d'Arnaud snaps 0-for-21 drought with homer

Travis d'Arnaud

Travis d'Arnaud

#15 C
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM31
  • HR1

  • RBI5

  • R4

  • OBP.286

  • AVG.202

JUPITER, Fla. -- Travis d'Arnaud had been hitless in 21 straight at-bats and batting .125 (4-for-32) in Grapefruit League play. So hitting coach Dave Hudgens spent Friday working with the catcher.

After that day regrouping, d'Arnaud snapped that skid with a two-run homer in his first at-bat Saturday, against Miami Marlins left-hander Brad Hand.

"I'm seeing the ball well," d'Arnaud said. "I'm just over-swinging. Yesterday me and 'Hudgy' just worked on keeping my eye on the ball. If you keep your eye on the ball, you have a higher chance of succeeding than when you don't see the ball hit the bat."

Last year, d'Arnaud also was guilty of over-swinging, although that involved "wrapping" his bat at the start of his swing.

"This year I'm just pulling my head," d'Arnaud said. "That's all it is right now."