Mets: JD Davis keeps producing with the bat, but is a problem with the glove

Andres Chavez
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) hits an RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

After a highly productive season with the bat in which they were among the very best offenses last year, the New York Mets, before Monday’s games, are more middle-of-the-pack this time around.

Per Fangraphs, the Mets are 11th in weighted Runs Created Plus, or wRC+, in the early going, with an even 100. Basically, the team has been average with the bat, which is somewhat disappointing considering the obvious talent on the roster.

Players like Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Francisco Lindor, JD Davis, Dominic Smith, James McCann, Jeff McNeil, and Brandon Nimmo, all extremely talented offensive performers, play for the Mets.

Yet the team hasn’t been able to fully get going at the plate. Stars like Lindor, Conforto, and Smith have been cold to start the season.

One player that hasn’t had any kind of offensive isues is Davis. The third baseman has really struggled on the field, so much that the Mets often use Luis Guillorme, a superior defender, to man the hot corner. Even routine plays seem complicated to Davis, who is virtually a designated hitter in a league without one.

Davis is one of the very few Mets currently swinging the bat well

But boy, he can rake. Even though he missed several games with a left hand contusion after being hit by a pitch in the Mets’ second game of the season, Davis has virtually carried the offense in the last few days.

Davis is hitting .414/.485/.690 with a Mets-leading 222 wRC+. He has two homers and six RBI, and he had one of the best games of his career on Sunday: 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI.

If Davis keeps playing so well with the bat and so poorly with the glove, he will put the Mets in a difficult position. In the past, he has tried the outfield, but that’s also crowded. If Smith and Conforto keep struggling, perhaps Davis could start seeing some starts back there. For now, the Mets will have to deal with Davis’ unique, yet problematic profile at third base with no DH to hide his glove.