Travis d’Arnaud gets second World Series chance six years after Mets fell short

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ATLANTA — Travis d’Arnaud hadn’t celebrated similar this since Oct. 21, 2015.

On that nighttime astatine Wrigley Field, the Mets completed a four-game expanse of the Cubs and were headed to a World Series that ended successful a disappointing Game 5 nonaccomplishment to the Royals for d’Arnaud and his teammates.

“It feels similar everlastingly ago,” d’Arnaud said Saturday after his Braves won the pennant by beating the Dodgers successful Game 6 of the NLCS, sending the squad to the World Series for the archetypal clip since 1999. “I americium looking guardant to going backmost and extremity this twelvemonth with a win.”

The 32-year-old d’Arnaud had a frustrating regular season, playing lone 60 games due to the fact that of a torn ligament successful his near thumb. He returned successful August, conscionable successful clip for the Braves to assemble a tally toward their 4th consecutive NL East title.

D’Arnaud’s clip with the Mets was mostly defined by specified stints connected the injured list. It led to the squad yet releasing him successful May 2019. The catcher past bounced from the Dodgers to the Rays and Braves, who signed him to a two-year declaration worthy $16 cardinal earlier the 2020 season.

World Series BravesTravis d’Arnaud (r.) celebrates with Braves reliever Will Smith aft winning the NLCS connected Oct. 23, 2021.USA TODAY Sports

The Mets acquired d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard arsenic the 2 cardinal pieces of a commercialized that sent National League Cy Young grant victor R.A. Dickey to Toronto pursuing the 2012 season. In 3 of his 5 afloat seasons with the club, d’Arnaud appeared successful less than 100 games. D’Arnaud missed astir each of the 2018 play aft undergoing Tommy John surgery.

“I loved my clip successful New York,” d’Arnaud said. “I privation I had stayed steadfast implicit there, that is the No. 1 happening I privation I did implicit there, but everyone’s publication of beingness has their chapters successful it and I enjoyed my clip determination and my clip present arsenic well.”

During the regular season, d’Arnaud slashed lone .220/.284/.388 with 7 homers and 26 RBIs successful 229 sheet appearances. He’s been arsenic invisible offensively during the postseason — helium is 6-for-31 (.194), but the Braves worth his game-calling and beingness down the plate.

Mets Travis d'ArnaudTravis d’Arnaud with the Mets during the 2015 playoffs.Getty Images

“He’s been unbelievable,” reliever Tyler Matzek said. “He struggled done injuries this full year, he’s been grinding to get back, he’s been waiting to get backmost and erstwhile helium got backmost helium settled america each down arsenic a pitching staff: starters, bullpen, everybody. We spot this feline 100 percent and he’s been a freakin’ astonishing backstop backmost there.”

For Mets fans, it volition beryllium a 2nd consecutive World Series that includes a celebrated erstwhile subordinate of the team. The Dodgers won past year’s Fall Classic with Justin Turner arsenic the starting 3rd baseman.

D’Arnaud said helium inactive keeps tabs connected galore of his erstwhile Mets teammates, including Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Daniel Murphy and David Wright. He besides volition service arsenic a groomsman successful Michael Conforto’s upcoming wedding. There are others with whom helium keeps successful touch.

“Flo I speech to each the time,” d’Arnaud said, referring to Wilmer Flores. “I inactive propulsion jabs astatine him — marque amusive of him each the time.”

The Braves volition beryllium underdogs against the Astros, but it’s a statement the squad has proudly worn each season. That extended into a postseason successful which the Braves entered with 88 victories — the fewest of immoderate squad successful this year’s playoff field.

“We person been underdogs the full time,” d’Arnaud said. “I don’t caput it. We similar it. We each bask it. I deliberation radical had america finishing 4th successful our part this twelvemonth too, truthful we each judge successful each other, that is the astir important thing, and we’re going to the World Series.”