Remember when The Mountain and The Hound faced off against each other in King’s Landing near the end of Game of Thrones? It was a matchup everyone was waiting years to see take place. In this year’s World Series, we may see a battle relating to the New York Mets take place.
Not quite as anticipated, we might get the World Series matchup nobody ever asked for. Representing the Boston Red Sox, we have Kevin Plawecki. Over in the National League, there’s Travis d’Arnaud with the Atlanta Braves.
Who would have thought that after all of those seasons of these two platooning that they would eventually end up possibly fighting each other in the World Series without the Mets involved whatsoever?
The battle of former Mets platoon catchers could be coming this October
Plawecki’s time with the Mets ended after the 2018 campaign with a lifetime .218/.308/.330 slash line. The former first-round pick never played in more than 79 games in any given year. A lot of his time with the club was spent as a part-time player—often sharing the work with d’Arnaud.
After a down season with the Cleveland Indians in 2019, Plawecki joined up with Boston in 2020. In those 262 trips to the plate, he has been a .305/.364/.414 hitter.
Meanwhile, d’Arnaud has bounced around as well. Another first-round draft pick who never quite reached expectations, d’Arnaud suddenly began to hit again with the Tampa Bay Rays in the latter part of 2019. He joined up with the Braves in 2020 where he has put together a respectable .265/.329/.452 batting line. This includes the .321/.386/.533 he slashed in 2020 on his way to winning a Silver Slugger.
Unlike Plawecki, d’Arnaud is the starter for Atlanta. The big rival of the Mets, it’s going to be tough for anyone who roots for the Amazins to wish his teammates well if they advance to the finals.
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Every year has its share of former Mets in the postseason. This season was no exception. But for this pair to be only a few victories away from reuniting across the field after seeing their time with the Mets end quite suddenly, it’s something no one could have predicted.