David Wright has bled orange and blue for a decade. He’s the franchise leader in hits, doubles, and ranks second in home runs, a stat he will almost certainly take over in the not too distant future.
He’s been through the highs of the 2006 season and every low from then to our magical 2015 World Series run. If any player on the Mets roster knows the importance of remaining hungry and putting the pedal to the metal this season, it’s Wright.
Speaking at Port St. Lucie, Wright spoke about how the success of last season means absolutely nothing as far, as guaranteeing success this year. He brought up how the Mets will now be in the unfamiliar position of being the hunted and will get each teams’ best effort every night. He talked about the all in team effort it will take to just match the success of last year, not to mention the effort needed to take the final remaining step. The Captain is making sure there will be a top to bottom understanding of the effort that will be needed to finish what was started in October of last year.
Aside from the day in and day out effort that will be needed, in order to have the encore season the Mets and their fans want, one thing that’s key is health.
Particularly at catcher and third base, Travis d’Arnaud and Wright have been injury prone, to say the least.
However, one thing the Mets have going for them is their depth. Backup catcher Kevin Plawecki is more than capable of spelling d’Arnaud when he needs a day off, but his .219 batting average and .280 OBP will have to improve if he wants to maximize his playing time, perhaps even as a backup first baseman as well.
As far as David Wright is concerned, it’s safe to say the days of him playing 150 plus games per year are done. With that being said, the Mets’ moves this offseason should allow him to take a day or two off whenever he feels necessary. After playing only 38 games last season, if Terry can manage his workload, splitting time with Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera, Ruben Tejada and Neil Walker, 100 games from a healthy Wright would be a big plus for the Mets. The Mets should be inclined to give Wright more off days in the beginning of the season and into the dog days of summer to assure come the stretch run in September and playoffs in October and November that Wright is fresh and healthy.
This goes without saying, but the strength of the Mets is their pitching.
From their starters to closer Jeurys Familia, the Mets pitchers dominated every step of the way. Assuming the starters maintain their dominance, it will be imperative that Familia can remain one of, if not the best, closer in the NL. For teams with championship aspirations, having a shutdown closer is key.
With all of this said, for the Mets to get back to where they feel they should be, the entire team is going to have to play better come October. The offense cannot rely on a Babe Ruth postseason from one of their players like what happened last postseason with Daniel Murphy.
If healthy, the Mets offense should be more than enough to consider the Mets one of the favorites to not only make the World Series this season but to finish the job and win it all.