Attention David Wright: No Need for a Cold Spell

Michael GanciCorrespondent IJune 21, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 19:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets runs against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 19, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Rays 5-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

David Wright is having an interesting year.

If you told me at this point David would be hitting .344 and would be on pace for another 100 RBI season, then I would’ve signed up for it immediately.

But it isn’t that simple when talking about Wright.

Despite the awesome batting average, his power numbers are down, and the strikeouts are way up. And to be honest, he has been somewhat of a streaky hitter recently.

Unfortunately, now it seems like it’s time for a cold spell, and that just isn’t something the hobbling Mets can afford right now.

Wright has just three hits in his last 22 at-bats, and he has struck out nine times in that span. The most recent strikeout came last night in the ninth inning, when he swung at a pitch in the dirt when he represented the tying run at the plate. Wright is now on pace for a whopping 172 strikeouts on the season, which would be 52 more than he has ever had in a single campaign.

The power outage can be blamed on many things. With only four homers to this point, David really needs to put on a hitting display if he wants to be anywhere near his past numbers. Citi Field has a lot to do with that, as we have all seen David hit some long fly outs or doubles that would have been out of many other ballparks.

The flip side of that is that David is likely to set a career-high in many other categories. Doubles, triples, stolen bases, and on-base percentage are soaring at the moment for Wright, but if he has a prolonged cold streak like he seems to be entering right now, those numbers may not improve very much.

We have seen Wright step up in the dugout and talk to players firmly about producing, and now he really needs to look in the mirror and lead by example, because with Carlos Beltran’s hobbling knee, this team needs him more than ever.