Mets Monday! First Of The Season!
When the Mets came into Spring Training this year, most of their positions were already settled. Sure, we wonder how David Wright and Neil Walker will bounce back from back surgery, but for the most part the line-up is settled. That's not to say that we would like to see some positive steps from certain players.
2 of those players are Michael Conforto and Travia d'Arnaud. The outfielder and catcher had down seasons after being talked up as corner stone pieces for the organization for the better part of the next half decade. Conforto ended up hitting for just a .220 batting average and 12 homeruns. Travis, who ends up on the DL more times than it seems is actually phyically possible, had a better average but for almost no power. A .247 batting average and just 4 homeruns.
These two players NEED to round into form if the Mets are going to be good this year. Yes, they have Jay Bruce, yes they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, yes they have the big 3 pitchers on the mound. But with Duda already needing a cortisone shot in both his hips, David Wright as an unknown and a rotating outfield of Grandy, Yo and Bruce, they need PRODUCTION from young players like Conforto and tDa.
Thankfully, it would seem that they both came with chips on their shoulders and a desire to show that they belong in the big leagues.
This weekend, which was the start of Spring Training competition, had Conforto going 5-7 in the first 3 games with 2 homers. tDa is already hitting .600 in the early Spring Training season, and had been working with the Mets new third base coach, Glenn Sherlock, who is also a catching coach. They went all of last season without one, and hopefully this will help tDa stay comfortable in his fielding game and lend itself to stability in his hitting game.
Regardless, the Mets need these 2 young players to play well for them, and this Spring Training they've been doing just that so far. Let's hope they keep it up.