d'Arnaud's numbers since his recall (at least one hit in every game except one):
13 GP, 50 AB, 15 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 13 K, .300 BA, .340 OB%, .560 SLG, .900 OB+SLG
Even though he still doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in his hitting (I think the Ks and the past track record have a lot to do with it), he IS putting up some nice numbers. That two-run homer was huge.
His defense is simply not very good though. I think that's supposed to be the main thing he has over Plawecki...it's nice that d'Arnaud is hitting for the moment, but if he really wants to hold off Plawecki, he's got to become better behind the plate (and Plawecki is starting to hit in AAA ofter a slow start).
Mets are now 8th both in RS and 8th in team ERA in the NL, for whatever that's worth. Though it's nice to see the Mets beating Atlanta, just because, it's not really that big of an accomplishment...beating up on Teheran (who clearly didn't have his best stuff that night) was great, but the Braves clearly have issues that were temporarily hidden by that 9-game winning streak...they flat out don't score and rely too much on longballs. The Mets average 3.97 RPG, the Braves are at 3.67, and the Braves actually strike out even more than the Mets as a team (not helped one bit by BJ Upton...how awful has he been as a Brave?).
Basically, unless a lot breaks right for the Braves, it won't surprise me to see them sink to right around .500 again. That offense is a lot to ask their pitchers to overcome.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 10 July 2014 - 06:35 AM.