Mets' David Wright: 'I expect to play much better than I am right now'

NEW YORK -- New York Mets captain David Wright labeled his recent production unacceptable late Wednesday.

A day after his back acted up and he was scratched from the lineup, Wright went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return as the Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 7-1 at Citi Field.

That dropped Wright's season average to .221 -- the lowest in his career at this point in a season. He has 47 strikeouts in 113 at-bats.

"The back thing is just something that I'm going to have to get used to because it's not changing," Wright said. "But I feel like I can play at a much higher level than I'm playing at right now. I think that there are certainly some things I'm having to make adjustments with as far as preparation, as far as playing schedule, that I'm going to have to get used to. But when I go take the field I expect to play much better than I am right now."

As for high strikeout totals, Wright added: "Today, in particular, I'm fouling off pitches I should be hitting. I'm swinging at some balls. It just seems like those pitches that are kind of borderline out of the strike zone, I chased a few of them today. It seemed like every at-bat I had pitches to hit and just fouled them off instead of putting them in play. The biggest thing I took out of tonight is I don't like hitting 0-1, 0-2. Those pitches I do get to hit early in the count, I'm putting good swings on them, just fouling them off. I need to find a way to put those pitches in play so I don't have to get down 0-1, 0-2."