JD Davis will likely have to keep his stick productive to stay in the Mets’ lineup consistently in what could soon become a traffic jam of positional players once middle players Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez return to the injured roster.
As Jeff McNeil’s month-long fall continued, Davis led the Mets’ lone run in a 4-1 loss Thursday night in Los Angeles. He also lifted a key sacrifice volley in the ninth inning the night before to tie the game before the Mets scored four in the 12th to end their five-game losing streak with a 6-2 win in San Francisco. .
After hitting 0.211 (12 for 57) in his first 23 games after a 10-week stint on the injured list, Davis has now hit 11 hits in his last 10 games, beating 0.324 in that streak.
“He looks better, I think his end positions are a lot better, the swing line, everything. He gets to the ball, ”Luis Rojas said of Davis. “He takes it a little longer than he was when we saw him swing through [piches] Many times. “
Davis, 28, hit two home runs in his first IL start on July 17 against the Pirates, appearing to pick up where he left off by beating .395 with an OPS of 1.120 in April before suffering a left hand injury on May 1 in Philadelphia.
Rojas said Thursday McNeil will likely see some action in third and possibly left field once Baez (second base) and Lindor (shortstop) return from IL to form a new double play combination. McNeil is hitting just 0.167 in August (11 to 66), however, having been hitting four away Thursday with two strikeouts.
“He got into some good counts… but then he missed a few shots,” Rojas said. “We have to work on his approach, where he is able to drive the ball. … He’s a guy who can click really fast because he’s such a good hitter, a natural hitter. We will continue to work with him.
Davis also made his fourth mistake in 40 games (38 starts) this season on third base in the Dodgers’ fifth inning in two runs, tossing the ball after taking a single dive from Chris Taylor.
“JD played really well in third place. And he’s been one of our best hitters, so it’s going to be tough to take JD off the roster, ”Rojas said. “So we worked with Mac to stay sharp. … So he can go out there and get reps in left field.