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Now that two of the Mets top producers from a season ago (Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran) are elsewhere, the pressure will be on David Wright to step up in their absence.
The timing could not be better for Wright, as the Mets are planning to shrink the gargantuan dimensions of Citi Field next season.
(Sidenote: I never understood why they made Citi Field so comically huge to begin with. One of the Mets best players at the time of the move was Wright, a power-hitting right-handed batter. Not only was the outfield fence far away, but the fence was really high. Expecting him to pop 30 homers in that stadium is just plain unfair. You could even tell in video games... would you want to play a home run derby in Citi Field? I didn't think so.)
Since the move to Citi Field in 2009, Wright just hasn't seemed like the same player. Here are some of his stats for reference; Citi Field stats are in bold:
2006: .311 average, 26 homers, 116 RBI.
2007: .325 average, 30 homers, 107 RBI.
2008: .302 average, 33 homers, 124 RBI.
2009: .307 average, 10 homers, 72 RBI.
2010: .283 average, 29 homers, 103 RBI.
2011: .254 average, 14 homers, 61 RBI.
The new dimensions of Citi Field should cater to Wright's strengths next season. To be honest, I'm surprised it took this long to change them.
Nevertheless, the Mets are going to rely heavily on Wright's offensive production next season, which should bounce back. If he doesn't produce, it will be another long year for Mets fans.