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Despite a potential 35-40 home runs and 100-110 RBI from left-handed slugging first baseman Ike Davis, the Mets' MVP this year will once again be third baseman David Wright.
Fresh off an eight-year, $138 million extension, Wright will enter this season with the same mission he has had throughout his career—to lead the Mets to their first world championship since 1986. Wright has noticeably put the Mets on his back and with time, his efforts could possibly pay off in a big way.
Throughout his career, Wright has set the example for National League third basemen. He has been an All-Star from 2006-2010 and 2012. Since his career began in 2004, Wright has ranked third among all active third basemen in home runs, third in RBI, second in runs, first in hits, and fourth in OPS.
When Wright made his major league debut, Alex Rodriguez and Chipper Jones were widely considered the best third basemen in baseball at the time. Now that Rodriguez has declined and Jones has retired, it's clear that Wright is the model of excellence among all active third basemen.
In 2012, Wright got off to an amazing start, but cooled off in the second half, which led to a .306 average, 21 home runs and 93 RBI. The home runs and RBI were down compared to his career averages, but the Mets' offense did not give Wright a particularly large number of opportunities to drive in runs.
With what will hopefully be a better Mets' offense this year, Wright should be able to get back into the 100-110 RBI range, or maybe even close to 120 RBI. More home runs would certainly help the cause, and there is no reason why Wright should not be able to get past 30 home runs again if he stays more consistent throughout the season and does not try to do too much at the plate.
If Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy, among others, can get on base at a productive rate, expect Wright to have a huge season this year. Ike Davis will display the most power for the Mets, but Wright remains the heart and soul of the Mets' offense for a reason.