MIAMI -- The Mets were up five runs when David Wright came to the plate in the ninth inning Saturday, in a game that was already nearly 3 1/2 hours long. It did not matter. Wright concentrated and squared up a pitch from Marlins reliever Steve Cishek, punching it into right field for an RBI single.
"The one thing I really like about him is each at-bat means something," manager Terry Collins said. "It seems like there's a purpose to every time he goes to home plate, so therefore, he's really got to focus on the at-bat itself. I think he's done a remarkable job. When you're playing every day, it's human nature to give up an at-bat every once in a while, due to the score of a game or whatever it might be. And he does not do that."
The results have been staggering. Wright entered Sunday's play leading the Majors with a .402 average, the second-highest mark of any Mets player in history through May 12 of a season. And he has done it in large part thanks to his willingness to drive balls to the opposite field.
"It's what he did this winter," Collins said. "I think it's the fact that he changed his swing a little bit. He's getting base hits to right field, so when he gets deep into the count, he's not afraid to take a single, go the other way with something, and I think that's really made a difference in him.
"He got to be a star by going to right-center field, which he's doing again."