Mike Jacobs is back. Jason Pridie was acquired. A nicely executed public relations event attempted to make Met fans think Daniel Murphy = Keith Hernandez. None of these are remotely inspiring to write about, so here are David Wright's top ten most valuable plate appearances, per WPA.
In Game Two of a doubleheader at Coors Field, David put the Mets ahead after Eric Valent tied the game in the 8th inning with a solo blast. Mike Stanton earned the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless ball.
This homer, off one of the better relievers in baseball, tied the game. RBI hits from Carlos Delgado and Fernando Tatis followed, giving the Mets their tenth win in a row.
2006 was David's most "clutch" season yet and for that reason it seems most fans think it was his best. Half of the moments on this list came from 2006. This one came after the Mets already clinched the NL East, and was part of a 17 hit attack on the hapless Nats' staff.
This is the only Mets loss on the list. Joe Smith blew the game in the bottom of the 8th and Trevor Hoffman notched a 1-2-3 top of the 9th.
David's career OPS vs. Rivera: 1.000
This double won the game, sparing the Mets' bullpen (8 IP, 3 runs). Jose Reyes went 5-7 with a walk and a triple.
David has four career grand slams and this one helped Glavine to his 10th win. Ramon Castro also homered.
Play: Two-run homer off Heath Bell in the 9th inning
Game Result: Mets 5, Padres 3
Bell has owned the Mets in his career (12.1 IP, 2.19 ERA) but on this day he gave up a walk-off. Scott Schoeneweis previously blew the save in the top of the 9th, surrendering a long-ball to Mets nemesis Jody Gerut.
The Mets were up 12 games in the NL East heading into the All Star break after this Sunday win. David participated in the Home Run Derby the next night.
This is probably the second best moment of the 2009 season, behind Omir Santos's blast off Jonathan Papelbon. No matter the Mets' record, it's always nice to beat the Phillies in the 9th inning at CBP.