If you’re Terry Collins, it’s been very tough to sit David Wright this season; in fact, the third baseman has only missed four games so far in 2012, and three were because of his fractured left pinkie, and the other one was in Toronto because of flu-like symptoms. The Mets will be finishing their toughest stretch of games this year on Wednesday (20 games in 20 days) and Collins will ask his star third baseman if he would like to take today off against the Padres, because he’s planning on playing him against the Phillies at the top of the week.
Collins admitted that it’s tough to sit Wright in front of the home crowd, but if he needs a break, Wright needs to listen to his body. Why is today the most logical day for David to take a seat and not against the Phillies? Well, Cole Hamels and Cliff Leeare starting
the first two games of their upcoming series, and with those lefties on the mound, Collins has already said that he will be in the lineup unless something catastrophic happens.
Thankfully, the Mets manager knows he can count on his third baseman being honest with him when the conversation comes up about an off-day. Collins draws a comparison of Wright to Jeff Bagwell, whom he used to manage during his days in Houston. Bagwell had broken his hand one year and missed significant time due to the injury. Collins approached his then-1st baseman and told him he was going to let him rest, but he responded with “I missed six weeks last summer…I’m going to play.”
With Wright coming off a back injury last year that limited him to his least amount of games played in his professional career (102 games), Collins feels as if he’s in the same state of mind. He got plenty of time to rest last year and wants to make the most of this year. Terry has been very good at giving his starters days off when they need it most; he’s given Daniel Murphy some time to hit the reset button as he’s been struggling a bit since his torrid start to the season, we’ve seen all the work he’s been doing with Ike Davis, and he just gave Andres Torres two consecutive days off that he needed while him and Dave Hudgens were working on some aspects of his swing to help him break out of his slump. After easing him back into the bottom of the lineup, he led off yesterday and was able to contribute to the bottom line.
Even though David Wright’s performance thus far in 2012 makes it next to impossible to sit him on any given day, today would be the perfect time to do; he’s coming off two straight hitless games and he needs to recharge the battery before the Phillies come into town. I mean, we don’t want to use up all these hits in the first half, afterall. Key off-days now will be beneficial for Wright and the Mets in the second half as they try to continue to prove everyone wrong with their success.