David Wright smacked an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday’s game against the Pirates, pushing the Mets to an early 2-0 lead and becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in hits.
Ed Kranepool held the high-mark previously, having netted 1,418 total hits between the 1962 and 1979 seasons. He was a .261/.316/.377 career hitter.
Wright, 29, entered play Wednesday with a .301/.381/.506 career batting line in eight-plus major league seasons. He’s hitting .306/.391/.493 with 20 home runs and 88 RBI through 642 plate appearances this year.
The next franchise record that Wright should break is Darryl Strawberry’s home run total. Wright currently has 203. Strawberry tallied 252 in his eight years wearing a Mets uniform and 335 in his career.
Wright already owns franchise highs in total bases, runs scored, extra-base hits, walks and RBI.
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed lefty swingman Ryan Merritt to a minor league contract. Nah, it’s not a big signing but we’ll take anything today.
Merritt, who has spent his entire career in the Indians organization, spent the entire 2018 season at Triple-A Columbus. It wasn’t a bad year for him — he posted a 3.79 ERA and a 52/2 K/BB ratio in 13 starts and two relief appearances covering 71.1 innings — but the Tribe just couldn’t find a role for him at the big league level. He has shown in the past, however, that he can hack it in the bigs, having posted a 1.71 ERA in 31.2 innings with the Indians between 2016-2017.
His thing is that he simply doesn’t strike guys out at anything approaching a typical clip for a big leaguer: 3.7 per nine innings in his small sample of major league outings and 6.3 Ks per nine innings in the minors. Which, while it may not prevent him from having success at the big league level, is likely a reason for the limited number of chances he’s been given.
The Rays are probably the best place he could go, frankly. They’ve shown themselves willing to utilize guys in unique ways and are more likely than most teams to find places to spot a lefty control specialist who has shown he can both start and come out of the pen.