2) Mets roster will not have J.D. Davis on it after the trade deadline
Dom Smith was my favorite player in the 2020 season, as he had an unprecedented breakout season. The same can be said about J.D. Davis in 2019. Davis was traded to the Mets from the Astros before the 2019 season and he blossomed into what I thought would be a full-time role at some position for the Mets.
J.D. hit over .307 with 22 home runs and an .895 OPS in 2019. Since then, he's hit .256 with 14 total home runs and a .752 OPS. Davis hasn't been anything close to the hitter he was in 2019. The most frustrating part of it is he hasn't made the adjustment to hitting high velocity.
Davis has always been a poor defender to put it lightly (although that scoop at first base in Chicago was outstanding), and that has forced him into a DH role.
As the lone right-handed bat on the bench in most circumstances, J.D. has been the primary DH against left-handed starters. The problem is he's slashed .212/.330/.294 with just one home run against lefties. That is simply not good enough.
The Mets have a big need for a DH at the deadline who can produce and hit in the middle of the lineup. Guys like Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha who the Mets expected more power from have not provided it to the extent that is needed.
J.D. has been given ample chances to come through as the DH, mainly because he's actually hit the ball well this season. He ranks in the 99th percentile in hard hit rate according to baseball savant. Unfortunately, he's in the 2nd percentile in whiff rate, so he's not making enough contact. And furthermore, this league is about results.
Davis hitting the ball hard right at defenders does nothing for the Mets. His inability to get hits consistently has hurt the team, and a lack of a position makes him hard to justify keeping if he can't hit.