Mets: Left Side of The Infield Preview
Back in 2005 the Mets saw a bright future for their ball club, with the rise of up and coming player Jose Reyes and David Wright.
In both the 2006 and 2007 the left side of the infield for the National League All Star game was all Mets.
The Mets 2007 collapse proved to be a step back for the duo, but Mets fans were still optimistic going into 2008 and both Reyes and Wright were having promising years going into September, and where the Mets collapsed again.
In both 2007 and 2008 September seemed to be a lost month for the Reyes, while Wright was constant with his numbers, if not hitting better in September.
Reyes hit .203 in September in 2007 and .243 in September in 2008- not what you want the future shortstop of your franchise for years to come to hit.
2009 was a tough season for the Reyes who had a major injury for the third time in his career (the others being in 2003 and 2004).
Reyes played in 36 games in his injury plagued 2009 campaign, and even while he was playing he put up sub-par numbers compared to the rest of his career.
A fully healthy Reyes is just what the Mets need, but skipper Jerry Manuel really needs to keep a close eye on his injury status, last year he went on the DL for a calf injury, and by the end of the season he was having surgery for a torn hamstring.
Coming into spring, though early, Reyes seems fully healthy- and fully motivated, to get back to his 2006-2007 form where it really looked like he was having fun playing baseball and a more energetic Reyes is just what this team needs.
Also expect Reyes to have greater power numbers if he hits in the three spot, which will really expand the Mets line up and give Reyes the chance for much more RBI's.
2010 Projected Stats- 143 Games, 101 Runs, 26 Doubles, 14 triples, 14 Home runs, 71 RBI's, 48 Stolen bases, and a .291 batting average.
Coming into this spring, a leaner David Wright is hoping to regain some of his power numbers from earlier years.
Met fans can't really complain about David's season last year, he really tried carrying the team and putting them on his back. Wright was under a microscope of the New York media after many of his teammates fell a victim to injuries. Last year it seemed that Wright was not seeing the ball better then previous seasons, striking out a career high 140 times, and remember he also played the least amount of games in his career last year with Manuel giving him an abundance of days off.
Also, Wright found himself trying to go to the opposite field way more then he should of rather than just trying to make solid contact with the ball.
Adding muscle will help David, but I think what will really make the difference is if he starts making better contact with the ball and dose not try to force every pitch to right field.
Another small reason Wright's power numbers were down, was he had almost a hundred less at bats, and he would have hit around 5-6 more home runs if he had the at bats he had in earlier years.
For 2010 don't expect Wright to regain his powers numbers of old, but do expect in increase in power numbers, now that he will hopefully hit with more men on base, and not be completely under the spotlight of the New York Media.
2010 Projected Stats- 193 Games, 106 Runs, 40 Doubles, 2 triples, 22 Home runs, 98 RBI's, 21 Stolen bases, and a .309 batting average.
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