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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
d'Arnaud snaps skid; TC laments team funk

By Adam Rubin

ATLANTA -- Travis d’Arnaud snapped an 0-for-16 drought to open the season with a two-hit game Tuesday.

Still, after the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-0, Terry Collins noted the whole lineup needs to start clicking.

The Mets had mustered only two hits through six innings against former teammate Aaron Harang. And several key players have been exceptionally quiet through seven games of the season.

David Wright is hitless in his past 12 at-bats and is hitting .192. Curtis Granderson is hitting .154. Lucas Duda is hitting .167. Eric Young Jr. is at .174. And d’Arnaud is at .105. Daniel Murphy is hitting a modest .250.

The Mets collectively are hitting .192 for the season and have struck out 70 times in 219 at-bats.

“We’ve got to swing the bats better,” Collins said. “That’s no secret. If you ever told me David Wright would be hitting .200 at the beginning of the year, I would have laughed. I’ve never seen him not hit over .300 for at least three-quarters of the season, if not the whole season.

“We’ve got to get it going. We’ve got to get Eric on. Murph’s not swinging like he can. David is not. And I know Grandy’s not.

“I know when those guys get going, this is going to be a different club. And you know they’re going to get going because their baseball cards say so.

“Right now, our pitching has held us in there.”

Meanwhile, d’Arnaud said he did feel relief after singling in the fourth. He also doubled and scored in his next at-bat.

“It felt good to see that first hit go through,” d’Arnaud said. “It was relieving.”