David Wright in 2008
If you haven’t pieced together the consistency I’m referring to, let me break it down.
In every season from 2005-2008, Wright hit at least 26 home runs, drove in 100+, had 40+ doubles, a .300+ batting average, and anywhere between 113-118 strikeouts. Other numbers pop up as consistent, too. These stand out the most.
Once again, Wright delivered for the 2008 Mets filling each of those quotas. He set two new highs, though. Each represents a great boost in his power.
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The 2008 campaign included 33 home runs off of Wright’s bat and 124 RBI. For the third time in his career, he finished with 42 doubles.
Perhaps overlooked in this MVP-caliber season, Wright led the league with 11 sacrifice flies. It was the first time in his career he ever led the league in a major offensive category. He would do so again in 2010 in this very same statistic.
For the third time in as many years, Wright also ended the year as a top-ten finisher in the MVP vote. This time around he took home the seventh spot.
Wright would go on to have more productive years with the Mets. However, this 2008 campaign represented the end of a terrific streak in which he put up numbers we haven’t seen out of a position player in this franchise since.
There’s plenty to love about Wright. Those who enjoy dipping their nose into numbers will surely find plenty.
It amazes me that Wright never finished a year as the leader in any major offensive category other than sacrifice flies. At some point, I would have guessed the Captain would out-double his National League foes.
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This doesn’t take away from anything he did accomplish. The man is an all-time Mets player whose best years may go unmatched for a very long time.