The other day, I was at a bar and chatting with a fellow Mets fan. He spent almost the entire time whining about David Wright. One thing I've learned is that you do not discuss two things while drunk: politics or sports. For whatever reason, there's been a lot of Wright bashing this season. People have been complaining about his lack of offensive production, his increased strikeouts, that he's "not clutch", and other various griefs.
Yes, last season we all know he had a huge power outage. Yes, his defense isn't as stellar as we once believed. But Wright is tied for the lead in the National League for WAR with Roy Halladay. He's the most valuable position player in the National League. Yet, this isn't good enough.
He has a crazy high BABIP at .409. Okay, I'll give you that. But his line is .317/.395/.545. It's his higest slugging % since 2007 and the second highest of his career. His updated ZiPS projections put him at .314/.396/.531.
His wOBA is off the charts at .409. His ISO? .228. Yet Mets fans still find a reason to complain about Wright. Fans need to make the distinction between "striking out too much" and "being unproductive" because even though Wright may be striking out at the highest rate of his career, his production levels are still astronomical. People make the same complaints about Adam Dunn but dare I say I'd rather have his .902 OPS in RF instead of Jeff "strikezone the size of a small planetoid" Francoeur.
It would be a huge mistake to run Wright out of town and Mets fans should be ashamed of themselves for trying to do it. Look at beautiful Philadelphia for some examples of that -- losing guys in the prime of their careers like Scott Rolen, Jim Thome, or Bobby Abreu (perhaps Jayson Werth next) and that's just off the top of my head.
So stop it. Remove RBIs from your feeble minds. Next time Wright goes 1-3 with a walk, two strikeouts, and a double, appeciate his value instead of being reactionary.
Andy's note: I apologize for the lack of updates recently. My laptop is in another state until Friday because I am an idiot. I have another fun anti-sportswriter article planned for this week so stay tuned. Thank you for your patience and most importantly, thank you for reading.