The Mets got themselves hammered yesterday afternoon, losing 14-6 to the Braves. It was disturbing in that it was the second consecutive day in which a Mets starter was knocked around (Johan Santana on Tuesday, R.A. Dickey on Wednesday), but other than that — it's early season, it's no big deal, the Mets are still two games over .500, let's all just move on and enjoy Friday's homestand. Instead, we thought we'd look at David Wright and just how much of a part of Mets history he is already.
Wright has seemed perpetually young during his stay in Queens; he has always sort of represented the future even while standing at the center of the present. This could prove particularly frustrating, considering that future never seemed to arrive. But this is his ninth season as a Met, and it can take one aback a bit when you realize just how high he is on Mets all-time leaderboards. (Or it will just make you feel old.)
Wright had three RBIs yesterday, which tied him for first on the team's all-time RBI list, putting him even with Darryl Strawberry with 733. Which got us playing around in the land of all-time Mets' statistics to see where Wright ranks. Join us!
Here are Wright's all-time ranks in primary hitting categories:
BA: .302, second. (First place: John Olerud, .315.)
Home runs: 185, fourth. (First place: Darryl Strawberry, 252.)
RBIs: 733, tied for first.
Stolen bases: 151, sixth. (First place: José Reyes, 370.)
OPS: .890, third. (First place: Olerud, .926.)
Hits: 1,265, third. (First place: Ed Kranepool, 1418.)
Doubles: 282, first.
Runs: 704, second. (First place: Reyes, 735.)
Walks: 540, fourth. (First place: Strawberry, 580.)
Total bases: 2,136, first.
Extra base hits: 484, first.
The Mets might trade David Wright this July for prospects, or they might hang onto him and try to keep building around him. It's worth noting that if they keep him ... in three years, he's likely to hold every single Mets record there is and will certainly continue to do so for many, many years to come.