David Wright envisions a bright future for the Mets.
With the offseason additions of center fielder Curtis Granderson and right-hander Bartolo Colon, coupled with a surge of young talent in the organization, Wright believes the Mets are in position to make the postseason this year for the first time since 2006.
Speaking Friday at his annual fundraiser in Norfolk, Va., to benefit the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Wright admitted he was "as frustrated as anybody" with the Mets' playoff drought. Nevertheless, the third baseman thinks his club will be playing in October sooner rather than later.
"Losing is unacceptable, in my book, it's unacceptable in the fans' book, and I want them to know that although it was a great run in 2006, I think that we're in store for an even greater run in years to come, because of the youth movement that we have, because of some of the pieces that [general manager] Sandy [Alderson] and the front office have added this offseason," Wright said. "I think this is only kind of the beginning ... and it's going to be fun when we get to that point where we're a playoff team each year."
Wright said he expects Granderson to bolster the lineup, have an impact on defense and strengthen the clubhouse. But the Mets' starting pitching is what really has Wright excited. Though Matt Harvey might not return from Tommy John surgery in time to pitch this season, Wright thinks youngsters Dillon Gee, Jon Niese and Zack Wheeler can pick up the slack.
"We're going to be pretty set with pitching," Wright said. "For our starters, it's going to be a heck of a battle for that fifth spot. We're deep in the starting category, and we're only going to multiply that when Matt comes back, whenever that is. I think a strength for a lot of playoff teams is their starting pitching, and we're right up there at the top."
Still, Alderson said he would like to bolster the bullpen before Spring Training starts.
"I'd say right now if there is a gap, it's in the bullpen, and we'll take a look to see if we can fill some of that over the next two weeks," the general manager said. "But otherwise, I think we're about ready to go."
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com.