There was speculation Wright might lobby manager Terry Collins to keep him in the lineup. Despite being on a tear lately, Wright knew he needed a night off and being the DH in Chicago wouldn’t have accomplished the same thing.
Over the past 19 games Wright has hit a blistering .383 with five homers and 11 RBI, and has played a sparkling third base. Oh, by the way, he also surged ahead of San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval to take the lead in the All-Star balloting.
“DH is playing, isn’t it?’’ Wright asked reporters. “It’s good, especially with the rainouts for us and doubleheaders and stuff. As much as you’d like to play, you understand that these are good for you, especially when your goal is to play 155, 160, 156 games.
“These are the types of days, when the manager says he wants to give you a day, that sometimes it’s best just to oblige and take it, because you obviously play better when you are rested. Especially with the way I want to play, it’s much better when I’m a little more rested.’’
Of course, Wright and Collins had to be tempted considering his lifetime numbers at Coors Field, where he’s a career .392 hitter with 10 homers and 38 RBI in 120 at-bats.
Here’s tonight’s lineup:
Eric Young, LF: Returns home. Hitting .414 with six RBI in seven games with Mets.
Daniel Murphy, 2B: Struggling on the trip with .200 average.
Marlon Byrd, RF: Tied for second on Mets with 36 RBI.
Josh Satin, 1B: Hitting .313 on the road trip. Had nine homers with Vegas.
Zach Lutz, 3B: Had his first major league hit last April at Colorado.
Jeremy Hefner, RHP: Has pitched a quality start in five of last six starts.