Michael Conforto and Travis d’Arnaud were two players the Mets expected to be breakout players last year. Instead, they both took a large step backward.
Conforto, who was called up for the second half of the 2015 season, had a coming out party in the World Series that year. In 2016, he struggled at the plate and bounced around between Triple-A and the Major Leagues.
d’Arnaud also played an important role in the Mets’ World Series run, tallying three home runs throughout the playoffs. Last year, d’Arnaud only had four home runs and 15 RBI in 75 games. The Mets’ front office continues to believe in him as they did not jump at any opportunities to upgrade behind the plate in the offseason.
Through five games, both players are hitting north of .330, with Conforto tallying two home runs to d’Arnaud’s one. If they can come through on the offensive side of the ball, the Mets are going to make some noise in the National League.