The Houston-Red Sox-Braves World Series is the highlight of a reunion fall.
Boston’s two original ball clubs were reunited.
And the Mets’ original two catchers reunited.
Well, if you want to get technical, other people wore ignorant equipment in Mets uniforms before they were made by Travis D’Arnaud in 2013 and Kevin Plwecki in 2015. He occasionally showed potential (both first-round draft picks), but never retained it.
You know D’Arnaud has earned his goodness. The Cougars did not wait until the end of their first two-year commitment, extending the 32-year-old to another two years until 2023. And at the Minute Maid Park on Saturday, as the Red Sox tried to tie the American League championship series with the Astros, they tied Plavecki with his ace Nathan Ewaldi, their standard operating system.
It’s sure to carry out an audit on why the Mets couldn’t get much out of this pair in their major league brilliant years. Yet the more I watch this crazy sport, the more I am convinced that not everyone can get out of the womb and grow up in the Big Apple Grid. Many individuals need time and perhaps a change of scenery to reach their roofs.
Take Plavecki as a recent submission.
“Tremendously. Tremendously,” Plavecki said when I asked him how much his New York experience had contributed to his current productivity with Boevex. “I would be lying if I said it didn’t help me.… I learned not to get into anything during my time in New York. [in a January 2019 trade], Apparently. Not even close to what it looked like [in New York]. And I thought I’d never play for a big market club.
“Then, a year later, I decided to come to Boston. When I got here it was a different vibe. I knew what to expect. I knew what not to pay attention to. It really helped me a lot. ”
Plavecki has appeared in a total of 173 plates in 64 postseason games this season, .287 / .349 / .389. After signing with the Sox in January 2020.
Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said of Flavacci: “He’s always capable, going back to the draft. His bat, especially for position, is good. He’s a good bat. He’s young to the ball. They didn’t come together so we thought we might have a runway to try to assemble them.
“What’s happened is he’s been a great success on the field. He’s a real part of our clubhouse.”
Need a Queen’s kicker for this late blooming story? Plavecki, who was selected 35th overall in 2012, is one of two compensation options the Mets received for the Marlins’ departure for free agent Jose Reyes (another, collectively, the 71st brought in Matt Reynolds), credited to his former Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, and his fellow Arizona player in the offseason , For helping to find things on the plate.
“I hit a lot of groundballs. As you know, in New York, there’s a lot of weak contact,” Plowecky said.
He explained that the key was opening up his stride, which allowed him to drive the inside half of the pitches and identify the outer half pitches because they looked good to me. Striding open, the pitches I usually swing and roll don’t look good to me. … That was the last little thing that Kevin thought I could help. “
With the Mets in 2016, Flavecki hit the Grounders 56.6 percent of the time (thanks, baseball savant). This season? They were at 40.2 percent.
He has found some things under the bright lights of Boston, thanks in no small part to his time in the Big Apple. For both the Mets and the Yankees, this is a painful fact, an ongoing puzzle for them to solve: to ease that learning curve when learning is substantial.