What a novel concept it would be if the Mets actually went with their best options to win right away and bucked (no pun meant towards John Buck) the trend and tabbed uber-catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud as their opening day and full-time catcher.
To coin a phrase made legendary by ex-Jets’ coach Herm Edwards: “Hello! You play to win the game!”
This is no fresh newsflash, but d’Arnaud is doing a tremendous job this spring. The Mets are getting what they paid for when they shipped fan-favorite and reigning NL Cy Young award-winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays for the talented backstop. d’Arnaud is doing nothing to change the notion that he is all that and a bag of chips.
So far this spring, d’Arnaud is sporting an impressive .333/.417/.467 slash line to go with four doubles and two RBI’s while showing a good all-around defensive game. Buck, who is assumed to be the squad’s full-time catcher and placeholder until d’Arnaud arrives, has also done a good job in camp too, going 8-25 with...