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.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.