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Lucas Duda is batting .333 since being named primary 1B

Lucas Duda is batting .306 with a .359 OBP, a team-leading three home runs and six RBI in 39 plate appearances this season.

He tied a career high with four hits in Monday’s win against the D-Backs, during which he also had two RBI.

Duda has started five of nine games since being named the team’s primary first baseman, during which he is batting .333 (9-for-27).

“He’s swinging good,” Terry Collins said Monday night. “You let him just get in that batter’s box and go get ‘em. He’s making a nice run at it right now.”

Collins put Duda in left field during Monday’s game after Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson were forced to leave the game due to injury.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I really, really hope Terry doesn’t try to solve his outfield shortage by putting Duda back in left field. I guess it’s OK for a game or two, to buy time until Granderson is feeling better and Chris Young is activated from the disabled list. But, honestly, he’s been playing so well of late, I’m not even sure it’s worth risking a disruption in whatever groove he has going on right now…

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

I’ve long been a defender of Duda and I’m not surprised he’s hitting so well to start the season. That said, putting him back in left field would be a big mistake.

For one thing, he’s not just bad defensively in the outfield — he’s unbelievably bad. He has cost the team a whopping 42 runs in the outfield over his career and even in his strong offensive seasons, his outfield play negates his value almost entirely. At first base, he’s a tick above average and his production overall is solid. In the outfield, he becomes replacement level.

There’s also the question of Duda’s defensive discomfort having an impact at the plate. For his career, he’s hit .274 with an .824 OPS as a first baseman. At left field, his average drops to .228 and his OPS to .743. There’s no question that he’s in a groove right now, which the team desperately needs to continue with the loss of their most effective player in Lagares. Moving Duda to left field to fill a hole would be short-sighted and hurt the team more than it would help.




75 comments
Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

He'll turn into a serviceable utility player..for another team..trade him while you can..

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Our outfield problem is the guys to the left and right of Lagates haven't hit. Putting Lucas out there is pouring gas on a fore.

CY is back in a few days and we will have to make do...like always.

p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

Hey Maggie, perhaps consider taking a stats class or two before stating the significance of his hitting ability while playing 1B.  His outfield defense is skewed by some idiot deciding to play him at RF in 2011.  In fact, he's got more starts in right than he has in left (and 1B).  He's a -12 in rtot/yr as a LF which, while below average, isn't as bad as you made it out to be. 

Rimo Chaloney
Rimo Chaloney

Small sample size.  Before he got 4 hits last night, he was hitting like .222 since being named starter.

Angad Gill
Angad Gill

this is not going to last for too long and it was against a bad team

Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

Ike that really a name ? Shocked he's this bad to be honest - needs to look at films from his rookie season

pj10
pj10

Still not sold on Duda. Yes he swinging well but his 4 for 5 game inflates his average. Take out last nights game and he's hitting .227 since his promotion.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

Looks like we found our leadoff hitter. Can Duda get on and have EYjr run for him?

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

The anti Duda people are gonna start to sound like the anti Murphy people all off season and for years. Duda showed some signs of hitting growth in that game.


If Ike had a 4-5 game, oh my goodness the love fest that'd result.


People Ike hit over 30 hoeruns that year because pitchers were challenging him, because mostly he was an easy out. Ike could be good again, but Duda is displaying hitting prowess with one hand swings in addition to his power using two.  

lfabreu cf cyoung rf---motherinlaw.

nymess
nymess

his numbers 24 hours ago were a .225 BA and .256 OBP, where nobody could claim "he's hitting well this season"...one 4-for-5 game later, and voila, he's hitting well this season? come on guys. 

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Time will tell with Duda...so far with Grandy I hope he does better than say...240 with 22 hrs and 80 rbi.

Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

Nah I like Ike but stick with the hot bat duda - grander looks like another Jason bay - but season so early to judge grandy struggles

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

Not really a Duda guy, but happy to see him play well and hope he finally shows some consistency. Don't really agree that he's a tick above average defensively at 1B though. He's probably adequate at best.

openmind6
openmind6

Duda is a better hitter than Davis.

metfan1969
metfan1969

Great job! Wait until the rest of the team starts hitting on all cylinders. They are going to make some noise. Lets get it going!!!

DerpyMets
DerpyMets

@AVSNY Good thing he was officially named left fielder, right?

Ceetar
Ceetar

@AVSNY Well, he's batting .000 since Lagares went down so I'll hold my breath.

tullydew
tullydew

FYI Jose Abreu is killing it w/ the White Sox.

He should have been our first baseman

charlienel
charlienel

I have always been a proponent of Duda.I want him to succeed.However, i watch his at bats and he hits the staight ball very well, but the off speeds and curves he is very very vulnerable to and he will not hit the good pitchers in the stress times of a game unless its the fastball down the middle, a mistake.I worry about this.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

I am personally an Ike supporter, however you cannot ignore that Duda has been playing very well of late.  that said, while the Mets have a -12 run differential, & a 6-7 record, I would put the strongest offense on the field...Duda in left and Ike at first. . bTW, you guys can't have it both ways. You can't rip Duda for having a .225 average but then dismiss his .306 average because of small sample

sylow59
sylow59

Anyone here understand the concept of Small Sample Size?

0/5: .185

1/5: .222

2/5: .259

3/5: .296

4/5: .333

5/5: .370

paqza
paqza

@Frank Accardi  Except for the games before it, where he's also been hitting for power.

nwmets
nwmets

@pj10  Take out all their wins, and the Mets are 0-7 on the season!

openmind6
openmind6

@Cmmetsfan

You are so right about the Anti Duda crowd. it's like his hits don't count for some reason, to those that hate him. I found the Anti Duda crowd also to be the most negative and angry type of Mets fan. The Ike love kind of reminds me of the "Set Valdespin Free crowd of last year.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

They had to pounce on this story while Duda's numbers are good. Normally, he'd go 2 for 15 after a good game or two. Hopefully, he'll start to produce regularly. Still skeptical as I've never seen him do it.

Jimmy P.
Jimmy P.

That's what he produces. Look at his career numbers. He's a .240 hitter that strikes out a lot and hits 20hr and drives in under 100. To expect Something different wouldn't be fair. Do you expect your Toyota Camy to beat a Corvette in a race just because you got a good price on it?

paqza
paqza

@tullydew  Along the same lines, Darvish looks like a Cy Young candidate. We should have been all over that.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@charlienel  He handled a curve well last night. Claims he's benefited already from seeing some pitchers more than once. Maybe he can turn a corner hitting. Plus it's fun to yell dude.

zoddie
zoddie

@C.K. Dexter Haven Agree with everything except playing Duda in the OF.  Awful idea.  Why not put Duda at short if only offense matters?  He can't play the OF regularly.

p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

@paqza @p8erbaghad Yes, I actually can.  Though regardless of my slightly sarcastic tone, the statistics used in Maggie's attempt to analyze Duda's defense in LF is greatly misapplied.  If you're going to argue against using Duda in LF, don't base it mostly on his shortcomings as a RF.  He started more games in RF than he did in LF.  28 of those 42 runs his defense cost the Mets came in RF.  If you're going to pretend to be knowledgeable in statistical analysis, at least know what those stats correlate to.

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

Totally agree. He will never steal u 40 but he can get 15 to 20 regular probably a little more. Wright does it and is not as fast. Just has to learn the league and who he can swipe off of. Also play it smart like Murphy, ball in the dirt take the base.

zoddie
zoddie

@Pete Brilvitch Really?  Because I've seen him hit .292/.370/.482 over an entire season.


And you know what?  If Lucas Duda spends 3 games going 2-15 and one going 4-5 then he's a .300 hitter.  Sounds good to me.

paqza
paqza

@Jimmy P.  Modern V6 Camry outruns an early 80s model Corvette to 60. Use better analogies.

zoddie
zoddie

@paqza @Shawn Mike Rolli No one in the clubhouse ever had a bad word about Bay.  Quite the opposite.  He was well respected by the young guys -- he always hustled in the field and on the bases even when he couldn't buy a hit.  Class act all the way.

zoddie
zoddie

@cmetsfan @openmind6 And sometimes it looks the other way.


Duda (career): .248/.342/.428

Ike (career): .241/.334/.434


Can't get more similar than that.