Devin Mesoraco‘s best season came back in 2014, where he launched 25 homers, drove in 80 runs and hit to a .273/.359/.534 clip in 440 plate appearances.
This earned him a four-year, $28 million contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately, his next three seasons would be marred by injuries and he failed to play more than 56 games in any given season.
The Mets, in need of a catcher and looking to shed a player of their own in need of a change of scenery, took a flyer on Mesoraco.
New York was in Cincinnati at the time of the trade, so he merely had to switch dugouts to join his new squad. It must have been strange, however, taking pitches in the batter’s box at Great American Ballpark for another team.
Regardless, it was a much needed clean start for Mesoraco, who is now looking to reestablish himself with the Mets.
He began his career in blue and orange going 0-for-8, but broke out in a big way on Friday, launching a home run in the ninth inning to give New York a 3-1 lead.
“That was cool,” Mesoraco said. “[Conforto] got the big one and I was thinking [Phillies closer Hector Neris] was going to try to get ahead, so I jumped on the first one.”
The Mets were down 1-0 when Michael Conforto launched a two-run shot to give New York the lead. The Amazin’s were hardly done finishing their celebration when Mesoraco launched his tater.
“I just heard a loud crack and watched Mesoraco’s go,” Conforto said. “That just multiplied [the energy in the dugout]. It was a fun 30 seconds or so.”
While the offense aspect is important, Mesoraco’s focus is on learning his staff.
Upon being acquired by the Mets, he watched footage of his pitchers from the last three weeks to help gain a better understanding of them.
“I think I definitely can’t put as much time into [the offense] because my first priority is always going to be these pitchers,” Mesoraco said. “When you’re coming in and you’re new, you really want to show those guys that you care about them and you really put the time and effort in to help their career. That’s my main focus right now, and I’ll get going offensively, for sure.”
Since Travis d’Arnaud has gone down with injury and will miss the remainder of the season and Kevin Plawecki being sidelined for the next few weeks, the Mets will need a strong presence behind the dish.
Hopefully, Mesoraco can be that guy.