David Wright Not The Same Since Being Domed?

May 11, 2010 – 1:17 pm by Ryan Phillips

New York Mets third baseman David Wright had been his franchise’s cornerstone for the first five and a half years of his career entering last summer. He was hitting .324 on August 15 last year when he was hit in the head by a 94 mph fastball from San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain.

Wright was immediately taken to the hospital and was diagnosed with post-concussion symptoms and went on the disabled list for the first time in his career. Despite the severity of the injury he was activated from the DL on September 1. Since that day Wright has hit just .253.

The 27-year-old Wright has been visibly frustrated by his performance thus far in 2010 and that boiled over into an uncharacteristic ejection in the Mets’ 6-5 loss to the Giants on Sunday. It’s visibly obvious to anyone who watches Wright hit that he’s not comfortable at the plate. A guy for who things came so naturally to for so long is now completely out of his comfort zone in the batter’s box.

In his blog today, Buster Olney reveals that scouts are noticing that Wright “is flinching at breaking pitches, a tendency that they believe started after Wright was beaned last summer.”

Teams are starting to bust Wright in with hard stuff, believing that he’s still suffering from the memory of Cain’s gas to the dome last summer.

To compare, before he was hit by Cain Wright had these numbers in 2009: .324 average, eight home runs, 55 RBI, 65 walks, and 105 strikeouts in 426 at bats. Since then his numbers look like this: .253 average, nine home runs, 39 RBI, 33 walks and 76 strikeouts in 217 at bats. He’s currently third in the league in strikeouts, far higher than he’s ever been before. At his current pace, he’ll strikeout 213 times this season. Last year he K’d a career-high 140 times, his previous high was 118.

His current numbers aren’t awful for your average major league player, but Wright was (and probably still is) a superstar. He was one of the best players in baseball before the incident last summer and it’ll be interesting to see if this is something that haunts him for the rest of his career or if he can overcome it and return to his former self.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

  1. 5 Responses to “David Wright Not The Same Since Being Domed?”

  2. Wright was not good when he came back from the beaning last year but anyone who thinks he isn’t good this year is sadly mistaken.

    He’s got a .968 OPS, which would be a career high.
    He’s got a .417 wOBA which is three points off a career high.
    He’s got a wRC+ of 161, which would be a career high.
    He’s got a .259 ISO, which would be a career high.
    He’s on pace for 34 HR, which would be a career high.
    He’s on pace for 39 SB, which would be a career high.

    There are plenty of guys on the Mets to point to as off to an average or worse start. If you wrote about Bay, Reyes, Castillo, Francoeur or Santana it would be right on target.

    But Wright is doing fantastic. I hope he does this well for the entire season.

    By Brian Joura on May 12, 2010

  3. I like Wright, I really do. I think he’s a great guy, phenomenal talent and a great ambassador for baseball. But having watched him play and ready through various scouts reports on him this year, I just don’t think he looks comfortable at all at the plate.

    The numbers you point out are all well and good, but he just hasn’t passed the eye-test thus far and is striking out far too much. That’s just not the guy he was before.

    Hopefully he gets it turned around.

    By Phillips on May 12, 2010

  4. David has not been the same ball player after receiving has large contract. He received more than 20 million dollars more than Jose Reyes. He is and was not a better ball player. Reyes has proven over and over that the Mets need him to do very well in order for the team to have any success. David although a beautyful person, has not been able to handle the pressure of a player expected to carry a team. The media did not make did not make much of Jose makeing so little compare to David because it has been hush, hush re: Latin American accepting much lesser contracts in terms of $$.

    By billythinker on May 12, 2010

  5. The “he hasn’t been the same since getting the contract” statement it totally inaccurate. Wright got his contract late in the 2006 season and followed that up with the best season of his career in 2007, and then the second best season of his career in 2008.

    As for the comparing contracts of Wright and Reyes, Wright didn’t really get much “better” of a contract than Reyes, he just got a longer one. He is the more productive player so he should earn more money, but year by year their contracts aren’t significantly different…it just Wright’s has two additional years.

    Both the longer and shorter deals have their benefits. Obviously longer term deals offer more security for the players, but when you are talking about two young players as Wright and Reyes were when they signed their original deals, a shorter one can have a lot of benefits since it means a player will be younger when his contract is up, allowing him for a potentially bigger pay day the second time around. Instead of being 30 in his FA year when he’s readying for the next big deal (hopefully Reyes will be re-signed before testing the FA waters) he’ll be 28…which can earn him more $$ in the long run. Of course that is all contingent on Reyes getting back to his normal excellent self, but if he does he’ll be getting paid big time.

    By NYM on May 12, 2010

  1. 1 Trackback(s)

  2. May 12, 2010: Straitpinkie.com Presents the Best Links From Around the Web | straitpinkie.com

Post a Comment