After a particularly brutal stretch in a career-worst season wrecked by shoulder problems David Wright is 6-for-13 (.462) with two doubles in his last three games.
That’s not much, really, but it’s enough to get the Mets third baseman to say “it’s nice to feel dangerous at the plate” and “it’s nice to feel comfortable” one week after admitting he still wasn’t 100 percent healthy.
He snapped an 84 plate appearance streak without an extra-base hit and looked good enough that manager Terry Collins said all sorts of optimistic stuff to Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star Ledger, although the fact that a half-dozen hits sparks this sort of reaction from Wright and Collins is perhaps the clearest look yet at just how miserable his whole season has been.
Overall he’s hitting .268 with eight homers and a .694 OPS in 129 games.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)