MIAMI – The Mets have the best 10-fold start in franchise history, but they have not driven out all their demons.
The catch position remains the shakiest position for the Mets; This has been the case for years, and with the word Wednesday that Travis d & # 39; Arnaud suffered a partial rupture of the ulnar collateral ligament in his limb, one can plant a large red flag behind the house panel.
Jonathan Lucroy does not sign up until March 12 with the A & # 39; s, a veteran capturer many have expected the Mets to sign. It never happened. They did not protege. Now, here we are with the d & # 39; Arnaud violation.
The work belongs to Kevin Plawecki, and the Mets have made it clear that they do not want much trouble from Plawecki, just deal with the pitching staff. Baby Steps
The irony is that Zack Wheeler competed against the Marlins in Marlins Park on Wednesday night when the Mets were aiming for their eighth win in a row and finally made the Dream Team rotation a reality, but now there is No d & # 39; Arnaud anymore, who came in with Noah Syndergaard in Sandy Alderson's brilliant trade with RA Dickey to the Blue Jays
Alderson had a terrific offseason and ended up with people like Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce and Adrian Gonzalez, but the hole at the Catcher was never clogged unless you count the signature of Jose Lobaton.
Mets decided to help the injured Arnaud and Plawecki, hoping for the best, and 1
Now it's Plawecki's job. He has to adapt to the next-generation mindset the Mets have promoted under Mickey Callaway. It's now or never for the 35th Draft 2012.
Plawecki has a lot of support from the front office, coaching staff and teammates, so do not expect any bold moves yet.
In this game, baseball always seems to find the weakest link. The same applies to injuries. The weakest position is usually the most vulnerable to injury.
The Mets are at a intercepting junction.
Plawecki is a worker. Shortly after the 8: 6 comeback over the Marlins Plawecki was in shock cage and hit with coach Pat Roessler the ball into the opposing field.
Plawecki arrived on Wednesday evening with an RBI on .158. Over the course of his previous 16 at-bats entering the game, he had only one punch – a single – good for a .063 average. He has to improve quickly.
The terrible A & # 39; s are already 4-8 and five games back in the AL West, so maybe Lucroy will be available sometime. But now it's Plawecki and Wednesday's backup, Tomas Nido.
Do not expect the Mets or Alderson to panic. This is not the style of the general manager.
"We are thankful that we have Kevin," said GM John Ricco, who is traveling with the team. "There has been a lot over the years," Oh, you can move one because you have the other, "but that's a position where you can never have enough depth, I really believe that Kevin took a big step forward. "
Plawecki has his chance, saying he thinks he's better equipped now to handle the catch load.
"I just have more experience and built relationships with this staff," said Plawecki. "I have no doubt that I feel very comfortable, I will play every day if I could."
Now it's up to him.
Plawecki must reward the belief that Mets management has shown in him. It's that simple.
"Right now we have to consider Plawecki as the type," Callaway said. "Do not worry about the offense, especially if you play every day."
Last season Plawecki got 29 games for the Mets. In three seasons he caught 144 combined games. Now the Mets are counting on him to make his way behind the plate.
That's a lot to ask.
The Mets stood wobbly behind the plate before this last d & # 39; Arnaud injury. Plawecki has to cope with the work or the Mets will be trapped again.