Tuesday, September 4, 2007

David Wright for MVP

About two weeks ago a graph was put up during an SNY Mets telecast comparing the stats of the top MVP candidates. The point of discussion was if David Wright could be considered as an MVP candidate. They compared Wright with Albert Pujols and others discussing who would be in the running for MVP.

At the time I thought it was a little bit of a stretch to include Wright in the discussion. He had been on a streak at the time but I just didn't see him being in the same company as Pujols or Fielder in consideration for MVP honors.

Now, my position has changed. David Wright is absolutely an MVP candidate. I'm not saying he'll win it but he should be in the top 5 for voting. After a horrendous April, Wright has been the most consistent and effective hitter for the Mets and has the #2 batting average since the All Star break at .366.

If you look at Wright's numbers he continues to build on the success of last year, and I expect him to outperform every category from '06, except for maybe his RBI total (last year = 116, currently at 91).

Wright may very well end the season batting over .320 with 30 home runs and 40 stolen bases while driving in 100 runs and scoring 100+ runs. Wright is looking like a young version of Wade Boggs with opposite field power. I'm not saying he's going to be exactly like the Red Sox hall of famer, but the way he makes contact, hits for power and situational hits reminds me of Boggs. Of course Wright has a lot more speed and more pop than Boggs.

Keep it up David Wright. You've got my vote for MVP.

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