Friday, April 08, 2011
Trying to put the claims that Wright isn't clutch to bed
Carlos Beltran had taken the taken the majority of the blame for Mets failures after striking out to end the NLCS in '06. The blame has gone from Beltran to Wright mostly because Beltran has rarely played the last few years.
Wright striking out in a big spot against the Cubs late in the '08 season lit the fuse. Wright is mentally weak said some said. Wright is not a franchise player was the refrain. It's time to break up the core! Since then every at bat has been micromanaged and even more so since his power outage in '09. Wright rebounded last year, and while not the same ilk of the elite player that he was in '05-08, he still was pretty good. The guy was still dogged by the "he's not clutch" crowd and took blame because a really bad team fell apart in the second half of last year. I dunno how people could blame Wright over dreck like Francoeur and Barajas among others, but they did.
This year the Wright's not clutch claims has gotten louder and louder and the hate is over the top. Wright drove in the go ahead run in extra innings vs the Marlins last Saturday and had the game winning rbis with a two run single against Hamels on Tuesday. You would think that would get him a break right? Nah. The talk was about Wright's strike out in the first against Hamels, which he made irrelevant two innings later. Today Wright came up with the bases loaded against Roy Halladay and struck out and the Mets didn't score that inning. Well, here came the screams Wright cost us the game! Well, yes you'd like to see Wright get at least a sac fly there to drive in a run, but you do have to give the best pitcher in the world Roy Halladay credit, no?
The fact that Jon Niese got clobbered afterward should tell ya in the grand scheme of things it didn't matter too much. If Wright gets a sac fly or a double does Niese magically pitch a great game? Doubtful.
The early game at bat lead to this thread blasting Wright http://www.nysportsday.com/themofo2/new-york-mets/20734-honest-questioneer-met-fans.html#post471182 , as you can see it's a whiny woe is me Mets fan type post. It is posted by likely the biggest Wright hater there is. The guy goes off that Wright can't drive in the big runs, and is a choker. The guy doesn't have any stats to back in up, but hey according to him Wright can't hit wrisp right? Well, here are the stats.
Wright's career numbers with "2nd and 3rd"
Runner on 3rd, less than 2 out
That is terrible no? It doesn't matter because some people are so biased that they'll look past stats and just stick with their opinion no matter how off the mark it is. Mets fans are angry and after the past four years who can blame them? That said, the fans that are hating on a guy that will go down as the bet position player in franchise history are not very smart.
I guess we're living in a world where we gotta find a scapegoat and for Mets fans it's always the best players on the team, and that's wrong. The sad thing is this doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon and instead of being appreciative of David Wright, he is gonna have to deal with the fans venom for the foreseeable future. The same fans that once cheered arguably the worst hitting corner OF ever in Jeff Francoeur.
It really is a sad state of affairs and I'm not looking forward to the home opener and possibly hearing Wright getting booed unjustly. My goodness if he strikes out his first at bat there will be a uproar. Sandy Alderson was brought in here to fix the team, if only he could fix the fanbase too.