Rajai Davis had another clutch hit for the New York Mets against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Has anyone ever done more with fewer chances?
Although he owns a rather putrid .200 batting average, Davis has made two of those hits really count. He now has 7 RBI on the year with all but one coming on memorable plate appearances.
Back in May, Davis ripped a big three-run home run against Sean Doolittle of the Washington Nationals. It was his first plate appearance for the Mets and a dinger that sealed the victory in a come-from-behind win.
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Flash forward to Davis’ pinch-hit on Saturday, September 14, you will find an even more important at-bat. With the bases juiced and two outs, Davis sent all of the runners home with a double to left field. The knock broke the 0-0 tie in a game between two of the league’s best pitchers, Hyun-Jin Ryu and our very own Jacob deGrom.
After watching him become the hero of the night, I have to wonder, has there ever been anyone to accomplish more in so few hits for the Mets?
Davis spent the bulk of 2019 with the Syracuse Mets where he provided them with a .287/334/.410 batting line and 20 stolen bases. The 38-year-old showed he could still play ball and use his legs to the best of their ability.
Sadly, the big league squad didn’t think they could use him much this season. After four games in May, Davis didn’t play a game for the major league squad again until late August. He has also made only one start all year long. This is partly because the Mets thought Carlos Gomez, a younger option, may have more to offer.
Well, Gomez didn’t work out so well. In his 99 trips to the plate, he hit only .198 and offered very little to a club in need of much more.
Even though Davis’ batting average may have hovered around the .200 mark all year, I think we missed out on a fun personality. First introduced to us with a home run after an Uber ride from Allentown, Pennsylvania, the veteran outfielder has been an interesting story to follow along with. How many guys near 40 can run like him?
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Fortunately, an expanded roster in September will allow us to enjoy Davis for the two more weeks as the Mets attempt to win a Wild Card spot. And who knows? If they make it to the postseason, we may always see him on the roster. He has a World Series Game 7 clutch moment already on his resume. Why not add to it?