April 27.10: Wright continues to struggle.

David Wright said this is a slump, that nothing is wrong with him and he’ll snap out of it.

“We’re 10-9,’’ Wright told reporters. “We’re winning right now. There’s no reason to panic. … I’m seeing the ball pretty well. I’m taking some good swings. But, you could do everything right and not get the results you wanted. I feel comfortable at the plate. I’ll see some results.’’

Then again, Wright said the same thing last year about his power drought. However, a difference between last year and this is he hit .300 last year and currently is batting .222.

Wright also struck out a lot, which he’s doing again this spring. He takes a stretch of striking out in 12 straight games into today’s doubleheader against the Dodgers. He has 24 strikeouts in 19 games.

Wright said he feels comfortable, but just isn’t getting the results he wants.

“There’s no to hit the panic button this early,’’ Wright said. “This isn’t the first time I’ve struggled in my career.’’

For now, Jerry Manuel has no plans to sit Wright and will let him work himself out of it. Then again, that could change in the second game of the doubleheader against knuckleballer Charlie Haeger.

NOTEBOOK: Manuel plans to keep Jose Reyes in the third spot in the order. … Gary Matthews was in the line-up last night and is expected to play in one of the games today. … The anticipated rotation for Philadelphia is Jon Niese, Mike Pelfrey and Johan Santana.

25 thoughts on “April 27.10: Wright continues to struggle.

  1. More than Wright’s struggles, don’t let the recent starting pitchers’ good numbers fool you. The Mets’ bullpen currently leads the National League in innings pitched. So while Mike Pelfrey has had a tremendous month and Johan has pretty much been Johan, the bullpen is once again — even at this early stage –overworked. Three of the five starters — John Maine, Jonathan Niese and Oliver Perez — haven’t been pulling their weight at eating innings. A doubleheader today, with the prospect of more bullpen work, is not a good thing. Despite the above .500 record now, bullpen overwork is soon going to catch up with this team.

  2. r u saying they should have improved the rotation rather than import one reliever to improved the team?

  3. Hey, Dave. I said it last off-season and I’ll say it again: The Mets’ biggest off-season need was to improve the starting rotation and they did nothing to address that. One reliever isn’t going to alleviate the overall stress on the bullpen. This has been the trend the last two seasons: John Maine has logged at least six innings in only eight of his last 28 career starts; Oliver Perez, in the same span has gone at least six innings in 13 of his last 28 career starts; Niese has logged six or more five times in his 13 career starts. So well more than half the time any of these guys makes a start, the higher the likelihood that the bullpen has to pick up four innings of work. Just do the math. With three-fifths of the rotation too often being “five-and-out” guys, it taxes the bullpen, allowing it fewer days of rest, piling on more wear and tear and fatigue on its arms, leading to poor performances and losses.

  4. Gil (3): I couldn’t agree with you more. Pelfrey and Santana are the only ones giving the Mets quality innings. The Mets’ pen is right at the top in innings thrown, which is a key statistic. The Mets are on a good run, but the short outings will catch up to them.-JD

  5. 3/4

    Gil

    I couldn’t agree with you more.

    I have likened our rotation to a collection of long relief pitchers masquerading as starters.

    Few here agree with that statement.

  6. I beg to differ. I too agreed with you uys .. I complained with how the relievers were used. we had no starters and that we should just go with the round robin approach. No starters and no relievers just pitchers. pick who you like and let him have at it when he gets tired bring a new guy in.. thats how its looked to me these last 3/4 years.
    As for david write etc. great glove something happened to his swing or confidence. I think a lot has to do with M&M. but who knows.
    I just want to see some consistent management.

    as for reyes , i am convinced he is in the 3 spot because he cant really run anymore. or he’s still rehabbing and he came back too early.

  7. addedum: it’s doubleheader tonight. I bet , even money, manuel uses every reliever twice. just to make up for the last 2 days. because lets face it they are all rested.

  8. Fact #1: The Mets’ bullpen has thrown 71 innings, which puts them _third_ in the NL, behind Pittsburgh and Washington.

    Fact #2: The total of 71 innings mentioned above reflects 14 innings of relief thrown in _one_ game against the Cards.

    Fact #3: The NL average is 61 innings of relief. See #2 above.

    Fact #4: The Mets’ starting rotation has thrown 105 innings, which places them 13th in the league.

    Fact #5: The Mets’ starting rotation has posted an ERA of 3.51, which places them 5th in the league.

    Fact #6: During their division-winning 2006 season, the Mets’ bullpen threw 37% of the team’s innings.

    Fact #7: During their horrific 2009 season, the Mets’ bullpen threw 35% of the team’s innings.

    Fact #8: If you subtract 10 innings from the 2010 bullpen (making an accommodation for the fluke 20-inning game which is distorting the current numbers), this year’s pen would be throwing 36% of the team’s innings.

  9. 3/4

    exhibit A is Tiffany(8)

    we will have this debate all year. At the end of the season when the bullpen blows every game, let us think back to our debates at this time of year.

  10. Tiffany: For a gal you are one stats expert ;-)
    If ask me thats way too much.
    that means they are averaging 5th inning on… its the pitch count, the horrid pitching and the M&M duo.

  11. 8. Why provide facts when the only goal is to hate on Manuel no matter what. Francesa made a very strong case about managers yesterday. They have very little impact on the day to day results. Itse there long term handling of the players that bear eventual results or lack of them. Note how the Mets won 6 of 7 from Cox and Pinella who are supposed to be so much more brilliant than Manuel. Or maybe Cox has suddenly become a special needs manger. I have issues with Manuel but to spew manure that he’ll use all his relievers twice tonight just shows a totally hateful entity or one whose baseball IQ is in the lower part of double digits.
    PS: I saw your comments on Wright from a few days ago and thought they were a bulls eye.

  12. I am sure if we go back in time the number of pitchers that needed relief was far less. and even then they were left in until at least 7 ;-)

  13. (10) Would I love for our starters to be throwing 7 or 8 innings a pop? Sure. But the reality of the today’s game is that complete games are a thing of the past and bullpens are becoming more important.

    In 2009, only 18 NL starters threw 200 or more innings — and only one of these averaged 7 innings or more (Tim Lincecum).

    My one complaint about Jerry in regard to the pen is how he burns through pitchers, often using three to get three outs in a particular inning. He’s either being needlessly fancy or he has little regard for his relievers.

  14. lets see Willie randolph was let go after 1 season practically. and manuel with worse results has beeen allowed to fester for 3 years now?
    I think someone needs to take his shoes off to count in order to tell how long of a time a manager is given before you see they arent doing anything.

  15. 14. and there my dear we completely agree. this has been the point by myself you and dave and a few others.

  16. (16) That mantra seems to be about the starting pitching not working enough innings and, in turn, burning out the bullpen. _My_ position is that the relievers are being yanked after only a batter or two, rather than pitching an inning or two. I’m not saying the starters aren’t pitching long enough — I’m saying the individual relievers aren’t pitching long enough.

  17. Correct. you need a long relief. and to use a long relief for 1 batter is a waste.
    back before the pitch count you had a setup man and a closer. The relievers were generally for the # 4 and 5 starters. Pitchers were generally only taken out due to strategy in the game and batting. Unless Tom Terrific was on the mound :-)
    My biggest thing is they reduced it to a formula. Now i watch a game and everyone knows when the pitcher is coming out. 100 pitches? ok we dont have to worry about this guy striking us out anymore.
    Terrible.

  18. (18) I actually think that’s part of the strategy now: If, for example, you foul off enough pitches, you can pretty much assure yourself of getting into the other team’s bullpen sooner than later. And that’s what’s missing in the analysis of the Mets’ recent offensive production from the sixth inning on: They’re beating up on other teams’ relievers.

    But if you think pitch counts and mechanics — the two things preached by The Jacket — are myths, take a look at the injury profiles for pitchers with him and after him. Since the Mets adopted pitch counts, when was the last time a young pitcher of theirs blew out his arm? Phil Humber comes to mind, but his overwork most likely took place on the collegiate level.

  19. Part of the problem is in the minor leagues. they are being pampered and babied.
    when you dont work out you get soft. the pitchers are being conditions to throw less which is why they cant learn to throw more..
    This is where we are.. good discussions on both sides of the issue. in the end.. it’s where baseball is, some of us like it.. some of us dont..

  20. (20) Go look up Pulsipher and Izzy’s pitch counts when they were 21 and 22 and pitching for Dallas Green.

  21. yep i decided to be more open and read on it. per tiffany.. :-) so i started hunting.. check the perez discussion i found an nbc reporter discussing it.
    so it seems that the pitch type and the pitcher is the way to go. now to me thats science.

  22. (22) That’s your _data_ — a guy who has a blog on fast-pitch softball? I’m confused: Are you trying to be humorous or just sticking your fingers farther into your ears?

    Here’s something I found (but not at the fast-pitch softball blog):

    In his last 9 starts at age 22, Mark Prior’s pitch counts were 131, 129, 109, 124, 131, 133, 132, 115, 119, respectively. In the last decade, eight pitchers have thrown more than 109 pitches in 9 consecutive starts — and half of them needed reconstructive arm surgery.

    But I really don’t like the numbers. I like the fast-pitch softball blogger myself. He knows best.