Extra, extra: Another extra-inning game for New York Mets, but bad news for David Wright
By Lisa R. Neilson
New York Mets fans got to stay up late again last night as the boys in Flushing squeaked out an 11th inning win over the hot Kansas City Royals. The 4-2 victory was a result of Eric Young Jr.’s two-run homer with two outs, abruptly halting KC’s 9-game winning streak.
But the successful outcome was marred by David Wright’s exit in the 10th with a strained right hamstring. Although the official word on Wright’s injury hasn’t been given yet, most Mets fans are probably thinking what I am: this can’t be good.
Extra innings is what’s trending for the Metropolitans this season—last night marked the team’s 14th extra-inning game this year. That’s 44 additional innings of play, and it’s only the third day of August. While I’ve enjoyed seeing my boys out on the diamond more, the extra playing time must certainly be wearing on the everyday players as well as the bullpen, both mentally and physically. One wonders if it’s a contributing factor to Wright’s injury.
As Captain of the team and a true workhorse, Wright has always insisted on being a constant in this lineup. He’s been their only constant in offensive production, too, this year. He started last night’s game hitting .302 with 52 RBIs. His 2-run homer in the first was his 16th this season and the 220th of his career, tying him with Mike Piazza for second place on the Mets’ all-time list. The team went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position the rest of the evening.
Manager Terry Collins and a whole lot of Mets fans are left questioning who’s going to pick up the slack if Wright moves to the DL, which appears to be inevitable. A repeat of last year’s downward spiral post the All-Star break may be coming after all. Triple-A Las Vegas utility player Mike Baxter has been called up and will be activated if Wright is placed on the DL, and Josh Satin and Justin Turner will certainly be seeing more playing time. But can they add enough pop to the lineup that will help this team score some runs?
After last night’s win, the Mets are two games behind Washington in the loss column for second place. And despite being 14 ½ back from the first place Braves, it actually felt like we were making some progress. Now, it feels like we’ll be treading water again.
Like I’ve always said: anything can happen in this game. The injury to David Wright certainly hurt him and the Mets beyond last night. Only time will tell.
Extra, extra read this: extra-inning games may mean more bonus baseball for fans, but they may cost the players some much needed rest.