Who’s Hot, pres. by Cholula: Lucas Duda!!

Lucas Duda hit his 18th home run of the season, crushing a slider to right field in the sixth inning for a two-run home run against Jimmy Nelson during Sunday’s win against the Brewers.

Duda has 18 HR and 56 RBI this season. He’s hitting .305 with a .395 OBP since June 15.


MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers


“Lucas looks unbelievable at the plate,” Daniel Murphy told SNY after the game. “He’s taking the discipline we always knew he had at the plate and when he swings, man, he’s making some loud noises. He’s just been fun to watch.”

According to Murphy, Duda’s recent success appears to be giving him confidence that he can be in the big leagues, which is helping him relax and be even more productive at the plate.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Brewers adjusted and started throwing him a bunch of sliders and he eventually timed it right. Duda has always been a good hitter, but in the last month or so, he has proven he’s capable of being an every-day bat in the heart of big-league order. He looks incredibly confident and comfortable in the batter’s box. His timing at the plate is near perfect and he’s no longer reacting, but looking for a specific pitch and doing damage with it. It’s great to see.


Big Cholula




101 comments
Erna O'Shea
Erna O'Shea

has really come around - wise decision to keep Duda instead of Ike Davis.

Harsh Desai
Harsh Desai

lucas he of the sleepy eyes is wide awake-the new legares for the mets but i miss the byrd so

Jason Mundy
Jason Mundy

The got the team work to make the dream work!

SNY
SNY

...and he knocks in ANOTHER run! 2-0 New York Mets against Philly

Robert Zoll
Robert Zoll

He still has to learn how to play first base. His fielding is terrible and he has no foot work around the base.

Barry Napiello
Barry Napiello

I met his grandparents when they played the diamondbacks

specialk
specialk

Patience, something many of us could use more of and maybe an understanding that the people in charge might know a little more than we do.  I was totally an Ike Davis guys so I was dead wrong as well.  

Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

As much as we rip Alderson, he made the right decision keeping duda over Davis. Dudas numbers are very respectable compared to the best in the league. He has less homers and RBI but he is in the ballpark. We need to sweep Philly.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Duda proved that he's willing to listen and learn. One of the mysteries about Ike Davis is that he was incapable of taking advice from anyone, and became a sad footnote.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

I admit thinking Davis was a better choice. I was wrong. There is nothing negative to say about Lucas Duda right now.

Rich Singer
Rich Singer

Guess we won't be seeing den Dekker ever again...

Rich Singer
Rich Singer

Dan: WHO didn't want to play at Citi??

Todd David Ferrell
Todd David Ferrell

All Ike Davis lovers look up his current stats in an almost straight platoon. Not that I'm so thrilled with Duda but this was a no brainer. Davis is a clunker.

Bob Rodrick
Bob Rodrick

It's always nice to see that Sandy made a good decision!

Bob Rodrick
Bob Rodrick

The Mets' biggest needs are shortstop and left field. There is no need to give up their starting first baseman, who's having a good year and have a void there as well. The Mets have the means to trade for a shortstop upgrade and if they can sign a strong outfield bat in the offseason, the team is basically set. Keep Duda. No sense to trade. Absolutely none.

Kevin Lenda
Kevin Lenda

Be the first to admit it I wanted Ike instead of Duda but glad I was wrong. Keep it up Duda!!

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

Duda makes $1.6Mil this year and is arb eligible for the next THREE seasons (read: controllable).  He'll get a raise this off season no doubt, but at best to $7Mil (more likely to $5Mil....arbitration doesn't typically get you a 400%+ raise)

Trading him is a bold move....doesn't make it a smart move. 

Gregg Stone
Gregg Stone

Duda Doing the Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sheldon Forman
Sheldon Forman

Duda is most likely going to hit over 20 homers this season and shows that they made the right choice of him over Davis.

Dan Pacitto
Dan Pacitto

He didn't want to play at citi field...why don't people understand this

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

Duda made his major league debut in 2010.  He's played in nearly 500 major league games, and to this day his teammates and coaches are still talking about him "feeling like he belongs in the majors". 


This success is very fragile.  Trading him now makes all the sense in the world.  Which is why it will most likely not happen.

Stephen Lukas
Stephen Lukas

Ron ur crazy they need to hold on to both of them

George Komninakis
George Komninakis

Mets should trade Niese, Gee, Colon and Murphy for as much high end talent they can get in return and set themselves up for next year and the next 10.  We aren't going anywhere this year, our rotation is set up for next yr with Harvey, Wheeler, Degrom, Noah, Matz, and the 30+ million we save on those 4 players can be used to fill in the few holes we have with very good bats.  


Susan Murray
Susan Murray

I love him, that is why I sing ; all Duda Day after each hit or homerun:

Stephen Lukas
Stephen Lukas

Lucas not going anywhere. ..keep it going. MVP

Xavier J Medina
Xavier J Medina

Run you honestly haven't been following baseball very long..

Xavier J Medina
Xavier J Medina

When he was here for the st Lucie mets wed all chant "all the duda day!"

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

I respect all and like somebody told me they will agree to disagree and i respect that. I am just saying there is no harm in listening . i think except for Wright and maybe Lagares there should be hardly any untouchables among the everyday players

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

Duda still can't hit Lefties...His Trade value might never be higher! Never know.. doubt he has trade value. Find him a platoon mate. We can become the As of the NL East. maybe he will start eventually hitting lefties like Moss. until then, He is eminently trade able if the rights prospects came along.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Dan thats your choice i have my opinion you have yours i will watch . I will state my opinion. I am not a GM but lets not over rate Duda . I am proud of his success but to make money you got to spend money . if you want to build a team you got to take risk and move players at times. and if you can better yourself in a trade very few secret cows. If you want 4th place teams under .500 so be it. I am for bettering ourselves look at our record since our last .500 team if your happy with the team status quo . I respect you . But i am for progress.

Mexpert
Mexpert

@Todd David Ferrell Ike is a mystery he looked so promising and had a great start the year he got hurt . I guess the great second half 2 years ago was just alot of blowout padded stats meaningless HR's etc. It does happen. After seeing the likes of George Foster and Eddie Murray up close there are guys that can put up meaningless stats for bad teams.

Rudibager
Rudibager

@Marc Singleton Nah man.  It doesn't make sense.  We're trying to win.  Our pieces have finally come up and showing some promise.  So it makes NO sense to trade away players that are playing well for prospects who won't be up for a few years, and may not even pan out.


No sense.

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

Xavier, I suspect Ron is old enough to be your grandfather. 

gloveman
gloveman

maybe we can get someone approaching his prime who might hit 30 homers and hit .260 or .270 for him! Oh, wait a min........  

Rudibager
Rudibager

You are for progress, but you want to trade away any player that makes progress...


So you're contradicting yourself.  


We need to KEEP the good players.  Not trade them away for prospects a few years away and might not even pan out.  If you keep trading away good players, you never have a good team.  That's how it works.

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

@Rudibager @Marc Singleton I'd say the same thing if I thought for a second that Duda was anything more than a Triple A All Star having a nice run.  


But hey.....if he proves me wrong and keeps doing what's he's doing, and does it again for another full season, then great.


My concern is the guy is so fragile.  He's not a rookie, and yet his teammates, manager and coaches STILL talk about him like he's a 19 year old who still doesn't feel like he belongs in the majors.  

Buddha Joseph
Buddha Joseph

@Marc Singleton @Rudibager You're wrong.


Did you totally disregard the fact that he batted .290 and 50RBI's in 100 games for a bad mets team in his first full season as a pro? 


Did you also consider the pressure he put on himself while playing out of position? In other words, trying to make up for marginal/sloppy play in the outfield at the plate. 


I agree, his confidence will dictate his success, but he's proving he belongs...in a make or break year. 


Fragile people don't always do that, but time will tell in the long run.