Wright solves Hamels with four-hit night
Mets third baseman entered game 1-for-11 against Phils ace
PHILADELPHIA -- Coming off an 0-for-5 performance with two walks, then preparing to face a pitcher he was 1-for-11 against didn't seem to bode well for David Wright.
Good thing the Mets' 25-year-old All-Star third baseman didn't pay attention to the numbers.
Wright forgot about Thursday's game as well as his career statistics against Phillies ace Cole Hamels and turned in a four-hit game as the Mets won their fourth in a row, 6-4, over the Phillies on Friday night.
Wright tied his career high with four hits -- a single, two doubles, triple -- and silenced the sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park, which was eagerly anticipating this three-game series.
"I knew I had struggled against [Hamels]," Wright said. "He's got good stuff. I got some good at-bats against him."
Wright notched his first four-hit game since Aug. 2, 2007, at Milwaukee and continued to prove his mettle against the game's elite pitchers. Though it's early, Wright (.333, four homers, 17 RBIs) seems to be on his way to another .300 season after registering 25 homers and 100 RBIs in each of his first three seasons.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wright is one of eight players to accomplish this feat before the age of 25, along with Joe DiMaggio (four times), Albert Pujols (four times), Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Vladimir Guerrero and Miguel Cabrera.
Before jumping ahead too much, Wright was grounded when asked about his ability to get the best of Hamels.
"I wouldn't go that far," Wright said. "We're going to have plenty of matchups this year."
Mets manager Willie Randolph has plenty of confidence in Wright and believed he was locked in on Friday.
"He's been steady," Randolph said. "David is one of the best young hitters in the game."
He's even better when hitting ahead in the count, like he was against Hamels.
"He's got great stuff, and in a couple of at-bats I got ahead of him," Wright said. "You've got to get ahead against a great pitcher like him because of the pitches he throws."
Andy Jasner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.