Calm Down, Wright Has Slumped In April Before

An article by posted on April 27, 2009

I’m finding some interesting reads this morning from some who are concerned about David Wright’s lack of production this month.

Newsday narrows it down for us…

After hitting .342 (13-for-38) in his first 10 games, Wright is hitting .188 (6-for-32) in his last eight to drop his average to .271. He has only six RBIs, three of which came on his only homer.

Wright is also on a pace for smashing his career high in strikeouts. He has struck out 23 times in 70 at-bats. That’s almost a third of his at-bats. here is what Wright said about his recent troubles at the plate.

“It’s tough to hit to begin with. When you’re not clicking mechanically, it makes it that much harder. We’ll get back tomorrow and take some extra swings. Try to see how I feel and make some adjustments.”

I know many of you are deeply concerned, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep over this. It’s not the first time we’ve seen David in this kind of April slump.

In 2007, Wright batted .244 in 90 at-bats and only drove in 6 runs while hitting ZERO homeruns.

When May of 2007 was over and done with, he batted .294, swatted 8 homeruns, stole 7 bases, and had 22 RBI’s for the month.

Just as he did in 2007, Wright will bounce back again and post even better numbers than he did in ’07. Good young hitters like Wright, don’t simply lose it in a matter of weeks and fall off the map of the world. It’s a prolonged slump yes, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.

The first step to bouncing back is identifying the problem and making adjustments, and Wright seems to be right on top of it.

“I’m not seeing it all that well right now,” Wright said. “I’m fouling off pitches I should be putting in play. It’s forcing me to get into situations I don’t want to get into, seeing pitches I don’t want to see. I need to do a better job of recognizing pitches early in the count and putting them into play.”

There are a few things that concern me about the New York Mets right now. However, David Wright certainly isn’t one of them.

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