Tuesday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that the Mets can move forward this offseason with the tandem of Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki as their catchers. D’Arnaud went out and showed why the Mets feel that way.
D’Arnaud hit two line drive doubles in Tuesday night’s loss to the Phillies, hits reminiscent of the hitter he was in the minor leagues, that showed the Mets what they want to see.
“I’d like to see that out of some others too, instead of trying to hit the ball over the fence all the time, but if they get a pitch to drive it where it’s at,” Mets manager Terry Collins said before Wednesday night’s series finale against the Phillies at Citi Field. “One of the things Travis did when he first got here, what you saw was that big-time power to right-center field. Those two doubles last night are hopefully are an indication he is back on track and taking good swings.”
Alderson indicated on Tuesday that the Mets were not going to be shopping in the catchers free agent market this winter.
“I think first of all, d’Arnaud, over the course of the season has improved,” Alderson said. “Some of the more esoteric metrics that we look at indicate that…And I think Plawecki did himself a tremendous service going to (Triple-A) Las Vegas and applying himself and recognizing that he didn’t have to simply accept a backup role going forward as a major-league catcher and that he could work toward the possibility of being an everyday guy.”
D’Arnaud is hitting .231 with 10 homers and 40 RBI in 95 games, while Plawecki is hitting .237 with a home run and seven RBI in 21 games.
Amed Rosario sat out his fourth straight game with a contusion on his right index finger. The 21-year old shortstop had suffered through a hand issue in Triple-A this season, but insisted that he injured it in Saturday’s doubleheader at Houston.
He is missing out on an important lesson that all rookies need, Terry Collins said.
I think obviously he and Jose talk a lot, so he is getting something out of it, but one of the things about this time of year, you need to play,” the Mets manager said.” You need to play to find out what it’s like to play the month of September. That’s something these young guys have never done before.
“When the September call-ups come up, energized, because they are going to the big leagues, but if you are here for a while and you go through that grind it takes to play the last month, that’s what it’s like,” Collin continued. “So to sit on the bench doesn’t help. They need to be in the lineup. The only way you’re really going to know what it’s like to be a big league player is to play the month of September.
“So we want to get him back in there as fast as we can.”
Rosario has been a significant upgrade at shortstop, but his offense needs work. He is hitting just .245 with 31 strikeouts and two walks in 110 big league at-bats.
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Michael Conforto had surgery to repair the posterior capsule in his dislocated left shoulder Wednesday. The team had no update on his expected recovery time, though they were projecting six months. … T.J. Rivera will have Tommy John surgery next week. ..Noah Syndergaard is still set to make a rehab start Thursday with the Brooklyn Cyclones against the Staten Island Yankees. … Mets players Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Chasen Bradford and Paul Sewald will make the team’s annual visit to a fire station affected by the 9-11 terrorist attacks on Thursday.