JD Davis It was a rehabilitation project when the New York Mets bought him from the Houston Astros before the 2019 season. The former top prospect had a career .194 / .260 / .321 slash line with him in Queens before experiencing the breakout season last year.
Davis has been very successful in working with Mets’ Chilean Davis coach. Chile Davis helped improve the swing and make major in-game adjustments throughout the year. Davis achieved .307 / .369 / .527 with 22 home runs, 22 doubles, 57 RBIs and .895 OPS. According to Fangraph’s Way Trunk Reated Plus (wRC +), Davis was the third most productive batter on Mets’ wRC +.
Davis hasn’t had the same level of success this season. Because his number is declining overall. After another 3-0 match on Tuesday, the 27-year-old has now reached .250 / .373 / .394, earning .767 OPS and 119 wRC +.
Davis started the hot season, hitting .320 / .393 / .560 in the first 25 at-bats in July, but has been struggling to find a lot of consistency ever since. Mets Beat Writer Disha Torcer Davis of the New York Daily News talked to Davis about his fight, and third baseman talked about missing guidance on hitting Chile Davis coach.
“It’s a little difficult that Chile isn’t here. But we understand the situation. He and Slater are doing a great job of getting us ready and keeping us moving.” Davis Said.
Elder Davis has been absent from the Mets dugout this season due to health concerns surrounding the coronavirus. The 60-year-old works away from his home in Arizona, and assistant strike coach Tom Slate is in charge of the field.
JD is just one of many batters who haven’t lived up to expectations from last season’s performance. Pete Alonso And Wilson Ramos I have also experienced down years. It’s unclear if Chile’s presence may have completely changed the fate of these three batters, but it’s not surprising that he helped.
“In dugout, Chile is really worth it,” manager Luis Rojas told Torser. “Chile has that conversation with everyone as well as the game. That’s one part we don’t have without him.”
In the absence of Chile, Mets has a prominent offensive season without skipping beats, and there are countless batters. But for a cerebral batter like Davis who needs information to make those adjustments on the plate, this season was a challenge for Mets third baseman.