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David Wright in Mets Historical Context

Posted By Howard Megdal On August 3, 2012 @ 11:52 am In Today's Mets headlines | Comments Disabled

Look, I don’t think I’m breaking news here by telling you that David Wright is having a spectacular season.

But there’s a pretty good case to be made right now that he’s having the greatest season of any position player in Mets history.

Wright, through 106 games, has played in 102. His OPS+ is 170.

Do you know which Mets hitter has posted an OPS+ better than that?

No one.

Howard Johnson is closest, with a 169 in 1989. Darryl Strawberry put up a 165 in his should-have-been-MVP season in 1988. John Olerud’s .354 batting average in 1998 produced a 163. Mike Piazza’s best season, 2000, matches up with Bernard Gilkey’s 1996, both checking in at 155.

So Wright, as of now, is ahead of all of them, and every other Met, ever.

Add in his plus defense, and Wright already has the 18th-best season, per wins above replacement, in Mets history, with 5.7. That’s in 2/3 of a season. If he keeps playing this well, he has a good chance to pass the Mets all-time record holder for WAR in a season, with 8.0.

That would be David Wright, 2007.

Not a bad season. Not a bad career.

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