A Pain-Free David Wright Believes Mets Will Make Playoffs this Season

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A Pain-Free David Wright Believes Mets Will Make Playoffs this Season
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David Wright takes a hack in Spring Training Game last year.

New York Mets third baseman David Wright expects the Mets to be playing postseason baseball in 2015, he told sports reporter Kevin Kernan (NY Post, Jan. 14).

Part of the reason, he said, is the left shoulder ligament, which caused him to struggle all last year, is pain-free. That will, hopefully, allow him to return to his former self as a hitter.

And the Mets will need the 31-year-old to perform as such if they want to reach October baseball since they don’t seem likely to add any real offense going forward.

The Virginia native is currently hitting of a tee and soft tossing, drills he would be normally conducting this time of year.

David Wright, Jon Niese and Jerry Del Priore

David Wright, sports writer Jerry Del Prore (m) and Jonathon Niese at a 9/11 event in 2013.

“For me, personally, last year sucked,” said Wright, who shut his season down in September because of the pain in said shoulder. “I want to make sure that never happens again. If I do what I’m capable of doing, we’re a different lineup.”

More importantly, though, according to Wright, is New York’s crop of young arms.

“I fully expect us to be in the playoffs,’’ Wright told Kernan. “It’s not coming out here and boasting, but I think – where we stand right now – we’re a much better team than we were last year and in years past. You win with young, dominant pitching and we have quite a bit of that. And, offensively, we are going to be better than we have been.”

To the end, the Mets acquired Michael Cuddyer via free agency during the off-season. Cuddyer, who signed a two-year deal with the team, is a career .279 hitter with some pop.

Last season, in which he was limited 205 at-bats because of injury, he batted .332 with 10 homers and 31 RBI. When healthy, Cuddyer can produce. In 2013 he slugged 20 dingers and 80 RBI to go along with a .331 average in 504 plate appearances.

I feel the Mets will win 85 games as it stands. We’ll see if that’s good enough to make the playoffs when all is said and done.

About the author

Jerry Del Priore is a veteran freelance sports writer from Brooklyn, New York, who covers a variety of professional, college and high school sports for a number of print and digital publications. In addition, Del Priore is the author of Running Through Roadblocks: Inspirational Stories of Twenty Courageous Athletic Warriors, available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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