Mets’ JD Davis is doing everything he can to break out of the crisis

SAN FRANCISCO — JD Davis is trying to approach his slump in the way that has served him best over the years: with extra work.

On Monday, the struggling Mets DH said he’s done about 600 swings in the cage over the past three days to regain his feeling. When asked if that number of swings was an exaggeration or correct, Davis indicated the latter. Davis said he would normally have taken about half as many.

“Even the analytical person came over and told me to stop taking so many swings, so I’m trying,” Davis said before the Mets beat the Giants 13-3 at Oracle Park.

Davis added to the rush, going 4-on-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. It was a welcome sign for Davis, coming into play with a .188/.296/.290 slash with a homer and seven RBIs in 69 at-bats. Davis admitted it was a grind psychologically. Of little consolation for Davis, his 61.7 percent rate for hard-hit balls coming into play was among the highest in MLB.

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“A bit of frustration and trying to do too much,” he said. “If your numbers aren’t good enough, you just try.”

But Davis also knows there’s still plenty of time for a turnaround.

“[Sunday] I looked at the scoreboard and I only had 60-something ABs,” Davis said. “Pete [Alonso] was in the 160s. Sometimes I try to tell myself not to do too much because I’m still a little behind with the racquets, but at the same time I’m my biggest critic when I throw away a racquet.”

Buck Showalter stated that he received a positive report on Tylor Megill after a casting session on Monday. The right-hander has spent the last 1½ weeks on the injured list with a biceps infection and will likely need a minor league rehab appearance before he can return to the active squad, but that timeline has not been finalized.

Joe Pignatano, the 1969 Miracle Mets’ bullpen coach and the last surviving member of their World Series-winning team, died in Naples, Florida after a long illness. He was 92.

Bench coach Glenn Sherlock was set to take on third-base coaching duties for the series since Joey Cora was not on the team due to family reasons. Sherlock has third-base coaching experience, most recently with the Mets in 2016-18. Dick Scott was called from his minor league duties to give the Mets an additional coach on the bench. Scott filled in last month when Sherlock was on hiatus due to COVID. Mets’ JD Davis is doing everything he can to break out of the crisis


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