Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki have provided solid offensive production over the last several weeks
The New York Mets are about to wrap up what has been one of the more disastrous seasons in recent memory. However, some good may be coming out of the catcher’s position with the performance of Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki over the final month.
D’Arnaud has not been able to sustain a breakthrough since slashing .268/.340/.485 in a 67-game sample size during the Mets’ 2015 playoff run. Injuries have been a contributing factor, but d’Arnaud is aiming to show he’s turned things around for good. The September he is having is one to remember.
D’Arnaud doubled, walked, and cranked a solo homer in the eighth inning of a 3-2 win over Atlanta on Monday. It was his sixth homer and 16th RBI in 16 September games (14 starts). For the month, d’Arnaud is hitting an impressive .321 and slugging .755 over 59 plate appearances.
Plawecki may have come up too quickly the first time around, but his extended time in Las Vegas this year has allowed him to figure some things out. He returned to the Mets on August 19 and has hit .281 in 73 plate appearances. Granted it’s a small sample size, but Plawecki is hitting well enough to state his case for being on the opening day roster next year.
Add in that the potential market is limited as far as catchers. Alex Avila and Jonathan Lucroy would draw the most attention. Plus, the Mets are reportedly looking at making pitching a priority when the off-season rolls around.
Another factor is there won’t be a large financial tie to either catcher. Plawecki will have his final year of pre-arbitration this winter. d’Arnaud is up for his second year of arbitration eligibility after making $1.875 million this year.
We’ll know for sure if either or both have turned things around for the better down the road. This final month has proven both deserve the chance to prove themselves over a larger time span in 2018. It’s one more off-season decision that could have an in house solution.