Through games of August 16, the Mets had used just two catchers all season – John Buck and Anthony Recker. This is due to three main reasons: Buck and Recker stayed healthy, Travis d’Arnaud did not and there was no other catcher who deserved consideration for the spot.
But d’Arnaud finally recovered from his early-season injury and the paternity leave for Buck opened up a spot for him. Now comes word that when Buck returns, the Mets will keep d’Arnaud in the majors. It’s hard to argue with that logic – d’Arnaud is the future and there’s no reason to send him back to Triple-A at this point.
However, someone will have to go and all signs point to Recker being sent to the minors. Recker’s overall numbers are not that impressive – a .193 AVG and a .629 OPS – but he does have one stat that simply should not be ignored. Here is the Mets’ record when their three catchers have started the game:
The Mets have a .459 winning percentage overall but