Rating David Wright's Performance at the World Baseball Classic

Mathias Ask@@MathiasAskCorrespondent IIMarch 20, 2013

Rating David Wright's Performance at the World Baseball Classic

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    If there is one player on Team USA who can leave the tournament with his head held high, it’s David Wright

    The New York Mets third baseman led the team in most hitting categories despite only playing in four games in the tournament. 

    Wright finished with .438/.526/.750 for an OPS of 1.276. 

    He was the only player in the tournament to reach 10 RBI. In comparison, Robinson Cano, the World Baseball Classic MVP, had six. 

    If this performance was indicative of how Wright is going to perform this season, then New York Mets fans have something to look forward to this season.

    The only problem is that Wright suffered an injury during the tournament and might start the season on the disabled list.

First Round

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    In the first round of the World Baseball Classic, Team USA went 2-1 while Wright batted 5-for-10 with five RBI.

    In the opening game against Mexico, which ended in a 5-2 loss, Wright set the tone for the rest of the tournament by going 2-for-4 with one RBI.

    With their backs against the wall, Team USA bounced back against Italy and Wright led the charge.

    On two hits in five at-bats, he drove in four of Team USA’s six runs to give America its first win in the tournament.

    The third and crucial game against Canada was Wright’s only game in the tournament without an RBI. However, he still proved his worth by going 1-for-2, drawing three walks and scoring three runs.

Second Round

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    Wright’s finest performance in the World Baseball Classic came in the first of two second-round games against eventual finalist Puerto Rico.

    He went 2-for-5 with five RBI in Team USA’s 7-1 win. It was Wright’s best performance in the tournament.

    Unfortunately, Wright was sidelined with a back injury was right after this game.

    For the rest of the tournament it became clear that the third baseman was sorely missed.

    In the first game without Wright, Team USA squared off against the Dominican Republic for an automatic spot in the semifinals.

    The Americans lost 3-1 and could only come up with six hits.

    Team USA had one more chance to reach the semifinals, but it required a rematch against Puerto Rico. This time, the team couldn't win without Wright.

    Team USA only put up three runs, and the number of hits went down from 12 in the first game to eight in the second.

Overall Grade

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    I give Wright an A for the way he performed during the World Baseball Classic.

    Despite playing fewer games than most of his teammates, he only had two less hits than Jimmy Rollins and Joe Mauer, who led the team in the category.

    He also had Team USA’s only home run and, most impressively, he led the entire tournament in RBI.

    Had Wright not suffered an injury, there is a huge chance that Team USA would have repeated its victory against Puerto Rico and moved on to the semifinals.

    The next step for him is to get healthy as soon as possible so that he can take the New York Mets to the next level.