Mets third baseman David Wright told the New York Daily News that hitting more long balls won’t be the focus of his spring. His home run total dropped from a career-high 33 in 2008 to a career-low 10 in 2009, the first season of Citi Field.
Wright admitted to the newspaper that trying to hit to the opposite field was a part of the problem last season. Right-center field is difficult for right-handed hitters such as Wright; the fence is 415 feet from home plate at its deepest.
Wright also said that left fielder Jason Bay, signed as a free agent in the offseason, should provide plenty of protection in the lineup this season.
In other Mets news, the Daily News speculated right-hander Kelvin Escobar is the favorite to handle the eighth-inning relief duties this season. Also in the mix are right-handers Ryota Igarashi, Bobby Parnell and Sean Green.