The New York Mets are set up for an encouraging season. This could be the first time since 2006 that the Mets might play postseason baseball. A lot of things need to go right for them to attain a playoff spot, however. And it all starts with the Captain, David Wright.
Wright had probably the worst year of his career in 2014. He saw his average dip to .267 and had a career low .698 OPS. For most of the year, Wright was bothered by a left shoulder injury which caused him to miss some time. His 8 home runs were the worst since being called up to the Majors in 2004. Mets fans hope that Wright can regain his 2012 form where he hit .306 with 21 homers and 96 RBIs.
Wright is the key kog in the Mets’ lineup. He’s used to carrying the lineup by himself. He now has some help with the emergence of Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud along with the signing of hometown friend, Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer should add some much needed power to that lineup. A bounce-back year from Curtis Granderson and a strong year from Wilmer Flores, and the Mets should be primed to battle for a wild card spot. With one of the best starting rotations in the league, the Mets just need the offense to come alive.
Matt Harvey could also be key for the Mets. But the Mets did okay without Harvey and with an ailing Wright last year. So if anyone should don the title “Key for the Mets,” it should be Wright, the face of the franchise.
I truly believe Wright will have a bounce back year. Not because he’s the best player, and the captain, but his work ethic and his drive persuaded me. He consistently works at getting better and strengthening he part of the body where an injury has occurred.
The Mets need their captain to come back healthy and lead them to the postseason in 2015, which would only be the second time in his career.