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Plawecki’s slam caps 9-run 6th in Mets’ rout

Most afternoons, Kevin Plawecki heads out of the Mets’ clubhouse and into the heat for a catching session with third-base coach Glenn Sherlock, who has been schooling the backstop on his throwing footwork. The Mets are pleased with Plawecki, whom they feel has improved, slowly bringing his pop times closer to the league average.

Following one recent such session, Plawecki returned to the dugout and playfully bemoaned the other half of his game: an offensive profile that, entering Wednesday’s 16-5 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards, included a .115 August batting average and just three home runs on the season.

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