David Wright given a day off, apparently against his will

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David Wright angry.jpgAfter an 0 for 4, three-strikeout day against the Braves — capped by throwing away the ball and allowing the winning run to score — David Wright will be riding the pine for today’s game against the
Nationals.

Wright’s obviously struggling and, more importantly, looks to be getting frustrated, so most people would probably agree that a day off is a good idea.  David Wright is not most people, however. Here’s what he said after last night’s game when someone mentioned a day off:

“That could be one of the worst things right now. I want to get in there and get the taste out of my mouth.”

Look, the manager makes the call — and in this case, maybe Jeff Wilpon makes the call since he’s traveling with the team — but I hope for the Mets’ sake that there was a nice productive conversation about all of this before the lineup cards were filled out, because I don’t think David Wright needs something else to be aggravated about right now.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.