Are David Wright's Recent Struggles at the Plate Timing, Injury or WBC related?

Wendy AdairAnalyst IApril 13, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 04:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets bats against the Boston Red Sox on April 4, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

David Wright does not normally hit well in April, pretty much a 286 average, the only month that he does not achieve being a 300 hitter.  However, so far this season, during the six games the Mets have played, Wright has struck out eight times, his normal season strikeouts is roughly 100-115 per year.  At this current pace, he could well exceed that limit and that could be disastrous for both Wright and the Mets.

Even though he has been getting a hit a game at least, the Mets should be concerned about Wright's timing on fastballs and his ability to track pitches.

Wright has one RBI and no home runs during the six games. That in itself is not a valid reason for concern, but the strikeouts are admittedly a red flag that show he is not comfortable hitting right now.

Last season, David Wright put up incredible production numbers in the first inning and this set the tone for the rest of the game as it gave the Mets starting rotation a cushion to pitch effectively.

The first six games has shown Wright to strike out in almost all first innings. This has to make you wonder about the cause and hopefully a solution will be found, even though Wright is not a player who will use injuries as an excuse for his own failures. 

During the WBC seeding game against Venezuela, Wright fouled a ball off his foot in the first inning which resulted in tearing his toenail off his foot and giving him a deep bruise.

So far the trend has been a strike out during his first two at bats and a hit, walk, or both later in the game, which is pretty much opposite of what we have come to expect from our number three hitter.

The Mets need to be focused on identifying why he is struggling, especially in the early innings, but if there is a physical reason, it needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.  If it is just a matter of timing, that will work itself out, but the Mets need David Wright to hit and drive in runs in order to be competitive in the National League.