Wright one RBI from carving out slice of history

Wright one RBI from carving out slice of history

Wright one RBI from carving out slice of history
NEW YORK -- Time may not fly any faster than a baseball coming off David Wright's bat this season. But the years move quickly, regardless.

Wright already has been the Mets' third baseman for nine seasons. And the next run he drives in, No. 734, will push him past Darryl Strawberry as the franchise's all-time leader.

"It's a big deal to be able to drive in runs, but I don't know about records and stuff," said Wright, who had three RBIs in Atlanta on Wednesday night to bring his total to eight in nine games this season. "Straw was one of my favorite players growing up [in Norfolk, Va., where the Mets had their Triple-A team], and it's well documented I tried to emulate his swing.

"Getting to know him as a person has been great for me, and to be classified kind of in that category is pretty special. But numbers and personal things are nice to enjoy when you are done playing. It so difficult to pat yourself on the back and at the same time get ready for today's game.

After Friday night's loss to the Giants, in which he went 1-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, Wright was leading the Majors with a .486 average.

"We're talking about 12 games into the season, a small sample size," he said. "The most important thing for me and the team is to gain some sort of consistency. We're a young team, we have to find a happy medium.

"The last couple games [losses in Atlanta], we played terrible. We have to find a way to stop that kind of bleeding before it gets out of hand. We haven't been able to do that in our losses.

"You are never as good as you are when you are going hot or a bad as when you are struggling. Have to find that happy medium and not ride that roller-coaster."

Hot, however, is hot. And a good start certainly beats the alternative. Indeed, according to manager Terry Collins, Wright will not concede that alternative.

"In 1994 [as Astros manager], what I saw from Jeff [Bagwell], it didn't matter what night it was, how many times he was up, every single at-bat meant something," recalled Collins. "Behind 5-0 or 10-0, he didn't just go up there to get the game over, and at the end of the year his numbers were enormous, even though that year was cut short.

"That's what I see of David. Every time he goes up, there he is, bound and determined to put a good swing on it."