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Mets: Ranking each Opening Day starting catcher of the last 10 seasons

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets walks off the field after the inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 06, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets walks off the field after the inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 06, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 21: Travis d’Arnaud #18 of the New York Mets throws the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 21, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

2) Travis d’Arnaud

Travis d’Arnaud was another piece of the RA Dickey trade that brought in Noah Syndergaard. D’Arnaud was talked about in the minors to be a good starting major league catcher for teams so acquiring him was a huge second piece at the time.

During his time in New York, he battled with injuries multiple times in his career so New Yorkers never got a full-blown look at the kid when he first arrived.

D’Arnaud was named opening day starter though from 2014-2016. His batting average was always around the .250-.260 mark tose three seasons but where he really killed the Mets was behind the plate.

Base runners took advantage of d’Arnaud every time they got on since he had a lot of trouble throwing runners out. Whether it was a good jump from the runner or not his throws were mostly inaccurate. Some would pull the shortstop or second baseman off the bag and others would go skyrocketed into center field.

Not easy to win when almost every time a runner gets on they could possibly be in scoring position on second base within seconds.

His biggest moment as a Met came in 2015 in Game 1 of the NLCS where he took Jon Lester deep to center field and hit it off the apple to extend the Mets lead late in the game. That was what all Mets fans thought we were going to see on a constant basis with d’Arnaud but we were not fortunate enough.

d’Arnaud was released by the Mets in May of 2019 and he now is part of the Atlanta Braves where he seems to have found his niche after winning a Silver Slugger award this past season.

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