Finally, it seems as though the one missing ingredient to the New York Mets offense is coming around – David Wright is heating up.
By David Hong
New York Mets captain and third baseman David Wright has had a dreadful postseason postseason up to this point.
He started out well with a big two-run, bases loaded single in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers that helped the Mets to a 3-1 win, but after that, he didn’t get a single hit at all until Game 2 of the NLCS.
Prior to the NLCS Game 2, Wright was 1 for 19 and his playoff average was far below .100.
Things seem to be turning though. In Game 2 against the Chicago Cubs, Wright jump-started the Mets offense by hitting an RBI double that scored lead-off man Curtis Granderson from first. That may have been Wright’s only hit in the game, but it seemed bigger in more ways than one.
Obviously bigger, because in Game 2 Wright enjoyed perhaps his biggest postseason game ever. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the Mets 5-2 victory over the Cubs to provide the Mets a 3-0 NLCS lead and one win away from the World Series. He also drew a walk as well. So, he reached base four times in the game.
Missing most of the 2015 season with injuries, and starting out slow in the playoffs, this recent stretch must feel good for MLB’s only official captain. Watching Wright’s swing lately, he seems to be having better cuts. Even when he gets out, his swings look more in tune and he seems more comfortable at the plate and not pressing too much.
— New York Mets (@Mets) October 21, 2015
Baseball is a long season, and when you’re hot, you are really hot (as Daniel Murphy can attest to now).
The Mets were able to hang in there without Wright for most of the regular season, as well as in the playoffs when he was struggling. But the last 2 games, Wright has heated up and if he can continue this stretch, there’s no doubt the Mets offense is even tougher to stop.
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