Here come 80+ “rib-eye steaks” for J.D.
When Davis plays, he will likely be batting in the fourth, fifth, or sixth spot in the order, all of which are big run-producing spots for any team’s lineup. He showed a remarkable ability to drive in crucial runs last year, as 32 of his 57 RBI in 2019 came when the game’s score was within one run.
Even if Cespedes plays regularly and McNeil is a fixture at third base, I believe that Davis will continue to produce and drive in runs, leading him to at least 80 RBI next year. Of course, there’s no reason why he has to stop there.
This should be helped by his power numbers; Davis was one of five Mets last year to hit 20+ home runs. Even if the ball isn’t quite as juiced this year as it was last year, Davis possesses a powerful right-handed swing that can take on even the Great Wall of Flushing, which should further boost his RBI numbers in 2020. Anyone who can drive themselves in with a long ball drastically increases their RBI game.
Whichever way you look at it, J.D. Davis will be an important factor to the Mets’ 2020 success. He became one of my favorite players last year, and I am so excited to see how he’ll contribute to the team this season.
Hopefully, he’ll come through with a few more walk-off hits and amped-up post-game interviews that inject a little extra “LFGM” energy into all of us.
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