Dodgers Mets Position-By-Position Breakdown
By Alex Campos
Sep 4, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d
LAD Yasmani Grandal– .252/.365/.426, 15 HR, 124 wRC+, 2.4 WAR
NYM Travis d’Arnaud– .293/.360/.551, 12 HR, 152 wRC+, 2.6 WAR
This question is completely reliant on which Grandal shows up for the playoffs. In the first half of the season, Grandal was arguably the best offensive catcher not named Buster. He slashed .282/.404/.526 with 14 homers and 42 walks vs 49 strikeouts and was named to his first all-star team.
Grandal has been battling a shoulder issue and has slumped mightily in the second half. His .195/.295/.239 slashline somehow looks better than he’s actually been playing, as he took a few days off after 11 consecutive hitless games and three total hits in 18 games (55 at bats).
d’Arnaud has been relatively consistent all season, and like most of the Mets has improved in the second half. It’s hard to choose against Grandal, but if he’s not healthy the advantage on this one has to go to the Mets. We’ll call it a push, but it’s probably going to end up being a Mets win.
Advantage: Push (tilts to Mets if Grandal can’t get healthy) (0-0-1)
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