The New York Mets demoted catcher Travis d’Arnaud to Triple-A Las Vegas right after last night’s game. In a corresponding move, they called up Taylor Teagarden. d’Arnaud was hitting .180/.271/.273. How much his recent concussion has to do with his struggles is unclear, but it’s not like he was doing particularly well before his injury either.
d’Arnaud, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey deal, made his big league debut last August and was almost exactly the same hitter in 112 plate appearances late last season as he has been in 145 so far this year. Of course, he is still technically a rookie, catchers tend to bloom as hitters later than other players and Las Vegas is a notoriously hitter-friendly environment. So maybe he’ll be feeling better about life soon.
The Brewers and Dodgers haven’t had much action in Game 4 of the NLCS, bringing a 1-1 game through 10 innings and about four and a half hours. We finally got something to get the blood pumping, though, when Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado and Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar exchanged some words with each other, prompting both teams’ benches to spill onto the field.
With one out, Machado grounded a 3-1, 95 MPH fastball to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who made an easy throw to first base to complete the out. Machado, running the play out, dragged his left leg, slamming it into Aguilar’s leg as he crossed the bag, causing himself to stumble momentarily. Machado went back and jawed at Aguilar like it was his fault.
Machado has not had the best press in the NLCS. He failed to run out a grounder in Game 2, then made a couple of slides in Game 3 that attempted to interfere with Arcia at the second base bag. He was called for interference on the second one. Machado hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt for his actions tonight.
It’s difficult to imagine Machado’s behavior during the NLCS will affect his windfall as a free agent this offseason, but he’s proving to be somewhat of a distraction for a team trying to get back to the World Series. And that’s not good.