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The Wright Stuff

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Fantasy owners of the New York Mets' David Wright are not happy this week, as the third baseman has gone into a deep batting slump and his hitless streak, five games worth, has reached 18 at- bats.

But now is not the time to "panic sell" the five-time All-Star (2006-2010). Wright has never hit less than .283 for a season and with the exception of 2009, the first year the Mets moved into the spacious confines of Citi Field, he has never hit less than 26 homers as a full-time starter.

Trading him now would result in a fantasy owner getting less than full value, less than his Draft Day ADP of 10. It would be the proverbial "selling low" instead of the traditionally preferred "buy low/sell high" theory.

Plus, if you look deeper inside his numbers, you'll find that over Wright's eight-year career, April has always been his worst month statistically. April versus every other month shows personal lows in hits, HRs, RBIs, batting average, slugging percentage, OPS and total bases.

Show patience and you will be rewarded.

Unless, you don't own Wright at this time, in which case now is the perfect time to "buy" him.

Wright is not alone in his slow start.

In the American League, the following batters aren't living up to preseason expectations: Carl Crawford (ADP 11), Derek Jeter (ADP 40), Alex Rios (ADP 56) and Justin Morneau (ADP 53).

National Leaguers, who belong in this category with Wright include; Carlos Gonzalez (ADP 8), Jayson Werth (ADP 59) and Hanley Ramirez (ADP 2).

None of the above, all of whom were selected in the first five rounds on Draft Day, should be traded away at this time. Why? Because they are veterans with a proven track record, just like Wright.

Ok, in the case of Gonzalez, he's only done it for about a year and a half, but don't let that distract you from my point that selling "low" with a veteran is not a good early-season strategy.

Again, looking at the numbers, the eight hitters listed have played 58 seasons as a full-time starter and in 49 of them, the player has put together a successful season, worthy of their ADP.

Which means there is an 84.5-percent chance that your currently slumping hitter will turn it around.

2011 April Statistics vs. Career Statistics
Player Team Current BA Current OPS Career BA Career OPS
Hanley RamirezFLA0.2350.6740.3120.901
David WrightNYM0.2290.6900.3030.896
Justin MorneauMIN0.2080.5520.2840.864
Carlos GonzalezCOL0.2570.6450.2970.851
Jayson WerthWAS0.2060.6610.2700.843
Derek JeterNYY0.2190.5160.3130.835
Carl CrawfordBOS0.1490.3650.2950.776
Alex RiosCWS0.1830.5050.2800.772


Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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