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Mets 2017 Season Preview: Will the Mets stay healthy? First player on the DL?

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Mar 4, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) looks on from the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) looks on from the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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JT. Teran, Editor

I’m picking Travis d’Arnaud for the simple reason that I hope he proves me wrong.

The Mets starting catcher has gotten off to a hot start in Spring Training, and everyone is all excited about him finally reaching his potential in a Mets uniform — myself included. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this movie before, so I can’t fully get on board with him being around and performing at a high level just yet. I need to see him actually play more.

It’s easy to forget that d’Arnaud’s biggest issue hasn’t been performance. He had an off-year last season, so naturally a lot of people wanted to talk about that. But when you really get down to it, d’Arnaud’s biggest troubles have been health-related.

In the last two seasons, d’Arnaud has played a total of 142 games. He simply hasn’t been able to stay on the field, so I fully expect him to also go down again this year, and because he’s started Spring Training well, I’m guessing he’ll go on the disabled list early too.

Of course, you could pick Lucas Duda or maybe Neil Walker — both of whom are coming off back injuries — but Travis is definitely a safe pick as far as I’m concerned.

Like I said earlier, I sincerely hope he proves me wrong. This could be the year that his body doesn’t let him down. I doubt, but maybe it can happen.

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