After missing more than two months with a severe back injury, David Wright has displayed the skills at the plate that have helped him become a five-time All-Star.
He's also grounded enough not to take that success for granted.Wright will try to lead the Mets to their eighth win in nine games Saturday night against the sputtering Washington Nationals.Wright hit a three-run first-inning homer and Nick Evans and Lucas Duda also went deep to lift New York to (67-69) to a 7-3 win Friday.Since returning in late July from a stress fracture in his lower back, Wright is 7 for 14 in four games against the Nationals. He had been 3 for 24 in six matchups with Washington before the injury.During the Mets' current 7-1 stretch, Wright is hitting .500 (13 for 26) with two homers and nine RBIs."When you get on a little hot streak, you have to ride out as long as you can because you know right around the corner, there's an 0 for 10, 0 for 15 waiting for you," said Wright, who's batting .322 with six homers and team-high 31 RBIs in 38 games since rejoining the club.While Wright is powering the offense, Dillon Gee (12-5, 4.24 ERA) will try to beat Washington for the third time Saturday. In two starts, the right-hander has been reached for two earned runs and six hits in 14 1/3 innings.Gee, who has a 5.22 ERA on the road despite a 6-3 record, will try to become the first Mets rookie with 13 wins since Dwight Gooden had 17 in 1984 en route to rookie of the year honors.Gee has alternated wins and losses in his last four starts after holding Florida to a run and six hits in six innings of New York's 5-1 win Wednesday.Nationals rookie second baseman Danny Espinosa might be back in the lineup after being rested for the first time this year. Espinosa, who leads all NL rookies with 19 home runs, is 0 for 9 against Gee.With his next homer, Espinosa will be the third rookie in franchise history to hit 20, joining Ryan Zimmerman in 2006 and Brad Wilkerson in 2002, when the team was based in Montreal.Rick Ankiel had a two-run homer in the series opener for the Nationals (63-73), losers of three straight and nine of 10. Manager Davey Johnson said he's seen improvement despite the team's 23-35 record since taking over for Jim Riggleman."I like the approach the guys are taking. I see the improvement in their play, in their mental approach, and I'm pleased with all that," Johnson said.Now that Jordan Zimmermann has been shut down for the season due to a team-imposed innings limit, Tom Milone will make his first major league start for Washington.Milone was 12-6 with a 3.22 ERA this season with Triple-A Syracuse, striking out 155 and walking only 16 in 148 1/3 innings. Over his last 10 starts with the Chiefs, the left-hander was 6-1 and allowed two runs or less eight times.A 10th-round pick in 2008, Milone was the Nationals' minor league pitcher of the year in 2010 after going 12-5 with a 2.85 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg.