Terry Collins will again use Rene Rivera behind the plate tonight with Noah Syndergaard on the mound.
In the two starts prior to his last, the Reds and Giants combined to go 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts against Syndergaard. In total, during his brief career, opposing base runners had 27 steals in 29 attempts. And, it was clearly throwing off his game. Then, Collins sat Kevin Plawecki and his weaker arm, in favor of Rivera, who is known to be more of a 'catch-and-throw guy,' and better and faster at throwing runners out than Plawecki. Nevertheless, the Padres stole two bases off Syndergaard and Rivera, who also threw one runner out. So, did Rivera actually help? I don't know...
Meanwhile, finally, Plawecki is hitting. He's batting .333 and four extra base hits during his last five games. Meanwhile, Rivera has one hit all season. I hate losing Plawecki's bat, especially since the Mets offense isn't streaking right now.
So, umm, I guess I'd rather have Plawecki. I mean, the best way to keep the Dodgers from stealing bases isn't the catcher's arm, it's Syndergaard's. If he can set LA down, and contain them at the plate, it's a non issue. I would've rather kept Plawecki's bat in the lineup for fear he might cool down with a day off.