Mets 3B David Wright not focused on reviving power numbers

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.

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.

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