The Time is Wright for David, Yanks Try to Hold On

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Now that David Wright has your attention…

NEW YORK, NY – Career Met David Wright will suit up again for the Amazin’s and take the field for the last time against the Marlins on September 29th. Wright hasn’t played since May of 2016, as he’s battled back and neck injuries. It was a losing battle for the Mets’ captain and fan favorite. It’s always tough to see a great player have their career cut short by injury. Wright is one of the top all-time Metsies in a number of categories, even though he hasn’t played more than 135 games in a season since 2012.

Wright played 24 playoff games with the Amazin’s and played through injury during the Mets’ 2015 run to the World Series. There will be plenty of wondering and “what-ifs” surrounding Wright’s legacy but there’s no doubt that he will go down as an all-time great New York Met. It’s a shame to see him go out like this but it’s great to see a player stick with one team for his entire career. And it’s also great to see the Mets stick by Wright through the injuries over the past few years. It’s a good baseball story even though it has a sad ending. There will be plenty of Orange and Blue fans on hand in that last Mets homestand to watch Wright play in his final game. Rumor has it Tall and Short Matt are even putting the band back together.

Over in the Bronx, the Yankees are holding on for dear life as JG Clancy’s Athletics are breathing down their necks for the top Wild Card spot. A few weeks ago it looked like the Yankees might mount a challenge for the division against the Red Sox, but they can’t seem to string wins together. Now they are fighting to keep home field advantage in the Wild Card game. The lead has been reduced to 1.5 games and the way things are going, the lead won’t survive the weekend.

Their once formidable ace Luis Severino now looks like a number 4 starter. He hasn’t been nearly as sharp as he was through June. At this point I don’t think the Yankees can start him in the Wild Card Game…. They added McCutchen in a waiver wire deal to shore-up their outfield thinking, Aaron Judge might not return this year. Judge seems close but is still in pain and it remains to be seen whether he can get enough swings in to get back to form in time for the playoffs. The lineup has been boosted by the return of Gary Sanchez, but Giancarlo Stanton and the rest of the lineup look a bit tired.

Good news for the Yankees is that Aroldis Chapman should be back in the pen next week. That will give the Bombers some much needed support on the back end, since it doesn’t look like the starting pitchers will go deep into games down the stretch. The Yanks could get it together over the next two weeks, but they’ve given up 12 games to the A’s over the last couple of months and it doesn’t look like the Oakland is slowing down. They’ve still got a shot at catching the Astros for the division, so don’t expect them to rest their stars or give away games.

The Yankees are definitely in trouble.

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Different Matt is our cunning Cornell grad/rugby player. "Diff" joined us just after the switch from being "Mets only" to an all-sports stop. He's a Yankee fan; thus he was "different." Aside from the Yanks, he's a diehard NY Giants, NY Rangers and NY Knicks fan. He also likes long walks on the beach and cappuccinos and nearly died in Las Vegas.

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