Mets Season Preview: Who’s the most integral Met?
Mar 23, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) awaits a pitch against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Lecolant, Staff Writer:
I believe David Wright is the player most integral to the success of the team in 2015. No disrespect to our resident Hall of Fame mascot, but David Wright is in effect Mr. Met. He is the franchise player and team Captain.
Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer were not brought here to lead. That is David Wright’s responsibility. He is the lone remaining Mets player to have participated in the 2006 National League championship series, and must now be the one to lead a new cast of younger inexperienced players back into post-season contention.
David Wright is still within his prime athletic years. Granderson, Cuddyer, and Lucas Duda, will ideally provide Wright with sufficient line-up protection. It is therefore incumbent upon Wright to put a series of injuries and compromised seasons behind him, and spearhead the Mets offense.
Seemingly healthy and posting fine Grapefruit League numbers, asking him to produce near his career averages is more than reasonable. As an everyday player, a near vintage David Wright season can propel the Mets over .500, and perhaps farther than they’ve been since they played at Shea Stadium.
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