PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - For David Wright, the ideal goal must be "attainable but quite a challenge.'' Which is why the Mets captain said he's perfectly fine with the 90-win goal that GM Sandy Alderson shared during a recent staff meeting, according to a published report.
"I think it's awesome,'' Wright said. "Ninety's a great start. You obviously want your general manager to have confidence in you. You obviously want the general manager and players to set lofty yet attainable goals. I don't see any reason we can't start with 90 wins . . . ''
Of course, that opinion is hardly universal. As the Mets begin Grapefruit League play Friday, plenty of questions remain about a roster stocked with mismatched parts.
In the last week, shortstop Ruben Tejada endured another round of scrutiny related to his conditioning, first baseman Ike Davis engaged in a war of words with a reporter and Jon Niese boarded a flight to New York for an MRI exam on his left shoulder (which came back clean).
As word of the report spread, fans took to social media to mock Alderson's assessment. But Wright echoed the prevailing sentiment in the Mets' clubhouse.
"I know you've got to take baby steps before you take big leaps,'' he said. "But nobody should say, 'Hey, let's just go out there and try to be better than last year.' Well, you know what? A little better than last year is still going to be fourth place or whatever it is. So who cares?''
The Mets finished 74-88 a season ago. This season, Baseball Prospectus projected the Mets to win 73 games. Bovada, a Las Vegas sports book, set the Mets' over/under at 731/2. But Wright believes the Mets can reach a higher standard.
"I think 90 wins is a very realistic number,'' he said. "I like the attitude, I like the confidence.''