The New York Mets are approaching the All-Star break and are struggling to keep their heads above water and their record above .500 until their injured regulars return from the Disabled List.
They are now in third place behind Philadelphia and Florida, but still stand only three games out. Philadelphia has also struggled lately, but their injury situation is not nearly what the Mets have been forced to deal with this season.
All things considered, you really can't be too disappointed with the Mets who have played and the way that they have handled their playing time due to the barrage of season-altering injuries.
The only Met to be placed on the 15-day DL is Alex Cora, who is no longer injured.
Everyone else who has been put on the DL will likely be gone for anywhere between 30 to 60 days.
As the lone core member of the team in active standing is David Wright and he is feeling the weight of the team and the world on his shoulders right now. Unfortunately, it's severely affecting his health and productivity.
His batting average, which was between .350 and .370 for most of May and early June, has fallen to .339, which is still second in the National League behind Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins.
Wright has only missed one game so far this season, on May 30, and that was only because the Mets were facing Josh Johnson of the Marlins, a renowned Mets nemesis.
Jerry Manuel decided to rest Wright, Gary Sheffield, and Luis Castillo that Saturday afternoon. This day off helped Wright over the next few weeks as he was back to hitting singles and doubles and stealing several bases.
Now Wright has once again started showing signs of fatigue. He finally was able to snap his 0-for-16 hitless streak last night, in the ninth inning, against Milwaukee.
This is an exerpt from Matt Cerrone of Metsblog.com on this issue:
"David Wright hit .462 during the 13 games prior to June 17, since then he’s batting .222 in his last 12 games.
In other words, Wright continues to be hot and then cold in 10 to 20 game stretches, back and forth, up and down.
The thing is, Wright looks like he needs a nap.
I mean, he’s basically the only regular, legitimate, all-star caliber hitter on the team right now, shouldering the absence of half the offense.
Thanks to the World Baseball Classic, it may as well be August to Wright, who has been playing day in and day out pretty much since early March.
He has started in 73 of his team’s 74 games this season.
Lately, it looks like he’s been sluggish, like he’s not running out fly balls, and he’s starting to seem slow with the bat – not to mention the constant mental pressure he must be under, considering the number of injuries he has had to make up for.
He’ll be honored to make the All-Star team, I’m sure, but I hope he is not able to go – because the guy looks like he could use three consecutive days of sleep."
With the All-Star break and trade deadline rapidly approaching in two weeks, both a three-day break as well as a new face or two should spark the Mets and help Wright tremendously.