The Braves should thank the Mets for Travis d’Arnaud.
While the Atlanta Braves moved to the NLCS with a win over the Miami Marlins by no means an unexpected win, most believed that Ronald Acuna or Freddie Freeman would be the catalyst that sparked a sweep of the series. Instead, wide receiver Travis d’Arnaud, who continues to emerge as one of the league’s top offensive receivers, pushed the Braves into the Championship Series.
d’Arnaud, who hit .321 with nine homers in the regular season and provided several key hits in Atlanta against the Marlins, was a nemesis for the Braves due to his hated New York Mets membership.
Travis d’Arnaud is a big reason the Braves are in the ALCS
d’Arnaud, who joined the Mets in the RA Dickey trade, was an below-average offensive receiver as a Met, posting a 94 OPS + in seven seasons in New York City. After Mickey Callaway dropped him last year, he hung on to Tampa Bay, where he tied the career-best mark with 16 home runs in 92 games for the Rays. After making the move to Atlanta, d’Arnaud begins to show the fall of his offensive star power.
Seeing Arnaud thrive is no unknown place for the Mets, as average players like Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner became legitimate starts as soon as they left the Mets in favor of Washington and Los Angeles.
Not only do Mets fans have to watch the hated Braves make their way to the World Series, but they’re doing it while a former Met in Arnaud fuels their high octane offense. If we’re being honest, however, Arnaud would likely be another middle receiver as long as the Mets’ permanent funk hovered around him.