To preface, if Alex Bregman was not around, Davis would still likely be on the Houston Astros. Bregman, who finished fifth in the AL MVP vote in 2018 rapidly ascended through the highly competitive minor league system of the Astros and is now one of the brightest young stars of the game. Meanwhile, Davis, who just needed more time to become polished for professional baseball, got left in the dust of Bregman. He did crack the major league roster but struggled in limited time with the Astros. During his time in the Lone Star State, Davis hit .194 in his 181 plate appearances, with only five home runs. In those 181 appearances, Davis had 49 strikeouts.
The stark differences in how much Davis has improved has helped him to become endeared with the Mets fans so quickly. In Houston, Davis struck out in over 27% of his at bats. With the Mets, he has cut that number to 20%, while improving his power numbers. While he has mostly played the outfield for the Mets this season, don’t expect him to be there next season. Pair Davis’s rapid offensive improvements with the fact that Frazier is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and you soon realize that Davis should slide right into the void left by Frazier.
With Davis adding to the young infield core that has riveted the fan base with excitement this season, the Mets have seen their once famous young pitching core be pushed to the back burner. Make no mistake, no team wants to face Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and then Zack Wheeler in a short series. The focus has now found itself in the bats of the infielders rather than the pitchers. With Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, a now surging Amed Rosario, and Davis, the Mets have finally found themselves in a position where they have a wealth of young talent that stacks up with the pitching staff that held the team together for several seasons. The fact of the matter is that the Mets are playing well right now thanks to the young core that they currently have employed, and that Mets fans should not only be excited for how the rest of the season will unfold, but also the coming seasons as well.