SAN DIEGO -- New York Mets captain David Wright will get Sunday's series finale against the San Diego Padres off, as is customary for day games after night games. The 33-year-old heads into the respite on a high note.
Wright reached base in all five plate appearances in the Mets' 6-3 victory Saturday night, walking his first three trips to the plate, then delivering a single, followed by a solo homer in the ninth.
Although Wright is still batting a modest .258 this season, he also has a healthy .405 on-base percentage. That leads the team, and is ideal for a No. 2 hitter.
"I haven't been swinging it the way that I would like to," Wright said. "But the thing that, I guess, excites me -- the thing that I feel good about -- is I am getting on base for the guys who swing the bats really well behind me. You want to get hits. You want to drive runs in. But when that's not happening, you try to do other things to help the team win. And, for me, that's getting on base, scoring some runs. It's part of hitting at the top of the order."