In the last few days, several Mets blogs have posted their take on what is happening with David Wright at the plate. Wright, who started the season with a bang and cracked a home run in the season opener at CitiField, has seen his average dip below .230 and has struck out in more than a third of his at-bats this season.
I noticed early in the season that Wright was standing further out of the batters box than he normally did in the past, which is a recipe for disaster once pitchers catch on. Well, pitchers caught on and Wright’s strikeout numbers increased significantly when pitchers began throwing pitchers on the outside corner of the plate. Wright’s swing couldn’t even reach the outside end of the plate, which meant that there were strikes that he couldn’t even reach.
Everyone has discussed the difference in his stance, but the location of his stance is a more important issue because he hasn’t even been able to make contact. With a different stance, at least he can throw the bat out over the plate and increase his chances of making contact. If he is standing too far away, then he has a difficult time even reaching the ball.
This was an issue with former Mets catcher Ramon Castro, who would strike out time and time again because he would stand so far away that his bat wouldn’t be able to reach the outside of the plate. Pitchers would simply toss a fastball down the outside corner of the plate, and it would be an automatic strikeout.
I’m surprised that Howard Johnson hasn’t really picked up on this. Granted, it is difficult to see where Wright stands when Johnson is in the dugout, but I know these guys review at-bats on video. This would mean that Johnson would have no difficulty finding some game film from a camera view behind the pitcher, as seen on television.