What’s your concern level with David Wright and Carlos Delgado not hitting for power? Are you worried about one more than another? Is this a phase?
Everyone has got to be more concerned with #5. Forget the track record argument, David isn’t even getting good swings with bad results in lately. He’s not hitting balls squarely but foul. Or far but just under them. He’s much further off than Delgado. Every time Delgado comes up, I can see him blasting a homer or a double and getting on. With David, I mean, that would be shocking right now. He’s got a ways to come back out of this really deep, deep funk.
I think Delgado is a slump. He had one last yr.
David I am worried about. He hasn’t been the same since the all star game.
Have the pitchers figured him out?
First of all, I think his being in a funk since the All Star Break is a bit overblown. However, I am worried more about Wright.
As someone alluded to above, he is just having terrible atbats and his swing looks horrible. Delgado looks like his timing is just off a bit.
I know it’s a totally different situation, but are we looking at a Ben Grieve situation with Wright. Grieve looked good overall but had holes in his swing like bad swiss cheese. I’m afraid this will not turn out well.
I think his stance and swing have both been mechanically unsound since the home run derby, and I think he’s finally lost his confidence as a result of his physical problems; I think the physical problems feed the mental issues, and vice-versa. It’s the anatomy of a deep, deep slump – one that may take months to break. It may not even be broken this year.
I always think back to the story of how he was struggling in the minor leagues, but only at home – it turns out he was taking too much batting practice before home games, which explained why his numbers were so much better on the road. Then you watch the SNY telecast last night and see David taking extra BP before the game… he’s obviously got a monster work ethic – he might even be overcompensating in the cage for the perception that he’s doing too much marketing stuff off the field – and it may be time for somebody to tell him to take it easy and relax.
Problem is, that doesn’t seem to be Willie’s style – his solution for slumps seems to be sending the slumping player back into the lineup day after day so that he can work through it.
My solution would be to sit the kid in the film room (or stick an ipod in his hand, whatever they do now) so he can see that when he was hitting (i.e., the first half of last year) he wasn’t doing all this extra movement with the bat when the pitch was coming, as he is now (resulting in a long, looping swing). I’d also tell him to relax, and I’d sit him once in a while.
So I don’t think Wright has been “ruined” – I can’t imagine that whatever made him the promising young player in 04, 05 and early 06 has disappeared, at least physically.
My concern would be that a poor season from him prevents the Mets from going where they want to go. I firmly believe that the Mets would have been in the playoffs in 2005 if it weren’t for a massively subpar year from Carlos Beltran; if Wright continues to be a non-entity in the middle of the lineup, these Mets could meet the same fate.
Just the opposite. David is hitting. Delgado isnt.
also David is getting on base with walks. just having bad luck with placement. they are both in a different slump. will they break out. well david isnt as bad as delgado. his Avg is what? just over 1? david’s is a little under 3.
Have you been watching the games, Steve C?
You’re going to tell me that David looks more comfortable up there than Delgado? Give me a break.
Wright is in the worst funk a Met has been in for years. This is not a “is he really a good ball player” or “is he ruined forever” kind of an issue. It’s a slump. Slumps are not eternal. It’s a concern because he’s currently a black hole in the middle of a lineup; a regular rally killer. But he’s going to get out of it at some point and his yearly numbers will be just fine.
I dunno Steve… watching where and how the ball goes off of David’s bat is EERILY reminiscent of watching a Piazza slump.
First of all. I can;t say enough how sick and tired I am of hearing that this “slump” dates back to last years ASB. That is total junk. Wright hit .305 after the ASB last year, including .360 in September. So PLEASE!!!!!!!!! stop saying its carry over from last year. It makes you seem as though this is the first time you’ve ever watched him play. Not to mention that the first 3 weeks of the season He hit over .300
That being said, the last 10-15 days have been BRUTAL. It’s like he woke up and forgot how to hit. His swing is all over the place, he looks like he’s naked at the plate – just embarrassed and uncomfortable… but he will come around, and there have been a couple at bats recently that have signaled that he is not as far away as people think. But you can tell he is guessing at the plate, and after two pitches the pitchers know what he is looking for and are making him look silly. He needs to be aggressive and stop thinking so much and looking so hard, and just let his body do what it knows how to do.
Delgado is closer, as others have said, but I would be more concerned if Delgado’s slump remained than if Wright’s did. Delgado is much more likely to be on the verge of a big drop off than Wright, all things considered.
The avg slump doesn’t date back to the ASB, the power slump does. Wright went into the break with 20 hrs and 74 rbis. He’s hit 6 hrs and driven in 48 since then. Granted he hit for about the same avg the 2nd half of last year, but that’s been it. I don’t know if it’s because of the HR Derby or it’s just a coincidence, but that seems to be where things started going wrong.
Look at Delgado’s track record. There’s no reason to think he’s not going to be around 30 and 100 come October. He’ll get it going. He had two miserable months last year and ended up with great numbers. And with Wright, well, who knows. Maybe they go out west and his bat gets hot in Arizona(which got the bats going in ‘05 and ‘06) or maybe this goes on another month. But i know one thing, Willie needs to sit David tomorrow afternoon so he has a couple days off and clears his head.
Delgado- not worried. Wright, on the other hand: Baseball Prospectus 2007 gave David Wright a favorable projection, something like .300/.390/.550, 29 HR. Whatever. But they did have this one guy as a “comparable,” who was hitting just like Wright until he turned 25, then he struggled mightily and was out of baseball within 2 years. I forget his name, and don’t have BP2007 with me. I don’t think this will happen to Wright, but anything’s possible.
I dont know if I am the only one that noticed, but it seems D Wright has chasnged his swing/approach. I wasnt worried about him until I noticed that. Instead of his usual weight transfer with his toe, he has changed to a full blown step/lunge. Am I the only on that noticed that? thoughts?
Omar said that last night on SNY with keith and gary.
and yes I HAVE BEEN WATCHING the games. and delgado looks more uncomfortable than david. david just looks frustrated.
Hi John –
Think back over the last couple of weeks. Although David had a poor start to the year, suddenly he had a concern about one of his younger brothers who not only attends Virginia Tech, but is an engineering major and had classes in the room where most of the students were killed.
Maybe his priorities changed just a bit then, I wouldn’t worry about him – he’s much too sharp a guy to let this go on too long.
As for Delgado – isn’t he a new father?
I recommend electro-shock therapy!
Moises Alou is grounding into Double Plays like it’s his job.
I am not to concerned about either one. We should have saw it coming. No need to worry about Delgado. His ST was cut short so he is a month behind so, I really think May will be his month to start hiting the ball. Last night I felt he just missed from hitting one out, plus the Marlins played the shift perfectly. Wright must be having something wrong with his head. He just looks like he needs to have fun and play hard. He is trying to much. Wright just signed a large money contract and I am sure he is trying to balance things out around him. I think this is where it is Willie’s job to get into Wrights head and figure out what is it going to take to get him back on track. I would consider moving him down in the line up and moving Green up. Maybe it will wake up the real D-Wright. Something has to!
They’ll turn it around. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” I think some great philosopher once said.
On another note – Victor Diaz batting cleanup tonight against the Yanks. I hope he gets a shot at being a DH somewhere because his defensive skills aren’t all that great. Then again, I wish there was no DH in baseball at all.
Sandy Alomar has to go sick of seeing guys get sent when they have NO BUSINESS going home.
The whole Alomar family should be banned from the club for life.
I forgot about that VT thing.
thanks for reminding me.
Perhaps Willie is doing the right thing. Put him in get him into his job and hopefully he will start to focus. time heals some things..
of course that doesnt solve the power slump, but it may explain his deer in the headlights thing.
they both bought themselves a couple more days after tonights stinking loss
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