The 2014 season has not been so kind to New York Mets captain David Wright, as he is in the midst of one of his worst seasons of his career. Every year Wright seems to get hot and then stay hot for an extended period of time that has not been the case this season. He has been average at best and his numbers really do speak for themselves, batting .270 with eight home runs and 56 RBIs.
He has had a tough go of it right from the start of the season and never really found his stroke; a shoulder injury prior to the All-Star break really did not help matters. Wright is dubbed as the best player on this team, but he sure has not hit like it this season. He has been a shadow of the player that Mets fans remember in years past. I myself have been waiting for Wright to go on a tear at some point this season, but the way it looks right now I think I’ll be waiting till 2015.
He has not hit in the clutch and his power has completely disappeared. Since the All-Star break, Wright is batting .232 with no home runs and eight RBIs as the main suspect in a struggling offense. His last home run came on July, 11 which was over a month ago, so the question is what has happened to the former All-Star third baseman?
When I look at his struggles this season a few things stand out to me. The first and most obvious would be that his supporting cast isn’t all that great. Despite Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda, there is no one who scares me in the lineup. Curtis Granderson has been extremely inconsistent. Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud are both young hitters still developing in the majors, and they have had almost zero production from left field and shortstop this season.
This has been a major problem since 2009 for Wright since he hasn’t had a sustained offensive attack to complement him. We saw the type of hitter Wright was early in his career when he has guys like Jose Reyes, Paul Lo Duca, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado hitting before him. He was a top 10 player in the league from 2006-08 and put up some monster numbers, but that was the last time we saw that version of Wright.
Another issue for Wright is that it looks like he is going up to the plate and trying to do too much. I wouldn’t say that it’s pressure; Wright is the type of guy who wants to come through for his team every chance he can, and I think he might be trying too hard to do that which has caused him to press. Forget the power numbers; he doesn’t have to be a big home run guy, but batting .270 is just unacceptable. Wright has been a guy who has been at or around the .300 mark for his entire career, and we have not seen that hitter on a consistent basis this year.
The last thing that has hurt Wright this season is that shoulder injury he suffered in mid-July. I really do think he is still injured, and the hit by pitch against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night didn’t help matters. Wright never wants to sit on the bench, but it is clear that he is not himself. He may be going out there playing injured which has not benefited himself or the team.
If the Mets continue to fall out of the race, Wright needs to do what’s best for himself and the team if he is still injured. There is no reason for him to continue to go out there and struggle if he is dealing with an injury. Hopefully this isn’t the case, but it sure does look like it.
The Mets need Wright to find his form; it would be great to see him do so before the season is over. If that does not happen he sure does need to find himself in 2015, because the Mets will not be able to be a contender without him.