Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Frustration Builds for D'arnaud

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Frustration Builds for D'arnaud

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SAN FRANCISCO - The frustration boiled over Friday night.

Through his season-long slump, Travis d'Arnaud has remained upbeat, stating his intention to stay true to his process in the plate to help him work out of his funk.

After another hitless game Friday against the Giants, d'Arnaud acknowledged it becomes hard to trust that process when it's not working, all while offering a blunt criticism of his performance thus far in the 2014 season.

"I still got confidence. I got to be better than this," d'Arnaud said after the Mets' 4-2 loss Friday to the Giants. "This is unacceptable for me."

In his first full season as the Mets' catcher, d'Arnaud is struggling to produce offensively, as he entered Saturday batting just .180. Since returning from the disabled list May 29, d'Arnaud, who was sidelined with a concussion, was hitting .115.

He did not start Saturday's late game against San Francisco, as there is a day game today.

"I'm frustrated with myself right now," d'Arnaud said. "I've got some work to do."

When the Mets acquired d'Arnaud in 2012 as the centerpiece of the package they received for Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, they received a top catching prospect who potentially could change games with his bat -- a prized commodity for baseball teams.

D'Arnaud debuted last year, and while showing some promise, he batted just .202 with a .286 on-base percentage in 99 at-bats. He had one homer and five RBI.

Entering this season, the expectation was d'Arnaud would improve and showcase why he had been such a touted prospect in the minors. Instead, d'Arnaud has posted worse numbers than he did in 2013, although he has displayed more power. In Thursday's loss to the Cubs, d'Arnaud was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning of a one-run game.

D'Arnaud said he needs to "slow the game down" and that he's trying to do too much at the plate, which happens when players are going through slumps. …

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