200 Miles From the Citi

June 17, 2010 6:53 AM

Credit Due


The Mets have another road series win under their belts after taking the first two of three in Cleveland.

They could add a second straight sweep before taking on the Yankees at Yankee Stadium this weekend.

There are a number of factors that could be singled out as reasons for the Mets' current hot streak - starting pitching and weak opposition among them.

But perhaps chief among those reasons is someone who took much of the blame for their early-season struggles: David Wright.

It was easy to dump on Wright, easily the most visible member of the Mets, when his early-season struggles so mirrored the struggles of the Mets.

I did it too.  (Ah, who am I kidding - even when I criticize Wright I end up supporting him.)

But now let's celebrate the fact that he has spurred a turnaround that has the Mets a half-game out of first place in mid-June.

He no longer leads the league in strikeouts (he's fourth, but quite a distance below the league leader, old hat Mark Reynolds) - instead, he now leads the league in RBI.  (I forgot to mention that in the last game summary - he took the league lead on the 2-run infield single Tuesday night).  Wright padded the RBI lead with two more on a double in Wednesday night's win.

(While we're on the subject here, Wright now has 17 doubles on the season.  After a very slow start in that department this season, he's up to 238 on his career.  That's 554 away from the all-time lead.  All I'm looking for there is 40 for the season.  But I digress.)

Wright's batting average is up to .291.  He has a .380 on-base percentage, and a .526 slugging percentage.  On Tuesday night he hit his 12th homer, and we've talked about the 52 RBI.  He also has 11 stolen bases.  And, just for well-roundedness, it was Wright who started a 5-4-3 double play to end the 8th inning and put down a final Cleveland rally.

It's helping him that other players in the lineup are hitting - everything isn't falling squarely on Wright's shoulders.  He doesn't necessarily respond well to situations where he doesn't get a lot of help.

But it's no coincidence that the Mets are 10-2 in June.  And David Wright is hitting .426 in June, with 16 RBI in those 12 games.

Recognizing that there are other players around the league who are probably doing as much for their teams, allow me to be the first to say: David Wright for MVP.

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