Mets 1B Lucas Duda returned to the clean-up spot in the batting order Thursday against the Rockies.
Terry Collins said before the game that he hopes Duda takes hold of the lineup slot and never looks back.
“I think he’s pretty comfortable,” said Collins (ESPN, May 2).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
That’s great. However, the Mets face left-handed starting pitchers Friday and Saturday, which could mean Josh Satin ends up starting at first base, again pushing Duda to the bench, until at least Sunday. At any rate, I’m not much for batting guys in the lineup because of their size or how they project or what tradition tells me about a ‘type of player.’ I want my most productive, hottest hitters getting the most at bats every game. That’s it. But, I realize, as obvious as that sounds, it’s not how managers tend to do things, which is why I don’t get too bogged down in debate over batting order. I don’t really care where Duda hits, as long as the team is scoring runs.