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Mets History Rewritten: What if David Wright stayed healthy?

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on October 30, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on October 30, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 06: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets looks on before his at bayt against the Cincinnati Reds during their game on April 6, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Missing Path of David Wright

Through 2013 which was Wright’s last true healthy season he had a career stat line of .301/.382/.506/.888 with 222 home runs which were second in franchise history, only 22 behind Darryl Strawberry.

If he had kept his pace it is conceivable that he would have finished his career of at least 14 years as a .300 hitter and between 300 and 350 home runs if not more and over 1300 RBIs. Without a doubt a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

If Wright had stayed healthy, he beyond a shadow of a doubt would have become the all-time franchise leader in home runs probably hitting well over 300 home runs.

The what-ifs do not end there. In 2014 Wright had a healthy season playing over 130 games but he had virtually no power hitting only eight home runs and slugging a career-worst .374. The Mets finished 17 games behind the Washington Nationals that year tied for second place with the Atlanta Braves.

Could the Mets have made some more noise in 2014 had Wright produced more power? What if Wright had followed his home run average and had been chasing Straw for the home run title? Could the team have gone on a run to the playoffs? Will never know the answer.

The bigger question is what would the 2015 season look like in this case?

The Mets started 2-3 in 2015 before going on an eleven game winning streak to start off that season. Three games into that winning streak, however, Wright slid into second base trying to steal a base and that was the beginning of the end.

Wright came out of the game and was diagnosed with a hamstring injury. This eventually led to his diagnosis of spinal stenosis.

What if in a parallel universe Wright never stole that base? He played that whole game and the Mets went on to being one of the dominant teams of that year bypassing the horrid mid-summer they endured that year.

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