His recent success, including a go-ahead single in the ninth inning on Friday, has entrenched him in the fifth spot in the lineup, where he once again started on Saturday against the Padres. Batting d'Arnaud fifth, manager Terry Collins said, has also given cleanup hitter Lucas Duda the type of protection he lacked for most of the early season. And that's precisely what the Mets envisioned when they traded for d'Arnaud two offseasons ago, believing they'd found a middle-of-the-order bat for years to come. He is batting .318 with three home runs and a .357 on-base percentage in 17 games since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas, compared with .180 with three home runs and a .271 OBP in 39 games to start the season.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored against the Padres on Friday.
d’Arnaud, who to this point is most famous for being involved in two separate trades involving Cy Young Award-winning pitchers, put together a nice little game on Friday. After a rough start to the season, the 25-year-old is performing well enough recently to avoid another minor league stint considering he has now reached base in 16 of 17 games.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud enters the 2014 All-Star break with a .217 batting average, six home runs, 19 RBIs, 18 runs scored and a stolen base.
d'Arnaud has been hindered by a stint on the disabled list and a trip to the Minor Leagues, as he has made it into just 55 games this year. The 25-year-old former top prospect has shown flashes of power, but he has yet to live up to his potential at the plate. d'Arnaud is not worth attention in mixed leagues at this time, but he must be owned in all two-catcher and NL-only formats in case he is able to turn things around in the second half.