In yesterday’s 14-5 win over the Rangers, Lucas Duda went 4 for 5 with four RBI, including three doubles, one of which came with the bases loaded.
In his last three starts, Duda is 7 for 12 with five RBI and just one strikeout.
After the game, Duda spoke with reporters and basically said his performance was a big confidence builder and he hopes to be able to build on that.
Earlier this week, Terry Collins told reporters Duda has issues with his confidence and whether or not he belongs in the Major Leagues, and over the past year, Duda himself has questioned his own ability to be a major league player. It’s strange because when he’s been on a roll over the past year, he has been tough for opposing pitchers to contain like he was yesterday afternoon, and obviously he’s been a big minor league player in his career as well.
I’m not sure how Duda factors into the long term plans for the Mets. Collins has said Duda is going to get an opportunity to play first base while Ike Davis is out, but I have to think his confidence is going to be a big determining factor in his future no matter where he plays, considering that typically translates into production for a player. I think he’s a talented hitter with a ton of power, and his ability as a left handed hitter to pull the ball plays into the strengths of Citi Field, as it seems the right field corner is an easier area to drive balls out of there. Perhaps this issue with his confidence is just part of the maturation process for him, but if he isn’t strong mentally, the game is going to dominate him.