Lucas Duda hit another home run Wednesday, his 19th of the season, and also delivered an RBI single an inning earlier against Phillies LHP Mario Hollands.
Duda started the day batting just .153 against left-handed pitchers this season.
“Lucas Duda can hit lefties and right now I think there is that stereotypical thing that, because of where he hits in the lineup that he’s got to drive balls against everybody, but I just want him to get hits,” Terry Collins said after the game.
Duda has seven home runs in July, tied for second-most in baseball.
“It’s just amazing the transformation in such a short time period where he’s become one of the more dangerous hitters in the National League,” David Wright said about Duda after Wednesday’s win. “It’s been fun to watch.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m not sure what else there is to say about Duda, at this point. He’s starting to get national recognition for what he’s doing right now, and that’s great to see – for him and for the Mets. He’s a good story and I’m glad people other than Mets fans are starting to warm up to him. Like Daniel Murphy, pitchers are throwing him away and he’s going with it. His head is down, his shoulder is in and he’s slapping pitches away. It’s great. What’s more, he’s slowly starting to do it against left-handed pitching, which is only going to make him that much better.
Look, I don’t think he’s ever going to hit great against lefties. But, that’s OK. It is what it is. He needs to be in there regardless of who is pitching, though. It’s time. If he’s this team’s every-day first baseman, then he’s this team’s every-day first baseman. He’s earned that respect by driving 19 balls out of the ballpark. Let it roll, Terry…