J.D.F.A. Davis, Not J.D.H. Davis

The New York Mets just could not help themselves. Dominic Smith has been hitting, and he was looking more and more comfortable at the plate. It looked like he could be an answer for the DH position while splitting time at first with Pete Alonso.

But no, the Cincinnati Reds were starting a left-handed pitcher. They started Nick Lodolo. Yes, right-handed batters beat him up. However, not right-handed batters like J.D. Davis.

In a play out of Terry Collins‘ book with Michael Conforto, Buck Showalter (or whichever analytical member of the Mets making the decision) shoe horned Davis into the lineup. After all, if a batter is left-handed, they can’t possibly hit left-handed pitching.

It doesn’t matter that since 2019 Smith has a 127 wRC+ against left-handed pitching, and Davis has a 117. Since 2020, Smith has a 126 wRC+ against left-handed pitching to Davis’ 102. Anyway you look at it, Smith hits left-handed pitching better than Davis.

If we’re being honest, as far as left-handed pitching goes, Davis only seems to hit Patrick Corbin well, and that seemed to be only before this season. This season, Davis has been bad, very bad.

Davis has a 97 wRC+. That is despite his being shielded from better pitching. He was given every opportunity to grab the DH job, and he has a 31.6% strikeout rate, 1.74 GB/FB, and he is among the worst players in all of the majors in whiff% and K%.

Looking deeper, since 2000, Smith has a 100 wRC+ to Davis’ 84. That’s against all pitching. Smith can actually play first base well, and with Alonso completely regressing defensively with a -5 OAA, you can argue the Mets need Smith at first. Alonso could also be the answer for the Mets DH woes. Those woes were created by Davis being terrible.

Despite everything, Davis was given the start. He rewarded the Mets faith in him by going 0-for-3 at the plate with two strikeouts. His one lone non-strikeout plate appearance was pop out to first baseman Mike Moustakas in foul territory. Simply put, when you put a player like Davis into the game for his offense, you deserve to be shutout, which the Mets were.

Simply put, Davis cannot hit. He cannot field. For some reason, he keeps getting at-bats from the DH spot. Smith struggled and was sent down to Triple-A. Davis is flat out bad, and the Mets go out of their way to find him more plate appearances.

Davis needs to be sent down now. If not that, he should be designated for assignment. That’s if you can’t foist him on a team who still thinks he can be good. Good luck with that. Whatever the case, Davis should be much closer to gone than ever being in the lineup again.

6 Replies to “J.D.F.A. Davis, Not J.D.H. Davis”

  1. David Klein says:

    Dom has no homers in two years. Based on 27 at bats Dom is the best dh option internal or external? Lol. Oh and btw he failed as miserably as anyone before being sent to the minors. Get rid of JD and Dom.

    1. Alex says:

      Neither is a true player.

      But which of these numbers is higher?
      or 115?

      or 787

      or 1.5

      If Davis is terrible, then what are the other numbers? Oh yes. We’ve carved out only the numbers that John wants you to read. “Since”. LMAO.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Juiced ball and fluke BABIP

  2. greggofboken says:

    Well this one didn’t age well, did it?

    At least not as well as the 2015 schedule does.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Aged extraordinarily well

  3. TheGhostofKelenic says:

    I’m more upset you play Dom as DH and Pete at first in the same game. Yeah, let’s have the better first basemen DH so Pete’s feelings won’t get hurt. I hope the Mets lose every game in which they do this because frankly that is just bad baseball. Shame on you Buck for allowing such a travesty.

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