Wright really needed to come through there in the 8th, what an awful game he's had
Clearly there's blame to go around with the Mets, as far as being 19-21 goes (now 4-10 in their last 14). We've seen bullpen implosions and some god-awful hitting. The only entity on the team that's been pretty solid is the starting pitching.
But one of these days, the Mets' brass has got to stop using Wright's contract and performance as the measuring stick for how they do business. I think that, unless the mentality changes significantly, Wright's contract will represent top dollar in Metland for years to come. He is clearly the "superstar" cornerstone in this franchise's eyes, with the contract (as far as high-priced contracts go with the Mets) to prove it.
I don't know what more anyone can possibly need to see, but Wright is not deserving of this status. Maybe from 2005-08, he was, but he isn't now, and he's not getting any younger. Is he a good, occasionally very good player? He is. But the real superstars find a way, no matter what. Wright has been a barometer hitter for years now. When the team struggles, he tends to struggle right along with them. He's not a leader, nor is he the kind of player to lead a team out of the doldrums, to stubbornly put a team on his back and basically say "I know we're flawed and I know we may not be much better than .500, but somehow we're going to win more games than anyone thinks we should."
Last night was a prime example of what we've seen from him so many times from 2009 on...with a chance to put his stamp on a winnable game, he doesn't. Doesn't come even close. He's just as mired in the futility as everyone else. He comes up small so damned often, and there's a reason why no one's afraid of David Wright in these big spots. It's the same old sh!t...he's really not that hard to get out. He's not a game-changer and hasn't been in years.
He can be a terrific complementary guy, a very nice 1A or 1B, but as long he's the best hitter on the Mets, he'll continue to disappoint in big money moments, and the team will follow in his "good, but not really good enough" footsteps. No one is quaking in their boots when Wright is coming up to the plate. The Mets need a guy like that so badly, and I hope to God Sandy and others are finally realizing that Wright will never be that guy for their ballclub. I'm always for putting players in spots where they can best succeed. Asking Wright to be "The Man" here is just begging for more disappointment and failure.