d'Arnaud settling in after back-to-back multihit games
WASHINGTON -- Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud collected the first multihit game of his big league career in Friday night's win over the Nationals, going 2-for-4 with a double. The rookie came into the game 3-for-28 (.107) with a double and a home run since his recent callup from Triple-A Las Vegas.
"The first week or so, I was putting too much stress on myself, I feel like," d'Arnaud said. "I just relaxed yesterday, and it worked out for me."
d'Arnaud followed that up with another 2-for-4 night in Saturday's 11-3 win over the Nationals.
Manager Terry Collins said he began seeing progress in the Mets' previous game against the Phillies, when d'Arnaud flew out to deep left and lined out to deep center in his final two plate appearances.
"I thought the last game in New York he hit the ball hard twice, very good swings," Collins said. "I thought he had good at-bats last night, so I think he's starting to settle in and put better swings on it."
On Friday, d'Arnaud ripped a double into the left-center-field gap against Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann in the fifth inning, then lined a single to left against reliever Ryan Mattheus in the ninth.
d'Arnaud, the Mets' No. 2 prospect, hit .304 with a .487 on-base percentage in 19 games for Las Vegas this season and said he's learning to deal with Major League pitching.
"Just always be ready to hit, because you never know when you'll get that mistake," he said. "You see less and less mistakes up here compared to down there. That's what I've noticed."