How Will David Wright’s Return to the Mets Affects MLB Odds?
There was a time when David Wright seemed like he was going to be the best player the New York Mets’ system had ever produced according to MLB betting fans. There were comparisons to the great Darryl Strawberry, with the exception of Strawberry’s lost potential. When Wright was just 23, the Mets advanced all the way to the National League Championship Series, pushing the St. Louis Cardinals to Game 7. Wright batted .311 that year, with 116 runs batted in and 26 home runs. He was in a stretch where he would hit .300 or better and knock in at least 100 runs for four consecutive years.
A Closer Look at How Will David Wright’s Return to the Mets Affects MLB Odds
In that NLCS, Pedro Martinez was injured, and Tom Glavine let Game 5 slip through his hands. Carlos Beltran took a called third strike to end Game 7, the series and the season. Wright did hit a home run in that series – his only postseason dinger – but he didn’t hit much else that series.
Even so, at the time, people thought that things were just getting started for the Mets – as Wright and young Jose Reyes seemed like the core for a strong future. However, the Mets would then go into a tailspin of sorts. In 2007, they had a seven-game lead with 17 games to go and ended up falling out of the playoffs. The next season, they were 3 ½ games up with 17 to go – and they missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. Wright’s body has experienced a number of injuries, most notably the back trouble that likely has to do with spinal stenosis.
In some ways, David Wright is reminiscent of Don Mattingly. Both of them had only one trip to the postseason. Both of them struggled with back pain that kept them from reaching his potential. Now that Wright has returned to the Mets, though, he has a chance to reverse that story. His first game back featured an upper-deck blast in Philadelphia. He came back to Citi Field as the Mets took on the Boston Red Sox, and he received an ovation for the ages.
At the postgame press conference, he said, “Unbelievable. You kind of dream and you think and play it out in your mind, stepping into the batter’s box for the first time. This surpassed everything. I can’t thank the fans enough for that support, that ovation. It kind of got me off my game a little bit. I had to step out and focus on the task at hand because I was overwhelmed by the support.”
Even though it’s just a small sample so far, Wright and his big swing are back. The Mets are in first again, and this means that these days at Citi Field are loud ones – not just but for the long-suffering fans, who have waited for the Mets to contend once again. If you’ve watched other redemption stories, then you know the chance that Wright has – that the Mets have. Even though his back could go out again, for now Wright is back in his element – and the Mets are steaming toward the postseason.