Travis d’Arnaud hitting well, made change to swing in Triple-A

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.


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“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.


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92 comments
Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Ya, he's "wonderful." Is his BA over .200 yet? This guy is flat out awful.

Michael Scarn
Michael Scarn

it amazing to think the same small change may have been able to save Jason Bay's career. i feel l like our minor league coaching staff has more of a clue than the front office.  i never got into the wally love but the players play him and he helps them succeed.  getting tired of the offense looking asleep after the 3rd inning.

Randy Dela Cruz
Randy Dela Cruz

I believe a lot of it has to do with getting stronger. He's admitted to eating a lot more and he does look bigger.

semperfi
semperfi

The only way Cambell is sitting on the bench is because he is hurt, he is hitting .340, I like Abreu and love seeing him PH late in the game or a spot start once in a while but Cambell hit .330 in June and is hitting .540 over the last 7 days, that's the best 7 day stretch of any Met this year, how could TC sit this guy!

semperfi
semperfi

It's amazing, TA hits .180 and goes to AAA and Wally and his staff make some adjustments with his stance he his is a completely different hitter, same thing happened with Ike last year and is now happening with Flores, TC and his staff don't fix anything, TC has got to go, Wharthen should stay, he does a good job with the pitching staff but TC and some others need to go, Wally deserves a chance, Met fans would fully support that change and so would the players.

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

I am going to know give TDA the benefit of the doubt for the rest of the season-I want to see him hit 10 home runs and at least make solid contact. I am a bit more impressed with his defensive skills. He pulled a slick move last night getting a called third strike. Saying this it is always a good day when Chris Young is not in the lineup. He is basically an automatic out. he had a couple of good days and Gary Cohen acted like it was the second coming. Still-we are a sad ass team and it falls on the shoulders of Alderson and Co.

Bill Vanwormer
Bill Vanwormer

Mgt knows, think their idea is drive Mets into the dirt, Wally is the right one for Mets and that's why will never happen as long as Sandy is there.

whizz17
whizz17

It's amazing how when Flores, Kirk, and d'Arnaud go down to Vegas and Wally teaches and coaches them they perform. Terry takes an hour to decide the line up, he can't teach these guys the little things that make the difference, when they come back to the big team Terry can't help them. It is painfully obvious the Mets need a new coach. Sandy has already admitted the Mets should have a better record, they lose way too many 1 run games, those games are where a good Manager can make the difference between winning and losing!

mi
mi

said it first week of the season, get closer to the plate

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

Nice job by d'Arnaut. Also, nice job by Duda so far. When Wright comes back, Campbell should be the everyday LF.

I'd also like to see Flores at SS for the rest of the year. That offense might score some runs.

William Gunnar Truitt
William Gunnar Truitt

WRONG INFORMATION AGAIN. 6 RBI SINCE RETURNING. IF YOU ARE GOING TO POST STATS AND INFORMATION, GET IT RIGHT MORONS!

gpopper
gpopper

I don't really think TDA is hitting well. I would say hitting better than he was. I'm still not impressed with any aspect of his game, but am more than willing to give him the chance he still deserves. However, I do look forward to seeing Plawecki come up and show his stuff.

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Lets see what happens with d'ArNOT, before we enshrine him in the HOF.

Meanwhile Duda is batting .250, leads the team in homers and rbi's.

If IKE was here instead, and putting up these numbers, the Ike lovers would be calling for him to be on the all-star team, and saying he's the greatest hitter we've ever had. Stick it in your eye, Ike, you're a pansy.

pj10
pj10

Backman working wonders yet again.

Da Lou
Da Lou

George Greer is the hitting coach @ AAA Las Vegas. Wally Backman, Frank Viola, & Greer met with d'Arnaud when he was demoted. Word is it was more mental than anything else. He had too many ppl giving him advise & just needed to get back to basics. And this is the result.

hankincolo
hankincolo

so here's a question. When the league starts to realize Travis is standing a little closer to the plate, will the league's pitchers start to back him off the plate, like they've done with David Wright? Even more important, will the Mets' pitchers brush back the other teams hitters, or will they wimp out and not protect Travis like they've failed to protect David? 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I think we need to wait a just a little longer before we can start handing out credit for "fixing" d'Arnaud.  Now that the world knows of the "adjustments" they'll probably start busting him inside.  PItchers make adjustments too.  Not always a good idea to publicize the ones you make.  But, of course, these are the Mets.

mesmo
mesmo

So, what was Dave Hudgens getting paid for exactly? It took almost half a season to notice that d'Arnaud was flailing and failing to cover the outer half of the plate?

Vahid Bacchus
Vahid Bacchus

Watch him go 0-20 in the next in the next 2 series

Christian Pezzuti
Christian Pezzuti

I love when you guys drone on about Backman. You really think he changes this mess?! I mean, it must have been all the experience he gained by being the manager of the D-Backs. Oh, wait a minute...

wingo43
wingo43

Even a sandlot ballplayer like myself could see that Travis was standing too far from the plate.  This team is hapless and hopeless.   LOL.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

If we are not going to use him we might as well trade him...I'm sure we could package him for a nice return....I'd rather give him a real shot at SS but that's not going to happen

vimets
vimets

I think Flores is pissed off.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

Every day Sandy tells us that we have the talent or record isn't everything. Well Sandy, if that's true than who's to blame? Collins is a bad manager that loses every close game. Good managers win close games. He doesn't know how to handle pitchers, starters or BP, and is a slave to lefty/eighty matchups. Hes just a bad manager and should be fired. It doesn't matter that we only might have won 4 or 5 more games with Wally, its time to get him some experience as a major league manager

whizz17
whizz17

He is hitting 300 since he has come back up. How can you say he is not hitting well?

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Haig Mathosian  Maybe he is, but would you say that to Ike's face? Or, is this a case of keyboard courage?

rico
rico

@pj10 BIG difference between minor and major league pitching.  Our AAAA players go back to AAA and the pitches all look like watermelons. They come back and whiff on the breaking balls. 


as for TDA "getting back to basics" that's what is great about the minors, the heat is off down there, and you can work on your game.


Remember years ago when Steve Traschel was sucking in the majors and he went to AAA and worked for 3 weeks, came back and was lights out?


Takes a mature player to opt to go down and work out of their slump. Wondered why Bay didn't try that


hankincolo
hankincolo

Sort of like,... see ball, hit ball? Early and often? 

stemog
stemog

@Macacawitz If he moved his back foot closer to the plate, that means he's got an open stance. The inside pitch shouldn't be that big of an adjustment.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Macacawitz I disagree, teams have advance scouts, they get paid to see what players are doing with their own eyes. I don't think they read Metsblog for intel.

baldy
baldy

@brian2740 As I recall, Wally did fix Ike.  Then they sent him back up and he had a much better second half.  Now he's gone.

dooley
dooley

To me, a managerial change is much lower on the list of priorities than finding upgrades in the outfield, shortstop, and any other position that could be improved by the trading deadline

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

Backman is in no way capable of solving all of the Mets' problems. There's no doubt he can fix some of them, though.

Anyone looking for a magic bullet to turn the Mets into playoff contenders is going to be disappointed at any attempts to find one, but at least trying to address one or two things at a time might eventually get the team there. A franchise shouldn't settle for poor coaching & an idiot manager who does things like bunt d'Arnaud in the 6th last night just because the roster is still going to have holes in the end. At least make some effort be good at the things you CAN be good at.

mesmo
mesmo

Nope. It's based on his success with the same players in AAA and his winning record.

rico
rico

@wingo43 anybody who had a TV could see that. maybe some couldn't see it on the radio.

mesmo
mesmo

Abreu is 40 years old. I'd say the difference in their range is nonexistent.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

@sandybgone @Dr. Jonathan Reefer I feel like Terry thinks he needs to make the perfect lineup every night but the problem is he is yanking these guys around so much that there is no consistency and it is making it difficult for these guys to get into a rhythm.  This should honestly be the lineup every night...


Lagares/Young CF/LF

Murphy 2B

Wright 3B

Granderson RF

Duda 1B

Campbell/Lagares LF/CF (unless he turns into Satin)

d'Arnaud C

Tejada SS


Lagares should always be in the lineup.  If Young is in though then Lagares would move and hit behind Campbell.  Other than that this is the lineup we should see almost every night.  Chris Young should be cut and a mid-infielder brought up to come off the bench.  Arbeu is strictly off the bench with maybe one start a week. 

rico
rico

@Nick Squatrito yesterday sandy admitted "it's not the coaching it;s the players" or lack of them. so he took the blame.  now hopefully he'll bust a move for a hitter or two before the season's a goner

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@stemog @Macacawitz  Just looked at the video of his double last night.  His stance is only slightly open.  If the purpose of the changes was to improve plate coverage on the outside corner, he's closer to the plate.  You start leaning over the plate and you're going to get buzzed inside. 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@hankincolo @Macacawitz You're right.  Of course the scouts would eventually figure it out.  My point is that you're justified in remaining skeptical until he shows an improved body of work over a prolonged period.  Even bad hitters will go on a decent two week run during a season. 

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

@Chad Michael @sandybgone @Dr. Jonathan Reefer You expect the Mets to field the same lineup 5 days out of seven like every other Major League team? LOL!! Collins likes musical chairs. 

TheRealSayHey24
TheRealSayHey24

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer

I think Flores is going to be a good MLB player somewhere - hopefully with the Mets.  Maybe not at SS here, but certainly Tejada is not the answer (the question maybe).  


However, how is it possible that the Cubs have managed to acquire a top 10 prospect at SS, in addition to Baez and Alcantara at the SS, and Bryant for 3b.  


Cubs and Mets have to figure out how to swap some hitting for some pitching.  

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer @Chad Michael @sandybgone My problem is moving Granderson from the cleanup, he is the best in that spot and I think Lagares is a decent leadoff if he continues to hit pre-injury.  Wright was never a cleanup hitter so I'd move him from that spot.  Too me it is mainly about consistency and putting guys where they have a good deal of success.  Yes, Granderson has had success at both leadoff and cleanup but again, consistency.  Since he is the better cleanup hitter than keep him in that there.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@hankincolo @Macacawitz @stemog He keeps getting good wood to the opposite field and they'll start throwing inside.  Then we'll see how fast his hands are turning on inside stuff.