In the Daily News, columnist Andy Martino admits that he may have been favoring Ike Davis over Lucas Duda the last year, simply because Davis was more personable, and “one for whom I came to feel genuine affection as a person.”
Duda, on the other hand, is more of an introvert, as Martino describes him, and rumors and stories about Duda’s lack of confidence may have clouded Martino’s perception of Duda’s talent >> Read more in the Daily News.
This season, Duda has 20 HR and an .866 OPS, compared to Ike’s 7 HR and .705 OPS with the Pirates.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It was crazy long debate. I think I settled on preferring Duda this past April, but mostly because the whole platoon-within-a-platoon thing had to stop. I know I often agreed with Maggie Wiggin, saying a Duda-Josh Satin platoon could produce like the average NL first baseman (MetsBlog, Dec. 2013), but honestly I don’t know how I would have chosen if forced to pick between the three. I’m sure I favored Ike (MetsBlog, Jan. 14) just as many times as Duda (MetsBlog, April 2014), which for me was probably a coin flip at best.
In either case, it’s nice to see a reporter put his pen down to analyze his own performance as opposed to only criticizing others. This is a good lesson, for fans included. We don’t know everything, even if we often pretend that we do…