NL East Update: Righting Wright’s Swing

Following a disappointing 2009 at the plate, From Flushing breaks down how David Wrights swing has changed through recent years.

David hasn’t been getting many hits early on in the season batting a weak .222, but he is tied with Jeff Francoeur for the team lead in RBIs with 10 and is also the team leader with a .405 OBP. His 19 walks lead the team, so as long as he is getting on base that’s the important thing, but obviously we would like to see his batting average higher. It is clear that Wright has been tinkering with his swing this year. As shown by the graph he used to keep his hands and bat much higher but has since dropped them down to shorten his long swing. Wright already puts an enormous amount of pressure on himself as he has embraced his role as the “face” of the franchise, which also means he has been the face of failure due to the Mets struggles in recent years. Lets just hope if this new swing doesn’t work out, he has the mental toughness to come up with another solution.

Talking Chop recaps the Braves disappointing game against the Cardinals. Atlanta now finds themselves in the midst of a 6 game losing streak.

Hmm, so everything I said about the Braves being the surprise team in the east isn’t looking so good now. This team just hasn’t been clicking since the beginning, which is disappointing because of all the potential they have. To add onto the list of tough luck losses that already consists of a 17-2 loss and a no-hitter, Tommy Hanson pitched as well as anyone in a rainy night at Citi Field only to have the game suspended after 5 innings giving Atlanta a 1-0 loss. You just have to hope with a team this young that they wont begin to fall into the “here we go again” mentality once things start to turn against them. But as long as Bobby Cox is in the dugout and with the veteran leadership from players like Chipper Jones, Derek Lowe, and Billy Wagner, it is hard to imagine Atlanta walking with their heads down for long.

Beer Leaguer gives some dap to Jayson Werth for his dominating performance in the desert against the Diamondbacks.

I was fortunate to have been at this game in Saturday and was able to witness firsthand just how dangerous and strong Werth is. Interestingly, in a game that had a total of 5 runs, there were 4 home runs hit, 2 by Werth, and 1 by Raul Ibanez and Kelly Johnson. For his go-ahead home run in the top of the 9th, Werth took a Juan Gutierrez offering and nearly sent it into orbit as it hit up against the centerfield wall to put the Phillies ahead. Werth may not be the biggest name on the Phillie roster but that is the beauty of the Phillie dynamic, their core players make the teams other complementary players that much better, playing well has become contagious when you put on a Phillie uniform.

Marlin Maniac summarizes the first month of the season in South Florida, detailing the performances of Nate Robertson, Ricky Nolasco, and Jorge Cantu.

Hard to believe April is almost over! Florida is currently 11-9 and only .5 games behind Philadelphia for first in the east. This is mainly due to the torrid start of Cantu, but other Marlins are getting the job done as well. Dan Uggla has been contributing at the plate batting a solid .329 with 5 home runs and 14 RBIs. Florida really needs their pitching to take it up a notch because there is only so much Josh Johnson can do. So far, Nate Robertson has been exactly what was expected of him but the team would like their only lefty in the rotation to start turning some heads.