After the first two games of the World Series, David Wright was hitting .182. He looked overmatched by the power fastballs of the Kansas City Royals. In the field, he looked stiff, and made the crucial error in the fourteenth inning of Game 1 that led to the winning run. There were calls for New York Mets manager Terry Collins to move Wright, obviously hampered by the effects of spinal stenosis, down in the lineup, or even out of it altogether.
That would have been a bad move.
Last night, in Game 3 of the World Series, Wright became the first member of the Mets to drive in at least four runs in a World Series game since Rusty Staub all the way back in 1973. Quite some time has passed since a Met batter had such a productive offensive night on baseball’s biggest stage.
Down a run after the Royals jumped out to a first inning lead, Wright delivered a two-run blast in the bottom of the frame. It was a big-time hit from the player handed the captain’s ‘C.’ The Mets could not afford to stay down long in this game against Yordano Ventura, who pitches with more swagger and confidence after getting through a few easy innings. The Mets needed to come out and jump on the combustible young right-hander, and Wright made sure it happened.
The third and fourth RBIs of the night for Wright were not as crucial, but they did put the Mets up 8-3. A 6-3 lead is not necessarily a sure thing against the relentless Kansas City lineup, but an 8-3 lead is all but a foregone conclusion. That single to center was still came in a very pivotal moment late in a tight ballgame.
David Wright may be dealing with a lot. Cold November air is no friend to injured men, especially when dealing with a back injury. We may never know the full extent of the pain that Wright is playing through. He will deflect attention away from himself. That’s what the Captain is supposed to do. The Captain is also supposed to step up and get big hits in crucial situations no matter the circumstances. David Wright did that too last night. What does the rest of the World Series hold for the Mets? I don’t know, but you can bet the Captain will find a way to pull himself off the deck and deliver once more.