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May 8, 2009
BASEBALL: Some Slump

David Wright, widely viewed as being mired in the worst slump of his career, is batting .314/.408/.490 this season, including .406/.487/.750 with 9 RBI in his last 9 games.

Yes, I know, Wright's striking out a lot with men on base. It's a long season, and I refuse to panic; his career batting line remains .312/.396/.542 with men on base, .299/.393/.498 with men in scoring position. The guy who should be getting the grief is Reyes, who is hitting .246/.326/.351 thus far. People notice Wright whiffing with men on base, they don't notice the bases being empty in innings Reyes starts by making out. I'm not freaking out about Reyes either, given his history (I expect him to warm up soon), just saying if you need a target, he's a better one.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:16 AM | Baseball 2009 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

It's almost like people are looking for reasons to get on Wright's case. It's absolutely insane, but it wouldn't be New York if there was not a superstar to unfairly criticize. Wait until Santana has two starts in a row where he gives up two or even - GASP - three runs. Then we'll really hear the boo birds.

Posted by: paul zummo at May 8, 2009 10:43 AM

The SNY guys made a good point last night. The Mets have only faced 3 lefty starters this season. Since, I believe, Wright is the best or one of the best against lefties in the majors, that probably is keeping him down a bit too.

Posted by: Marc R at May 8, 2009 10:43 AM
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