Unfortunately, Wright seems to be declining instead of coming out of his slump. He is swinging at pitches down and away out of the strike zone with increasing regularity. I believe his decline has less to do with a lack of protection and more to do with simple fatigue. He is on base to play more baseball than he ever has before. He also does a lot of charity work and makes public appearances for the Mets quite frequently. I believe I overheard Keith Hernandez talking about this the other day when the Mets were routed by the Phillies -- how Wright is burning the candle at both ends. Unfortunately, it is in Wright's nature to try to please everybody instead of taking time to rest himself. Also unfortunately, when asked if Wright and Reyes would receive more rest since they have never played so much before, manager Willie Randolph basically said no, because they're young guys so they don't need to rest.
by AmericanShipbuilding » Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:25 am
It's called a slump. Even some of the best hitters in the leagues have slumps sometimes guys. Just wait it out, and Wright will be tearing it up again in no time.
In real life--or in May--this is good, sound advice. However, in fantasy, there are two weeks left of regular season, then playoffs. If your team is fighting for a playoff spot, how can you afford to carry dead weight? I would argue that Wright is one of the very best players in the game and will be for years to come, but for fantasy purposes, he is a bad gamble right now. He may begin "tearing it up in no time," or he may start seeing two days off a week to rest him for the playoffs (the Mets have no need to start him right now). But if your trade deadline is today, you have to think seriously about moving Wright for a player who will produce and help you RIGHT NOW.