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Mets 2017 Season in Review: Travis d’Arnaud

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Travis d'Arnaud
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Travis d'Arnaud
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: Travis d’Arnaud
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: Travis d’Arnaud

The biggest area for improvement is getting back to being a catcher that teams won’t run all over. Yes, overall, pitchers must do a better job holding runners. The numbers have declined over the last few years though. In 2015, d’Arnaud threw out 33 percent of runners attempting to steal. That dropped to 22 percent in 2016 and 17 last season.

Offensively, d’Arnaud is not going to be in a high leverage spot in the order but he still needs to do a better job pulling his weight in the back half of the lineup. We still don’t know exactly what this Mets lineup will look like in 2018, but an on-base percentage of under .300 isn’t going to cut it.

Situationally, d’Arnaud gets some credit for his situational hitting. He hit .280 and had an on-base percentage of .379 with two outs and runners in scoring position. On the flip side, he hit just .179 last year in what’s defined as “late and close” situations. Also, d’Arnaud had a batting average of just .225 in the seventh inning or later of games.

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