Oh, boy! Once beloved members of the New York Mets roster, J.D. Davis and Jeff McNeil have slipped out of the good graces of the fans. Patience has grown thin with the team formerly known as the first-place Mets.
Why have fans fallen out of love with these two? It’s a culmination of a few things.
Another loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the club’s fans fight to stay awake after a long week of trading in sleep for watching them, led everyone to think differently about these two.
Mets fans have turned on J.D. Davis and may have done the same with Jeff McNeil
Davis has been coming up small in some major clutch situations. Overpowered by fastballs regularly of late, Davis has looked like a flawed hitter and not the threat at the plate he once was. Already known as a flawed player due to his defense, the absence of his bat makes him harder to root for.
Despite it all, Davis has decent numbers this year. His batting average isn’t too far behind .300—something we can’t say about anyone else on the Mets this year.
Speaking of a .300 batting average, it seemed like a given for McNeil this year. However, after Friday’s game and one very bad call by the umpire, McNeil is now hitting .246 on the season.
At least the passion hasn’t left McNeil.
The Mets don’t “got this” as Pete Alonso said
Pete Alonso isn’t carrying the Mets. He’s dragging them.
In the 3-2 loss to the Dodgers, it was Pete who drove in the only two runs for the Mets. The first came on a solo home run. The second was a dribbler down the third base line.
After the Mets were swept by the Philadelphia Phillies two weekends ago, Alonso came out with some odd positivity and a claim of “we got this.” Clearly, the team doesn’t. He’s getting no help at all.
It’s not even as if we can blame it all on the injuries. Davis and McNeil, two of the big culprits of late, have been healthy but we can always question if they are working through some pain. Each spent significant time on the IL earlier this year. McNeil has appeared in 84 of the team’s 122 games. Davis has seen action in 48 of them.
It’s feeling more and more like heads are going to roll as a result of this disappointing season. I’ve already written off Davis as a player that will return in 2022. The team has shopped him more than Michael Scott did with the mittens he received from the future Mrs. Phyllis Vance in the season two Christmas episode of The Office. Unfortunately, the Mets can’t simply trade him in for an early 2000s iPod.
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McNeil, on the other hand, has been shown loyalty from the front office. However, with fans losing faith, they might be a little more tempted to trade him if the right deal comes around.