As soon as David Wright pulled up lame trying to beat out an infield single Friday night against the Kansas City Royals, every New York Mets fan watching got a bad feeling in the pit of their stomach. But while the Mets eventually won the game, they suffered a devastating loss with Wright suffering a hamstring strain and being placed on the disabled list.
All week long, there was evidence of Wright favoring his hamstring, as if he was nursing it and not trying to overexert himself. But in a tie game in the bottom of the 10th, the Mets’ captain smelled an infield hit and went all out to try to get on base, and that effort and leadership is what ultimately cost Wright, and it’ll probably cost the Mets two weeks to a month without their captain and best player.
The Mets have played quality baseball for the past month and a half, which has actually put them in a tie for third place in the NL East with the Philadelphia Phillies. Obviously, Wright is a huge key to the Mets continuing to have a strong second half, and losing him for an extended period of time is a devastating loss for the team. Any chance of making a near-impossible playoff push can be counted out, and even playing .500 baseball, which the Mets have done for the past month and a half, will be a tall order without Wright in the lineup every day.
Without Wright, the Mets will rely on Justin Turner and Josh Satin to fill in at third base. While that will allow Satin a much-deserved opportunity to play more, neither player is capable of giving the Mets what Wright gives them. It will also make Marlon Byrd the only legitimate power bat in the middle of their lineup.
The Mets’ starting rotation may be able to keep them competitive, but the offense has already had trouble giving them enough run support, and without Wright, that problem is only going to get worse. There’s no need to rush Wright back, since the Mets aren’t in contention, but losing him is a crushing blow to a team that has played well and showed some promise as of late, and it’s the last thing the Mets could afford to have happened.