Travis d’Arnaud gets second World Series chance six years after Mets fell short

ATLANTA — Travis d’Arnaud hadn’t celebrated like this since Oct. 21, 2015.

On that night at Wrigley Field, the Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Cubs and were headed to a World Series that ended in a disappointing Game 5 loss to the Royals for d’Arnaud and his teammates.

“It feels like forever ago,” d’Arnaud said Saturday after his Braves won the pennant by beating the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, sending the team to the World Series for the first time since 1999. “I am looking forward to going back and end this year with a win.”

The 32-year-old d’Arnaud had a frustrating regular season, playing only 60 games because of a torn ligament in his left thumb. He returned in August, just in time for the Braves to assemble a run toward their fourth straight NL East title.

D’Arnaud’s time with the Mets was largely defined by such stints on the injured list. It led to the team finally releasing him in May 2019. The catcher then bounced from the Dodgers to the Rays and Braves, who signed him to a two-year contract worth $16 million before the 2020 season.

Travis d’Arnaud (r.) celebrates with Braves reliever Will Smith after winning the NLCS on Oct. 23, 2021.USA TODAY Sports

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