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.

Carlos Gómez fined for criticizing umpire on Twitter

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays outfielder Carlos Gómez has been fined $10,000 for criticizing umpire Andy Fletcher on Twitter last week. Gomez himself didn’t disclose the amount of the fine, but he did say, “I don’t think it’s fair.”

During Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays, Gómez pinch-hit and struck out looking. Even before the game ended, Gómez went on Twitter and posted several videos of questionable ball-and-strike calls by Fletcher. He wrote, “If anyone needed to be ejected out of tonight’s game it was Andy Fletcher!!” Gómez apologized later that night but still called Fletcher “brutal.”

Gómez, 32, has had a tough year. He’s hitting .212/.302/.343 with nine home runs, 32 RBI, 42 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 400 plate appearances. It’s understandable A) that Gómez is frustrated and B) he might be looking for any kind of edge he can get.