May 11.10: Wright’s woes and tonight’s line-up

David Wright was hitting .324 in 426 at-bats prior to his beaning last season and is batting .253 in 217 at-bats since. (Source: ESPN)

He’s also striking out a lot more times.

Wright is batting .277 on 31 hits in 112 at-bats with 42 strikeouts. If those numbers were reversed and he had 42 hits with 31 strikeouts, his average would be .375. Another way of saying it is he’s striking out 37 percent of the time.

In his first full four years, Wright struck out an average of 115 times a season. Last season, Wright struck out 140 times and he is on pace to strike out 188 times this year.

Last season, Wright exceeded his career average by 25 times. If he keeps his pace, he would exceed his pre-2009 career average by 73.

A strikeout is a wasted at bat.

That’s 73 less times he put the ball in play. In keeping with his career average, that would be 23 more hits. And, what about those other 50 at-bats? That’s 50 less chances of a productive at-bat, such as a sacrifice fly, chance to advance the runner into scoring position, chance for a walk, or chance to reach on an error.

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Ryota Igarashi is close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment on his left hamstring, said assistant general manager John Ricco.

Igarahsi is threw off the mound without discomfort Monday.

Igarashi had a 1.35 ERA in seven appearances prior to the injury and was moving into the eighth-inning set-up role.

Significantly, getting a healthy Igarashi back would reduce the work loads of Fernando Nieve and Pedro Feliciano.

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Tonight’s line-up

No changes, so it is safe to assume Jerry Manuel doesn’t believe the offense has hit rock bottom, yet.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Jose Reyes, SS
Jason Bay, LF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Rod Barajas, C
Jon Niese, LP

14 thoughts on “May 11.10: Wright’s woes and tonight’s line-up

  1. so u r saying when the lineup changes jerry will have admitted we are at rock bottom?

  2. (5) Hate to interpret the bitch-and-moan session, but there’s clearly more than one side to this. If Jerry juggles his lineup, as some luminaries here would suggest, then he’s not showing confidence in his players. To be sure, if the players are going through some type of mental funk, perhaps the last thing they need is to be publicly hung out by their manager. Indeed, haven’t some around here accused Jerry of doing this in the past?

    What’s more, there’s a big hole in this argument that position in the batting order is dictating performance. David Wright, for example, has started 16 games in the three-hole and 16 in the number-five hole — yet, he’s struck out the same number of times in each position. And, despite his recent power surge in the number-five spot, he’s also making considerably more outs from this position.

    Handling people — especially those making millions of dollars in a public spotlight with each and every aspect of performance measured to the nth degree — takes a lot more than being stubborn and admitting defeat. These oversimplifications are great fodder for bitch-and-moan sessions, but aren’t truly rooted in anything resembling reality.

  3. Tiffany (7): I’m not suggesting hitting third or fifth is the cause for Wright’s woes. What I said in a previous post is that moving to second temporarily might help him as it may shorten his swing as he’ll be asked to go the other way in attempting to hit behind the runner. He might also see some fastballs. Wright has benefitted from hitting second in the past and the thought here is he might again. Ideally, without Beltran, I think the best spot for Wright is third because he’s the best combination of power and average.-JD

  4. 7. Tiffany each spot in the lineup has an aspect to the game in position to the pitcher and also tradition. 4 spot is cleanup, why? because technically your 1,2 and 3 guy hits and everyone is on base.
    lets face it after the first inning its mostly moot. however there are times when it cycles back. there’s psychology to the position and how the batter acts or should act at the plate.
    Just like the pitchers. 1,2,3,4,5 in order or effectiveness.. traditionally. but there have been teams where 1,2 and even 3 spot pitchers were equal in effectiveness.
    lastly whats wrong with bitching and moaning especially when its warranted. in case you havent noticed manuel has over micro managed the team. 4 pitchers an inning. pinch hitters like you wouldnt believe.. and the quality of those hitters. but hey itss a free country and thats why we have this blog. to voice our opinions ;-)

  5. (10) Anyone can bitch and complain; however, it takes real discipline to actually dissect the problem and offer a workable solution. No one here has remotely proven that the batting order, in and of itself, is dictating performance — yet everyone is jumping on a bandwagon and bitching and moaning about the manager.

    Free country? Sure, but what you’re doing is closely aligned with cultism, if that’s what floats your boat.

  6. (12) When a group agrees on thoughts that aren’t based in reality, it’s, by definition, a cult.