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Travis d’Arnaud batting .300 since return from Triple-A

Travis d’Arnaud, in 13 games since returning from Triple-A, is hitting .300.

Over 53 plate appearances, d’Arnaud has a .340 OBP and .560 slugging percentage. He’s hit three home runs, four doubles and driven in 10 runs.

“I’m more relaxed, not as tense,” d’Arnaud said after hitting a two-run home run on Wednesday night (Harper, July 9). “My hands are more loose.”

He’s also hitting balls in spots he wasn’t before.

Here’s d’Arnaud’s heat map, from ESPN’s Mark Simon, which you can read more about here:
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“It makes a big difference when you’re putting the ball in play,” Terry Collins said.




146 comments
semperfi
semperfi

I love TC's expert analysis "It's makes a big difference when your putting the ball in play" if you ever pitched in baseball it was very obvious that Travis was vulnerable on the outer part of the plate which is where every smart pitcher would try to get 2 strikes and them get Travis to chase with 2, obvious to everyone except TC and his staff but it only took Wally and his guys a day to fix Travis and get him back on track, the kid could have hit .180 for the next 5 years and TC would have not none what to do, TC needs to go, if you want to win bring in someone with a champions mindset and Wally has it!

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Don't mean to be a nattering nabob of negativity, but.......they're still using the same "book" on him they used prior to his recall.  The major difference now is that he's consistently hitting pitches on the outside corner he used to swing through.  Should he continue to lean over the plate and make solid contact, they will start pitching him inside.  How he adjusts then will be a better indicator of the type of hitter he'll be.  This is a perfectly normal process  baseball.  If he proves he can turn on the inside stuff, he'll be the talent they thought he'd be.  Time will tell how things will turn out.

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

The whole reason behind moving Travis' feet was for him to reach pitches on the outside of the plate, and by looking at the heat map, it's doing just that

mets2death
mets2death

Why Collins doesnt play Nieuwenhuis over EY baffles me, especially against the righty

mets2death
mets2death

Go Orioles...


The Mets could very well sweep/win the rest of the week but with the Braves playing the Cubs next and the Nats the Phillies, the divison leaders will probably stay put.  This is a week to bring us into third place. Crucial.

hankincolo
hankincolo

If anybody is going to the game tonight, bring a sign that says RACIST with an arrow pointed at a Braves fan, but ONLY if they start that tomahawk chop crap. 

mets2death
mets2death

Not to be all happy-crazy drink the cool-aid, but imagine where this team would be had the following not happened or gone otherwise, etc.:


Farnworth and Valverde actually saved games- @ 5 games


Grandersons opening slump


Wrights slump


the Ike Davis project- picked Duda earlier


The Chris Young experiment- Nieuwenhuis, even Abreu...


I'll leave out SS...


Niese and Gee stay healthy...


Collins could actually write a consistent lineup


d'Arnaud had fixed himself earlier...



All these factors influenced the current record...what if all of these things go right for the rest of the season, where does this team end up?


specialk
specialk

Not bad for a bust we were supposed to give up on after 250 mlb at bats.  Where are those GM's in training now? Not that he's going to be a star.  I have no idea if he will be a bust or a star but the jump to conclusions crowd is awfully quiet now

robby
robby

Travis has really turned it on since coming up from Vegas.  Thanks to Wally's tweaking because if it was left up to Collins he would still be in a slump.  GO TRAVIS!!

mets2death
mets2death

Tonights game wont be close, either the Braves deflate Colon in the first two innings with a barrage of home runs OR Colon is lights out and the Mets continue busting open their offense.  Its gonna be a lopsided game either way.


Predictions, though:


Granderson-  Leadoff xB hit


Wright, Duda & d'Arnaud homer

Yes, Im feeling very positive about it right now...right, now...

Andrew Pasquale
Andrew Pasquale

Good, this is what we needed out of the kid. Now let's grab ourselves a few more bats and make a run next year!

Mexpert
Mexpert

look at the chart in the Terry chart he is hitting 100 in the strikezone. The post Wally he rakes the outside pitch off the strikezone and still handles the inside pitch. Sandy go away.

mets2death
mets2death

Now if only Collins would put him in a more RBI productive slot in the lineup...

Paul Santos
Paul Santos

It's nice too see Travis having success!  NY is a tough place to play in...talent alone just doesn't get it done.  Looks like his recent stint in the minors really helped him stop pressing.  Let's Go Mets!

George Brezny
George Brezny

Keep both catchers until they are too expensive to have on the team.. There are enough pitching prospects, plus a few other current pitchers to get that big bat, and I still think SS to turn this thing around. You still need two catchers... Although I wouldn't mind them picking up AJ or Mr. Buck as an upgrade for backup catcher right now. Both winners and veterans. And, worry about catcher of the future a year or so for now. So happy for Travis... Most fans should be... regardless of what he does the rest of this year.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

Glad to see him doing well.  His defense was so good that as a fan I hated that his offense was god awful.  He is certainly becoming more of the complete player that scouts said he would be and that is a huge boost for the Mets.  Having d'Arnaud hit at the back of the lineup really strengths this teams offense.

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

I'm going to the game tonight and really hoping he's behind the plate, but knowing more than likely it'll be Recker.

Oh well. Still really enjoy watching Travis hit his stride with the big club! 

hankincolo
hankincolo

@mets2death He has an EY fetish. But seriously folks, EY provides speed and has helped the offense. 

Again, I've been calling for a time share in LF between Kirk and EY.  

Mexpert
Mexpert

@mets2death It baffles you that he isn't playing or it baffles you that Terry is so stupid?

Mexpert
Mexpert

@mets2death I could say it better! Had Terry gotten this team ready to play in the spring and been decisive about the roster evaluating who can play and who cant.

mets2death
mets2death

@specialk a few of them have already started apologizing about Duda, give them time...

theglider
theglider

I guess when he hit in other places that was Backman too?

mets2death
mets2death

@robby if it were left up to Collins to fixed he'd end up getting traded.

robby
robby

@mets2death Colon is due for a good game.  I'm predicting a 4 game sweep with a low scoring game.  

theglider
theglider

He just needed to get out of New York for awhile. Why do you think Backman saved him? Didn't he hit everywhere else he played? Under other managers?

mets2death
mets2death

@Jay Cross If Collins slots Recker in that means that this series, and the next vs Marlins, aren't as big of an importance as he's been saying. 


d'Arnaud should be behind the plate until the very last out before the All-Star Break.

mets74
mets74

@Jay Cross See if you can get his actual height. That way we will all be in the know.

Mexpert
Mexpert

@theglider The key isnt so much Backman it is the negative effect by idiot Terry and Sandy.

robby
robby

@theglider Like many players do, he was pressured and he lost his way  and needed help to find it so Wally helped him with his adjustment.  So cootos to Wally

Mexpert
Mexpert

@theglider Not so much Backman as Terry Hudgens and Sandy kill players.

theglider
theglider

Even if he's a catcher? Because in your world catchers don't need to get a break.

theglider
theglider

It'll probably be Recker. d'Arnaud's caught three games in a row including one extra inning game. A day off would make sense.

theglider
theglider

Or perhaps the pressure put on him to succeed? People on here deemed him a bust after six weeks.

theglider
theglider

He needed to get away from people calling him a bust, as many on here did.

Vegas was a great break for him. He's always hit well there, especially when he played a full year in AAA there in. 2012. He just needed to get away from the pressure he was under.

theglider
theglider

That's interesting because Lagares and Murphy and Duda have all been hitting. So are they immune from poor coaching?

mets2death
mets2death

@theglider Of course they do, especially him.  I can see how my comment seems negative but d'Arnaud is on fire, we need to win tonight and take at least 2 from the Marlins.  Im sure we both agree that Travis is better than Recker.  He's young and can handle it.  He will have the Break to rest up.  We need him in the lineup.  Am I wrong on that?

Mexpert
Mexpert

@theglider Sense and Terry he abuses them till they get injured or slump. He only rests rookies.

Mexpert
Mexpert

@theglider All true pressure needs to be relieved by a good coach. Not Terry spewing nonsense like "what got him here is gonna keep him" here or "Kev if I knew I would fix it" or "He has to figure it out."

Mexpert
Mexpert

@theglider You are clueless just watch and root for the good guys stop analyzing you are not good at that.

Mexpert
Mexpert

@theglider Did you forget Duda was sent down last year because of poor hitting/coaching and he was much better upon return. Lagares was straight from Wall and Terry complains that Lagares failed to follow team approach so he was benched and would have started the season on the bench the way he was behind Ankiel. You are forgetful.

theglider
theglider

He needs one game off. You can't have a catcher with a history of injuries play in seven straight games.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@robby @mets2death @hankincolo Remember when Turk threw his glove into the stands. That was crazy. He also happens to  live one county to the south of mine. Small world.

mets2death
mets2death

@theglider If todays was a 1 pm game I would say definitely, I would think he would get either saturday on sunday off though

hankincolo
hankincolo

@robby @hankincolo @mets2death I'll see your cow dung and raise you a cat barf.

theglider
theglider

He'll probably get off Sunday with the day following the night game. It's tempting to use him as much as possible but catchers need a break when it's 95 out. I wouldn't be surprised if he's off tomorrow.