Last night's loss to the Orioles saw David Wright's 11-game hitting streak snapped, with an 0-for-5 night with two strikeouts and three runners left in scoring position with two outs.
During this recent streak, Wright had been red-hot and also has shown a tremendous increase in his own confidence as a leader.
There is no real reason for concern for one bad offensive game; he can't be a hero every game.
The question is, will tonight start another streak or will he go into a slump when the team needs wins more than ever?
Jerry Manuel said on WFAN radio yesterday that in order for the current roster not to change drastically with outside transactions that the Mets need to stay at or near five games over .500.
David Wright has always been a very streaky hitter, and this year has been a roller coaster for him.
It has to be very frustrating to strike out when the game is on the line instead of being the hero, but everyone plays a part and goes through streaks of their own. It's a long grueling season and there will be many peaks and valleys for all hitters.
Many criticized him, especially during the WBC this past spring, for leaving his team after two collapses. He, along with Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans, arrived at Port St Lucie to train with Howard Johnson the day after the Super Bowl. That shows a dedication above and beyond the call of duty.
Even when he got injured, he was determined to finish what he started. That has to show for something, and as fans we should be proud that he accomplished a great deal during those three weeks.
Keep in mind that he is a proven battler and will end up being in Mets and baseball history books for years to come with all of his offensive and defensive accomplishments.
Right now, he appears to be struggling a bit with a bruised left leg due to many foul tips recently and is wearing a shin guard. I do think that adds to some of the anxiety at home plate.
His strikeouts have been alarming and seem to come at the most inopportune times, but that's the nature of baseball for you.
The Mets coaching staff and Wright himself seem baffled as to what's going on, but they believe in him and that his strikeouts will go down and the power will come.
Wright has always been a better player during the second half, and that's what the Mets are counting on from him this year.
The hope is that both Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes return to the lineup after the All-Star Break, but there are no guarantees with either of them right now according to Manuel.
In order for the Mets to be contenders, Wright, along with Carlos Beltran and Gary Sheffield, will be relied on to drive in the bulk of the Mets' runs until Delgado returns and shows that he is at full strength after hip surgery.
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