David Wright was a guest on WFAN this morning, and Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com captured this quote from Wright,
“I think there needs to be changes. There needs to be a new look, some new life. If that involves the coaching staff, that’s up to Mr. Wilpon and the Front Office. I think the players are as much to blame as any one else. I think there needs to be some sort of change to give it a new look and new life… I think starting pitching wins Championships. You look at teams in our division, the Braves – one through five – are built for that 162–game schedule. The Phillies have three number ones at the top of that rotation… It all starts with starting pitching… You go out there, from Day 1 of Spring Training, you drill in to our heads that we’re gonna have a different attitude, a winning attitude, and that we expect to go out there and win every night, and I think it starts there.”
It’s not surprising to see Wright come out and say things like this, but seriously, is it that much different than what he said at the end of the 2009 season? Or 2008 and 2007?
Still, it was good to see Wright draw a comparison to both the Braves and Phillies starting rotations and emphasizing the importance of pitching and how it translates to winning.
Of course, astute Mets fans know that the Mets rank 5th in the league in ERA this season. He completely minimized the fact that the Mets biggest problem this season was scoring runs, hitting with runners in scoring position, and power. The Mets rank at the bottom in all three categories. Add to that consistency and turning it up a notch, especially when playing upper echelon teams.
On that note, one of our readers Vinny B. writes the following,
Here some interesting splits on David Wright. Against ATL, PHI and NYY probably the biggest games of the year. Wright is hitting .169. And against the worst teams in the league like PIT,WAS BAL,ARI and CLE he is hitting .341.
Wright can say all the things he wants, but actions always speak louder than words. I love Wright and I believe he makes us a better team and is without a doubt the best player on the team. But for all the incessant talk that he should be named captain or is a leader, I don’t buy it. What exactly has he led?