The big question remains: Does Wright want to be a one-team man like Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter, or does he eventually want to test the free-agent waters like most elite players of the modern era?
Third place? Fourth place? Look, any place that isn’t first place or a place that means a playoff spot should really be immaterial to anyone who plays for, roots for, or follows a team.
The Mets want to shut down Harvey after 165, 170, 175 innings? Sure. Why not. A few days ago, I probably would have said otherwise. But I always reserve the right to change my mind.
No, they wouldn’t trade places with the Mets. Not for all the money in the world. But the Yanks would sure like to put together a little winning streak as their crosstown counterparts just did. Like, starting Friday.
Early home runs from Mike Baxter and Scott Hairston weren’t enough support for starting pitcher Jon Niese as the Mets dropped the series finale against the Phillies and had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Don’t look now, but the Mets are tied with the Phillies for third place. That means they’re right on target for that much-debated end-of-season goal, right? Wrong, according to manager Terry Collins.
Even if neither New York team reaches its goals, their fans can rejoice in the fates of their foes: archrivals Boston and Philadelphia, who are a combined 30 games out of first place.
It may not be what Mets fans want to hear, but Collins has his sights set on finishing in third place in the National League East ahead of the Phillies and Marlins.
Sure, Mets fans may be fretting over the rapid decline of their favorite team. But it doesn’t seem like manager Terry Collins will have to worry about his job status as New York plays through the stretch.
Though I know many fans have given up on this team, there are many who still watch the games; so many who still care. The players should care about them if not about themselves.
We’ve seen it before. For many MLB stars, cash talks. But not for Wright.
With its fences brought in, Citi Field was supposed to be an advantage for the Mets this season. And it was — for awhile. But now it seems New York can’t buy a win in Flushing.
The Mets return home to Citi Field this week to host their NL East rivals, the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves.
“I don’t think we’re playing as poorly as the record indicates,” David Wright said, “but this is when we need to get things turned around and moving in the direction we need it to.”
David Wright pulled the Mets from the depths of despair by snapping their losing streak and has been the Mets’ go-to guy all year.