A strikeout machine for much of this season, David Wright enters tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres on a big-time tear, with 13 hits in his last 25 at-bats – most of them scalded.
During that span Wright only struck out four times, three of them last Wednesday at San Diego. He did not strike out during the Florida series.
Wright said he was all over the place earlier this season, but has become more selective over the past week not chasing the sliders away. He’s also been quicker with the bat and getting to the inside fastball.
Minnesota-based company Inside Edge tracks every pitch thrown and told ESPN that Wright over the past week has only chased two of 31 fastballs outside the strike zone and only one of 13 sliders.
Wright is currently on pace to hit 29 homers with 112 RBI, but also 198 strikeouts (down from 212 over a week ago. He said he’s all right with his number, but laments not being consistent.
“I’d like to be hot for a couple of weeks, instead of hot one series and cold the next,’’ Wright said.
MAINE EVENT: John Maine threw batting practice this afternoon. Manager Jerry Manuel said Maine looked better than he did in his five-pitch outing at Washington, but would not say if he would immediately re-enter the rotation.
In 2007, there was some talk at the end of the season of Maine pitching out of the bullpen and that could be revived.
“Those are things we will be discussing,’’ Manuel said.
METS NOTEBOOK: Elmer Dessens and Pedro Feliciano are the eighth-inning set-up relievers, but lately Manuel is content with working Feliciano against lefthanders. … Jesus Feliciano will assume Gary Matthews old role, but hopefully without the strikeouts. … Reportedly, Major League Baseball has cleared the Mets of any wrong doing in the Oliver Perez move to the disabled list.