J.D. Davis was already one of the Mets’ hottest hitters entering Sunday. Then he got a chance to face the pitcher he has historically pummeled for extra-base hits.
The Mets third baseman didn’t let the matchup go to waste.
Davis took Nationals southpaw Patrick Corbin deep for a two-run home run in the first inning on the way to a three-hit day in the Mets’ 4-0 win on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
“There were a lot of things that happened defensively that really sent a message and set the tone, but him making that swing and putting us out front, that gave us a lot of momentum to roll through the rest of the game,” Pete Alonso said. “It was a hell of a swing and he had a hell of a day today.”
After going 2-for-2 against Corbin, Davis is now 9-for-28 with three doubles and four home runs against the left-hander. The four round-trippers are the most Davis has against any pitcher.
Davis settled for a single against Corbin to lead off the fourth inning, but eventually came around to score on James McCann’s RBI single to make it 3-0.
“Just one of those things that you see the ball well off of him,” Davis said. “You can time him up pretty good, at least for me personally. But I don’t know. I don’t want to take any credit away from him, he is an ace. He does deserve some respect, so I’m not going to come up here and say how easy it is. But it’s just one of those things in baseball where you have a little more success against one individual pitcher. Corbin would be that guy.”
Davis’ defense has been spotty at third base, especially this past week when he committed three errors across two games against the Cubs. But his bat has remained a force — he’s now batting .414 through 10 games — giving manager Luis Rojas plenty of reasons to keep him in the lineup while he works to shore up his glove.
Rojas even bumped Davis up to hit in the cleanup spot Sunday for the first time this season, putting Alonso in the two-hole and batting Francisco Lindor third.
“He was on,” Rojas said. “He was full grasp, on the ground early. … You could tell he was a tough out today. … Right now, he’s swinging the way he’s swinging when he’s on fire that we’ve seen him in the past.”