When the Mets' lineup came out on Tuesday, J.D. Davis' name was not on it for the fourth time in the last nine games.
Instead of Davis being in the lineup and playing left field with Jeff McNeil at third base, McNeil is in left field and Todd Frazier is at third base.
"He's gonna need days off intermittently, right? We have the two lefties coming up, he's gonna play both of those games," Callaway said before Tuesday's game. "So today is a good day to rest him. He'll be impactful off the bench like all these guys are when they're sitting that day. That even gives us a competitive advantage at times. It's really just about trying to keep everybody productive, well-rested and in a good spot physically and mentally.
Asked by SNY's Steve Gelbs why it seems Davis is getting more rest than all of the Mets' other regular players, Callaway said it's "probably the toll that position (left field) takes on a guy that hasn't done that for a full season before."
"Michael Conforto has done it, he knows how to handle it," Callaway said. "But, I think that righty (starting pitcher) out there it makes a little more sense to sit him rather than (Brandon) Nimmo or Conforto. And we have a right-handed pitcher today. So your options are Frazier and Davis. When Davis needs a day to get rested, you go with Fraz(ier)."
Going with Frazier has usually been the choice when Davis is on the bench, though part of Callaway's reasoning for sitting Davis in favor of Frazier (the right-hander on the mound) doesn't add up.
Davis has hit .303/.364/.508 against righties this year, with that slugging percentage being identical to what it is against left-handers.
Frazier has hit .216/.292/.381 against righties this year.
Callaway explained that while the Mets don't view Davis as a platoon player and that he's "done great" against righties, that "when you have to choose" they would rather sit him against a right-hander than left-hander.
"You never want him to sit, you just have to sit him every now and again just to keep him where he needs to be," Callaway concluded.