J.D. Davis probably might want to hold his bat productive to stay within the Mets’ lineup commonly in what quickly might change into a logjam of place gamers as soon as center infielders Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez return from the injured record.
While Jeff McNeil’s month-long stoop continued, Davis drove within the Mets’ lone run in a 4-1 loss Thursday evening in Los Angeles. He additionally had lifted a key sacrifice fly within the ninth inning the earlier evening to tie the sport earlier than the Mets scored 4 within the twelfth to finish their five-game shedding streak with a 6-2 win in San Francisco.
After batting .211 (12-for-57) in his first 23 video games following a 10-week stint on the injured record, Davis now has rapped 11 hits over his previous 10 video games, batting .324 over that stretch.
“He’s looked better, I think his end positions are a lot better, swing path, everything. He’s getting to the ball,” Luis Rojas mentioned of Davis. “He’s taking it a little more than what he was when we saw him swinging through [piches] repeatedly.”
The 28-year-old Davis ripped two house runs in his first begin off the IL on July 17 towards the Pirates, wanting as if he would decide up the place he left off in batting .395 with an OPS of 1.120 in April earlier than struggling a left hand harm on May 1 in Philadelphia.
Rojas mentioned Thursday that McNeil probably will see some motion at third and probably in left discipline as soon as Baez (second base) and Lindor (shortstop) return from the IL to type a brand new double-play mixture. McNeil is batting simply .167 in August (11-for-66), nevertheless, after going hitless in 4 journeys Thursday with two strikeouts.
“He got himself into good counts … but then he missed some pitches,” Rojas mentioned. “We have to work on his approach, where he’s able to drive the ball. … He’s a guy that can click really quick because he’s such a good hitter, a natural hitter. We’ll keep working with him.”
Davis additionally dedicated his fourth error in 40 video games (38 begins) this season at third base in the course of the Dodgers’ two-run fifth inning, throwing the ball away after making a diving stab of Chris Taylor’s infield single.
“J.D. has been playing really good at third. And he’s been one of our best hitters, so it will be hard to take J.D. out of the lineup,” Rojas mentioned. “So we’ve been working with Mac to stay sharp. … So he can go out there and get some reps in left field.”