David Wright is primed for a bounce back year. 2-3-10

February 3, 2010

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Let’s shift our attention from the Superbowl for a minute and take a look at baseball and one of its young stars.  David Wright had one of the most mysterious years in recent major league history.  He was always known as a power hitting third baseman for the New York Metropolitans.  This past summer there was a power outage at third base in the the new Citi Field, home of the Mets.

Many have proclaimed that the new ball park is a true pitchers park and that this was a big contributing factor to the decline in his power numbers.  Wright was always around the benchmark numbers for a premier player.  30 homeruns, 100 RBI’s and a .300 average had become standard for him.  Last year the average was there as he was in the hunt for the NL batting title much of the year, but the homeruns all but disappeared.  Can a ball park really have that much of an effect on power numbers?  No, not entirely.

Steroids? No way.  Wright has always maintained the same figure and would not be one that would raise red flags when performance enhancing drugs come up in the conversation.

What was it then?  Well factor in that the New York Mets lost their leadoff, third and fifth hitters in their lineup for most of the season and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize why his numbers went down.  Reyes, Beltran and Delgado gave Wright a lot of RBI opportunites and protection in what was a lethal Mets lineup, at least on opening day before the parade of injuries took place. Couple the loss of key players with the new park and slight alteration in his swing and that was the formula for his power decline.

This year the Mets offense will be in full gear especially after Beltran comes back in mid-May.  The addition of Jason Bay will provide even more protection and having Francouer around for a full season should help as well.  David Wright and the Mets offense will be back ready to mash next year, the only question for them is if their pitching will be able to make it throughout the course of a 162 game season.   David Wright is primed for a bounce back year in 2010 and I once again expect the Mets to be contenders as long as they address their pitching before the trade deadline and bring in somebody to compliment ace Johan Santana.


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