you could even say he’s essentially carried Team USA on his back through the tournament thus far.
His play in the Group D stage had already propelled the U.S. into round to, and Wright did not show signs of slowing as the team took on a strong Puerto Rico team in the opening game of the second stage. The 30-year old posting a pair of hits over five at bats, and figured into five of Team USA’s seven runs by driving them in over the course of the team’s 7-1 rout.
Sure, Wright didn’t plate any of the runs himself, but his five RBIs might as well have broken the backs of the Puerto Rican team in Tuesday’s contest.
For the most part, the game was closely contested, with the Americans holding a lead all game on the back of Gio Gonzalez‘s five shut out innings. Puerto Rico finally starting to make some noise by getting their first run in the top of eighth inning, cutting into what was a four-run advantage and making it 4-1.
But when the U.S. loaded the bases in the bottom, Wright simply did what he’s done all tournament long, and put the game out of reach with a bases-clearing double off Houston Astros reliever Xavier Cedeno.
Team USA can probably breath a little easier after winning their round two opener, as they’re now in the driver’s seat, having a pair of chances to make the finals.
That’s thanks mostly to Wright, whose night of work now gives him a .438/.526/.750 triple-slash through four WBC games, and his 10 total RBIs are good enough to lead all players in the tourney.
I suppose you could say that it’s not much to read into, given that these are still just March numbers; but, for a Mets team that will be relying on their captain to carry the offense throughout the course of the 2013 season, the fact Wright is on a tear through the WBC so far is probably as welcomed news as they can get.