WAVY — Not only have the New York Mets not won a pennant since the 2006 season, they haven’t even enjoyed a winning record in that stretch of time. Mets third baseman and team captain David Wright (a graduate of Hickory High School in Chesapeake) has been through all the ups and downs, but he says his team is “ready” to contend, especially with the addition of Michael Cuddyer in the outfield.
Cuddyer, who also played his high school ball in Chesapeake at Great Bridge, signed a two-year contract to join Wright and the Mets over the Summer. He brings with him one of the more potent bats in the National League and a confidence as well. “I wouldn’t have signed there if I didn’t believe we could win,” he said during a visit to Chesapeake over the Winter.
“It all begins and ends with pitching, and the rotation we have, both in youth and talent, I would put this rotation up against anybody’s,” he said.
They’ll find out right off the bat how true that is when they face division-rival Washington on openin day. The defending NL East-champion Nationals bring in a starting three of newly-acquired All-Star Max Scherzer, Jordan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg.