By Gem Tablak
Travis d’Arnaud had an absolutely atrocious start to the season. In 13 games played before going on the DL. TdA was batting .190 & it looked like his offensive woes would follow him behind the plate. Travis then was put on the DL with a strained shoulder & the Mets didn’t even put a return date on the young catcher, which was a little weird. However, I believe the Mets really had no clue what was going on with him. There was an obvious physical problem but would this turn into a mental issue as well?
It looks like the answer is no. Since returning d’Arnaud has shown signs of life behind the plate throwing out 3 would be base runners. However during his start vs the Nationals, 5 base runners were able to steal on him but that has a lot more to do with Syndergaard inability to hold runners on, so I give him a pass that night.
Before today’s game vs the Cubs, in the previous 7 games TdA has been batting .350/.381/.350 & he added another 2 hits & 2 RBI’s on Saturday afternoon in the Mets victory raising his batting average to .244 on the season. More than 50 points higher than where it was not too long ago.