Luis Rojas says J.D. Davis benching for Luis Guillorme has nothing to do with bad defense

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J.D. Davis trots around bases
J.D. Davis trots around bases

After committing three defensive errors at third base in the past two games, J.D. Davis will be on the bench with Luis Guillorme getting the start, Luis Rojas announced before the series finale against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Rojas said the decision was strictly because Guillorme hasn't started on the road trip and he wanted to get him, as well as Jonathan Villar for Jeff McNeil at second base, more time on the field.

"That’s where the decision came from," Rojas told media members via Zoom. "J.D. is going to play this weekend at third base for us. I know we have the overnight trip for tomorrow playing at home and we’re gonna arrive in New York potentially late, or early, however you want to call it. We want him to get that rest and be in the lineup [Friday].”

It's a tough predicament for the Mets if Davis's play continues on the path it has recently. His bat keeps him in the lineup, but when is bad defensive play too much for Rojas?

For now, he's not going to indulge that question.

"Why give up on him at this point in the season when he’s put in some much work and we’ve actually seen some results in his defense at third?" he said. "We feel pretty strong he can go in there and hold the position and make some plays for us.

"The first year coming here, you could see it as a challenge for him and I think that’s why the decision was made for him to play a little outfield to have him included in the lineup because J.D. can hit. You’ve seen it in this series. He’s a really good hitter. I think that’s one of the tasks he took from that year into the offseason and he’s been working really hard and progressively, he’s getting a lot better from that first year. I think he had a good camp defensively."

As Rojas said, Davis will be right back at third once the Nationals series begins for the weekend. So think of Thursday night as a refreshing sit -- he could be called on in a pinch-hit scenario -- to wipe away the glove mistakes and start fresh.