Mets Season Preview: Who’s the most integral Met?

By Danny Abriano
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Aug 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) rects after striking out in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Shawn Jindal, Staff Writer:

David Wright is the best player on this team. Even at age 32, he is most integral to the Mets’ success. I’d like to say that David has come to camp with a renewed sense of determination and enthusiasm. But this is David Wright. Does he ever not come to camp early and in tremendous shape? While Mets fans have come to expect David’s exemplary work ethic, he may have outdone himself this time, training with Mike Barwis in Port St. Lonely throughout the winter (true superstar behavior…others should take note). He asserts that his 2014 shoulder issue is behind him, and he certainly seems primed for a big season. But that should all be taken with a grain of salt.

Projections of David Wright’s 2015 production fluctuate immensely. Many critics choose to focus on David’s injury-plagued 2014 campaign, his age and his seemingly diminished power. Others, however, look more at his MVP-caliber 2012 and 2013 seasons, in which David posted an absurd .892 OPS and combined 148 wRC+ along with fantastic defense. It’s safe to expect David’s 2015 contributions to fall somewhere between this polar spectrum.

Much of the Mets’ success hinges on David returning to form. I personally expect to see production much closer to 2013 than 2014. Wright will benefit from the strongest lineup he has been a part of in seven years, and he will benefit from more fair Citi Field dimensions. And sure, maybe the Barwis stuff will help a bit too. I expect a 5-win season from David. He’ll reclaim his rightful place amongst the best all-around players in the game.

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