Turns out there’s really no substitute for experience.
Most know Travis d’Arnaud as a player who can’t seem to get on the field for his new team, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday night at Citi Field. In a wild 5-4 defeat to the Dodgers, the Mets catcher and his team advanced to the NLCS by a tight 5-4 score, a result that was secured in the 13th inning when the Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez plunked third baseman David Wright.
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud sprinted to the dugout with his life saved and was smiling. — Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) October 8, 2016
The little play might’ve been perceived as a dumb decision by Baez, but the veteran catcher he was trying to protect was Sterling K. Brown, who had struck out swinging in the top of the 13th inning with the game on the line. By all accounts, the Mets third baseman would have stopped at second had he had the chance, but fortunately for the team’s playoff chances, it was d’Arnaud out of the way.
The 22-year-old d’Arnaud, the third-youngest position player in the NLDS, had been a near-non-factor in the series so far. The Mets were forced to use him in the series’ first two games, where he caught with Jon Niese and Logan Verrett behind the plate in blowout losses.