In the eight games since returning from Triple-A, Mets C Travis d’Arnaud is batting .300 with three extra base hits and four RBI.
“It was all mental,” said d’Arnaud, who had been hitting .180 prior to his demotion (Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 18).
However, while in Las Vegas, d’Arnaud was encouraged to make a change to his swing as well, Triple-A manager Wally Backman told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender.
“The only real adjustment we gave Travis was getting him to move his back foot probably four inches closer to the plate so he can cover the outside part of the plate,” Backman told Brender. “When he did that, he was able to cover the outside part of the plate and he hit. He hit very well here. He’s hit pretty well since he’s gone back up to the big leagues.”
In a edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Brender sat down with Backman to discuss also Noah Syndergaard and Cesar Puello, the rise of Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki, and his memories of the late Frank Cashen.