Though Cliff Floyd has been more mercurial, and Mike Piazza has more cachet, David Wright might have been the Mets' most consistent run producer all season. Last week, the modest 22-year-old's hitting forced the spotlight upon him, as he was named Monday the Bank of America National League Player of the Week.
The third baseman led the league in hits, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and total bases and was tied for the league lead in runs scored.
Wright beat out big names like Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. (.407, four home runs, five RBIs), Tim Hudson (2-0, 2.00 ERA, two complete games, nine strikeouts) of the Braves; Florida's Juan Pierre (.407, 10 runs, five stolen bases) and Dontrelle Willis (2-0, 2.19 ERA, eight strikeouts); and San Diego's Brian Giles (.524, one home run, seven RBIs).
Simply put, manager Willie Randolph said, "He's been carrying us."
Wright led the Mets to a 5-2 record on the week, powering two monstrous double-digit victories in Ariziona. In the Mets' 14-1 pounding on Tuesday, Wright went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a stolen base, four runs scored and two RBIs. He followed that up with a 4-for-5, two-home run, two-RBI performance in the Mets' 18-4 victory the next day.
Though Wright had at least one hit in each of the seven games, the most important was a towering second-inning blast against the Giants on Friday. The home run accounted for all the scoring in the Mets' 1-0 victory, and impressed Giants manager Felipe Alou.
"That kid hit the ball a long way," Alou said. "The fan that threw the ball back probably has a sore arm. It was so far up in the stands, there was probably a relay."
Wright's final weekly totals included a .481 batting average (13-for-27), 10 runs scored, three homers, three doubles, two steals, five RBIs and 25 total bases. His slugging percentage stood at .926 and his on-base percentage at .533. Wright even reached base in nine straight plate appearances -- seven times by hits, twice by walks -- during one two-game stretch (Aug. 23-24) against the Diamondbacks.
The huge week raised Wright's batting average from .303 to .314, which begins the new week fifth in the National League.
Ben Couch is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.