Mets manager Mickey Callaway expressed optimism on Tuesday that a platoon between catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki can work this season, adding that he knows how hard it is to be a catcher.
"I think what we are going to do with the catching is going to be very important," Callaway said. "And I know how stressful it is to be a catcher. I sat next to catchers the last five years and constantly talked to them about what they need to do on a daily basis. And it is a lot."
And Callaway weighed in on the offensive potential of the two catchers, noting that they each bring something different to the table.
"The good part about our catchers is they both can hit," he said. "And they both cover different parts of the plate, which is very good. Especially if you don't have a left-handed hitting catcher and a right-handed hiting catcher. So we have two righties that cover different parts of the plate. That's going to allow us to use their strengths against whoever is pitching that day."
"Two very good catchers that can get the job done," Callaway added. "Our pitchers trust both catchers."
Callaway also touched on the issues Mets catchers have had throwing potential base-stealers out, saying the onus will be on the pitchers to help.
"Our pitchers have to do a better job of controlling the running game for those catchers to be a little more comfortable back there," he said. "And that's going to be one of the things that we emphasize in camp."
D'Arnaud finished last season on a high note, hitting .297/.343/.656 in 64 at-bats in September, and said earlier this offseason that he did it by keeping things simple.
Plawecki also finished 2017 on a high note, hitting .364/.440/.591 in August and .283/.406/.434 in September.
And d'Arnaud said last month that he thinks a platoon between he and Plawecki can work.
"Yes I do," d'Arnaud said, adding that it will keep them fresh and is "definitely a recipe for success."
"Me and him are really close," d'Arnaud said about his relationship with Plawecki. "It just comes from both of our drive and both of our goals, not only to play in the postseason, but to be playing in November."