Travis d’Arnaud is projected to start at catcher tonight for the New York Mets — it was a long time coming and a freak injury in his foot may have slowed down his progress, but we all knew it was inevitable. D’Arnaud was likely going to make his debut in September anyway, but with John Buck leaving the team while his wife (finally) delivers their next child, he’s getting the call a couple weeks earlier. Joe D. noted in a post yesterday on MetsMerizedOnline that Sandy Alderson has indicated that d’Arnaud could stick with the big club even when John Buck returns — and honestly, if he finds success, why wouldn’t he?
But that’s not all that has been going on recently. Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard have tossed 12.0 shutout innings between them with 18 strikeouts this week — and Zack Wheeler provided a dozen strikeouts in six innings of one-run ball two days ago. Jon Niese‘s recovery from injury seemed to have gone smoothly, as he tossed six quality innings of his own last night. And tonight, Jenrry Mejia takes the mound for what is likely to be d’Arnaud’s debut coming off a string of strong outings for the Mets.
Who else might be a part of tonight’s game? Oh, none other than the hot-hitting Wilmer Flores, who could return from his ankle injury to start at third base again tonight. So we could see a game where Flores, d’Arnaud, and Mejia are all involved — while Montero, Syndergaard, and Wheeler have all had excellent weeks, and Matt Harvey hasn’t even pitched against the Padres yet. I didn’t even mention our defensive wizard of a center fielder these days, Juan Lagares.
Opportunity is at the door for the Mets — and it isn’t just knocking, it’s breaking down the entire door. Because the future is starting to arrive in full force. As I said before, the Mets rotation is about to put the entire NL on notice, and they’re about to get their future battery mate behind the plate tonight for the first time.
Good luck in your debut, kid…you’ll hit the lights out once you get comfortable, I’m sure.
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