David Wright is arguable one of the best hitters in the National Leagues, with League Leading HR and RBI stats but has been greatly criticized for not hitting in the clutch during the 2008 season, and he is determined to show in 2009 that he is the clutch hitter that the Mets need to put the memory of two consecutive September collapses behind them.
I think that part of the problem is that he does not pace himself properly and does a lot early in the game to give the starting pitcher a cushion and then is fatigued at the end of the game and cannot properly focus on situational hitting because he is pressuring himself too much.
He said during an interview on SNY Wheelhouse that he is looking forward to the WBC to get his confidence going in the area of situational hitting and hopes that his teammates are using the experience in a similar way, which is fair.
In the 2008 season, he was not rested until June 24, even though it was obvious back in the later part of May that he needed a rest, but because he was trying his hardest to win to help Willie Randolph keep his job, his energy and game suffered greatly.
In order for him to perform at a level that fans expect, he will need more rest, and Jerry Manuel seems to be tuned in to when Wright is fatigued, so I am confident that he will be better monitored this season and can perform at the level that we know he is capable of and help deliver the World Series trophy to the Mets in 2009.
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