It’s the new version of #LOLMets — pointing to Travis d’Arnaud’s prowess.
The former Mets catcher, who was designated for assignment last May, is rampaging through October, leading the Braves to a perfect postseason so far.
He’s produced at least one hit in all five Braves playoff games, and has driven in a ridiculous eight runs in Atlanta’s three National League Division Series contests against the Marlins.
D’Arnaud, 31, had the big blow in the opener, a tie-breaking three-run homer in the seventh inning. He also went deep in Game 2 and had a bases-clearing double in Game 3.
This all coming after a strong regular season for the NL East champions when d’Arnaud slashed .321/.385/.533 with a .919 OPS and nine home runs and 34 RBIs. Against the Mets, he batted .458 with a 1.542 OPS and 11 RBIs in 24 at-bats, becoming the new Daniel Murphy.
A highly-rated prospect, d’Arnaud came from the Blue Jays to the Mets along with Noah Syndergaard in the R.A. Dickey trade in 2012. Injuries were always holding him back, though he did produce well in the team’s run to the 2015 World Series, posting an .825 OPS in 67 regular season games.
He appeared in just four games in 2018, before undergoing Tommy John surgery. The following year, he was designated for assignment after just 10 games. After finding a home with the Rays, hitting .263 with 16 homers and 67 RBI in 92 games last year, he signed a two-year, $16 million contract this offseason with the Braves.
So far, he looks like a bargain, and yet another reason for Mets fans to wonder what could have been.
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