Link Roundup: d’Arnaud Stays, Gee on the Money
With John Buck returning from paternity leave tonight, the Mets have decided to keep Travis d’Arnaud in the majors as their starting catcher.
The Mets feel d’Arnaud, the centerpiece of the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, has learned all he can at Triple-A. It’s time for him to learn the game at the big-league level, and most importantly, develop an on-field rapport with the pitching staff.
D’Arnaud is 0 for his first 7 at bats with 5 walks. He hit .304/.487/.554 during his injury-shortened stint in Las Vegas.
Anthony Recker has been sent down to Triple-A to make room. He’ll likely be back with the Mets when rosters expand on September 1. Terry Collins has been pleased with Recker, in particular how he handled pitchers and provided a little pop off the bench.
Buck, meanwhile, will serve as d’Arnaud’s backup most of the time. Imagine the uncomfortable dinner conversation between John and his son years from now.
Dillon Gee has been on fire over the past three months, posting an ERA of 2.27 since May 30th. In particular, his changeup has been outstanding.
On the occasion of Marlon Byrd‘s 20th homer of the season, Faith and Fear looks back at other Mets who have hit 20 or more in a season.
Real Dirty draws parallels between the Mets and Pirates, and wonders if the 2014 Mets can echo the success Pittsburgh is enjoying this year.
To do so, they’ll have to make some upgrades, particularly in the outfield, and maybe shortstop.
The Mets begin a two-game series with the first-place Braves tonight at Citi Field. For recaps and reactions, keep checking out Mets Today.
C D arnaud
Backups Tejada, Turner, Brown, Kirk, Recker
RP Hawkins, Torres, Rice, Atchinson, Germen,Feliciano
This team would be good for 85+ wins
To get to the next level though, they would have to trade one or more of the young pitchers for a superstar (not likely) so my suggestion could work
Starting pitching, pitching depth
Stonger defense up the middle (Lagares, Peralta)
Improved offense (Peralta, Ethier, Flores, D arnaud)
If Ike flames out again there are plenty of 1B boppers to be had. The core is about youth, pitching, defense, OPB