Did the New York Mets blow their playoff chances?

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets of the New York Mets looks on during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 25, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Teams are wearing special color-schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players' Weekend. The Braves won 2-1. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets of the New York Mets looks on during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 25, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Teams are wearing special color-schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players' Weekend. The Braves won 2-1. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /
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Worrisome Factors for the New York Mets
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Worrisome Factors for the New York Mets

2: Players out of position

J.D. Davis‘ bat has been a godsend for the New York Mets but let’s make one thing clear: he is not an outfielder.

The righty’s lack of experience was exposed on Saturday. The Atlanta Braves took the lead in the 8th inning following a line drive single by Ronald Acuna Jr. to Davis in left field. J.D. then took his time and tossed a lackadaisical throw back into the infield and Billy Hamilton took advantage by racing home to score an insurance run.

Prior to this, Davis has held his own in the outfield as he has limited his mistakes to awkward routes to fly balls and the occasional missed cut off man. Davis has played well but as Juan Lagares has shown of late, outfield defense is very valuable.

Hopefully, the long-awaited return of Brandon Nimmo can help in this regard, which should allow Davis to slide over to third base where he is more comfortable.

Sure, Todd Fraizer is a better fielder at third base but Davis has shown that he can be an adequate defender at third while also hitting the cover off the ball.