Biggest Disappointment: Catchers
It was a rough month of April for the New York Mets at the catcher spot. Travis d’Arnaud had to undergo Tommy John surgery and Kevin Plawecki fractured his hand all before April 13. With those injuries, the new catchers in Queens are a rookie in Tomas Nido and journeyman Jose Lobaton.
Nido and Lobaton have good defensive value, but the Mets aren’t getting much offense out of that position. The two catchers are a combined 8-for-52 (.154) with four RBI and two extra-base hits (both by Lobaton).
Now, it was a given with the injuries that catcher wasn’t going to be relied upon on offense, but those numbers show New York needs to try to find someone to help at that position between now and the trade deadline.
Without an upgrade at that spot, the bottom of the lineup is easier to navigate for opposing pitchers with the Mets hitting their pitcher in the number eight spot and Amed Rosario hitting .238 down at the number nine spot in the lineup.
It was a close call between the catchers and the back end of the rotation for the biggest disappointment. Matt Harvey is now in the bullpen, Jason Vargas struggled in his first start as a Met, and Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz have been inconsistent. If you combine those four pitchers, they have an ERA of 5.87.