Lucas Duda is tied for fourth-most home runs in the NL…

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miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Duda hit a slider Wednesday off Jeff Samardzija, which missed the target up and in. Samardzija was missing his target all day, frankly, but Duda’s reactions have been so strong this year that he was able to adjust and fist it with authority over the wall in center field. Incredible job… Last year, Duda would have taken that pitch for a ball. Instead, this year, he let it fly for his 23rd home run of the season…

The question is: Can Duda do this again next season? Have the Mets finally developed a legit, long-term power threat, coming at the right time? Can he get better against left-handed pitching? Is he still a platoon-mate, or can he handle this gig by himself?


berkonavatarsmallBen Berkon: Needless to say, Duda has exceeded expectations. …The notoriously poor fielder has even looked more nimble at first base, gloving an impressive 6 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) over 926.0 innings. …Yet, with Duda owning sole possession of first base, his extreme vulnerability versus left-handed pitching has only become more apparent >> Read more from Aug. 20.




49 comments
rob3
rob3

#4 - Duda (who we almost gave away because the front office preferred Ike)

#5 - Byrd (who wanted to come back & the front office could have signed instead of Chris Young)

 #6 - Gomez (who we gave up on too fast because the front office preferred Milledge & Martinez, so we shipped him in the Santana deal). 


Oh well, could of been nice.  


semperfi
semperfi

Duda has hit .211 against leftys since turning pro, .150 this year in 70 abs, his #'s are incredible considering he has been part of a platoon, why mess with a good thing, play to people's strengths, not there weaknesses, would be great if we had Joey Votto but we don't , we have a very efficient platoon that's churning out some of the best 1b #s in MLB, leave it alone and focus on other less efficient positions like SS and LF

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

All left handed major league power hitters struggle against lefties, lucas is no different

metstastic
metstastic

Didn't Ryan Howard get a monster contract and he sticks against lefties too?

crafalko17
crafalko17

If we were platooning him with someone consistently He'd still have 22 HRs and we'd have a lot more production vs lefties. I'm okay with him being the majority of that platoon though. SS/LF are much bigger holes than 1B at the moment. With the way Campbell has hit, platooning him and Duda makes a lot of sense, while his power isn't there he's hitting .300 as a rookie and has a nice short swing.

simbad
simbad

The name that really jumps on that list is Carlos Gomez. Patience with rookies.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

If Duda is tied for 4th most HRs this season, it shows that either pitching is better or hitters suck.  However, I am glad he is having a good season.

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

Happy for him and is arguably one of the bright spots in another wasted season....


He should be part of the solution for next season where he will bat clean up since Den Dekker will be in LF with Flores at SS. 

fourwedges
fourwedges

Duda kind of already did this for a half season a few years ago, when he had 15 and 50 in 300 abs.

Alvin Ashcraft
Alvin Ashcraft

Too bad Granderson isn't tied with Byrd as well, given that most people expected Curtis to replace Byrd's production.

shea
shea

If Duda is doing more than expected and our offense is still this bad, one cant help but wonder what exactly management thought this team would do to begin with.


dave42
dave42

Notice who he's tied with - former Met Marlon Byrd, who wanted to come back to play for us.  But why would we want that?

From now till Spring Training, the only player the mets should be looking to get is Stanton. The question becomes how do you get him? Well, I would have no problem giving up Harvey, Plawecki, and Flores. The Mets have not had a clean up hitter since Delgado and to me its no coincidence that the mets have been unable to score runs since then. The mets need a 30-40 homerun guy to get back to the playoffs.

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

Boy, I guess we are running out of things to talk about.....

Jeff Solomon
Jeff Solomon

If things strengthen up around Duda, two things happen:

1. He improves with more lineup protection

2. His deficiencies are easier to overlook

Most quality power hitters worth having who play on a QUALITY team (remember this is The Mets quality is farthest word from their association) can hit a curve ball and hit in the clutch.  Duda cannot do either.  He is a passive hitter.  Curves often thrown in the dirt are meekly swung at and missed for third strikes.  In bases juiced situations Duda almost never comes through as well.  So, the answer is no they have not found a legit QUALITY hitter. 

Shea Alexander
Shea Alexander

I don't know why we keep asking the question can duda hit left handed pitching. It's pretty clear by this point that he can't. He has not hit left handed pitching at literally any point during his career, and there's no reason to believe he's just going to suddenly figure it out on the wrong side of 25. That's not how projection works. 


The more salient question is can the mets find a useful player to take his at bats against left handed pitching. 

exileinla
exileinla

And for 1 year of Granderson, we could have had Marlon Byrd's 23 HRs for 2 years also...

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

That, Terry Collins  and 24 other Mets will get you 4th place 14 games out.

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

I was wrong about the Davis vs. Duda debate. Lucas has really impressed this season. Hope it continues into 2015! 

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

well looks like they made right choice dealing Davis

drmetfan
drmetfan

Duda has had a good season but I'm not sold on him yet. Let's see what he does next year.

But I'm glad the Mets traded Davis away and not Duda.

lindro88
lindro88

He's a good hitter, but he is not in the argument for "best overall hitter in the NL." Best overall hitters provide more run production.

metstastic
metstastic

@fourwedges I was trying to explain this.. He was injured and with a full season could have had 25-30 HRs so him hitting like this over a full season isn't exactly a shocker.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@dave42 When he was willing to play for nothing they wanted him.  Rewarding him financially would have only made sense.....and would have been the classy thing to do.  Of course they didn't, opting for CY instead.  Then they wonder why people mock this organization. 

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Don't worry...Stanton will come here and hit 15 homers....

The Shea Curse !!

crafalko17
crafalko17

Will never happen. You are looking at Thor or Wheels +Harvey and like 4 other of our top prospects including Plawecki. And if he has a healthy season, he'll be looking at a 200mil payday

Merrill Needham
Merrill Needham

So we should go ahead and get Stanton. I hear that Mike Trout is available as well. And while we are at it, I hear that Tony Bosch has developed a potion that will instantaneously make Derek Jeter 15 years younger, but not mess with his experience. Totally untraceable too. But only if he plays for us.Oh, and John McGraw has agreed to manage the team next year too.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

When it's time, Stanton could potentially demand $150M.   He will NEVER play for this ownership. 

Mark Kohn
Mark Kohn

Duda has only had 12 ABs (out of 455 plate appearances) with the bases loaded.


Very small sample size to go on. 

Mark Kohn
Mark Kohn

are you watching the same games as the rest of us?

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

@exileinla Easy to say that now. Decisions need to be judged on what the decision maker knew (or reasonably believed) at the time, which is that a late-30's outfielder coming off a PED suspension was highly unlikely to repeat what looked like a fluky 2013. 

Michael Jacoutot
Michael Jacoutot


@Macacawitz @dave42 Our fans are so myopic sometimes.  Marlon Byrd (and John Buck) were traded for Vic Black and Dilson Herrera.  I'd like to think that's an even trade over the aggregate.


You all act like he was let go because we didn't want to pay him.  

grillruben
grillruben

@Macacawitz @dave42 

Would rather have given Byrd 2 years and got one productive and one sub par than sign CY, who everyone and their mother knew was going to be terrible for 1 year 7.25 mil. 


I know hindsight is 20/20 but I don't think anybody actually thought the CY deal was going to pan out well.

ventura_4
ventura_4

@Merrill Needham Your comment doesn't make sense because everyone knows that the probability of Stanton become available is very high. Not really an impossibility -  doesn't mean he'll be a Met however.

@Merrill Needham I don't quite get your comment but do you have any better suggestions?

shea
shea

@Macacawitz maybe more.....this market is devoid of hitters.   

Brian P. Mangan
Brian P. Mangan

@Jay Cross @exileinla I agree with your reasoned approach, Jay, but the Mets' decision making on Granderson was clearly wrong.

Even if Byrd came back to earth a bit, he would have been a bargain compared to Grandy.  We've got 3 more years of Granderson and he won't be getting better.

Michael Jacoutot
Michael Jacoutot

@grillruben also, nobody thought that Byrd was worth his salt and was invited to camp as a favor.  point being, CY was a risk just like Byrd and we all know you can't count on these moves to pan out 100% of the time. 

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Mets need two very solid bats. We don't REALLY need a top 3 hitter in baseball.

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

@Brian P. Mangan @Jay Cross @exileinla The results on the Granderson decision aren't great yet, but look at the process. Ignoring an injury-ravaged 2013, he was coming off back-to-back 40HR seasons...which I'm sure Sandy didn't expect would be duplicated at Citi, but I would imagine he expected lots of doubles and triples to go with 20-25 HR and solid outfield defense. 

I've seen enough hot streaks from Curtis this year to chalk it up to a "getting his bearings back" season and expect better numbers next year. I could be wrong, but ya gotta believe...right?

Ugh. I hate saying that sometimes! 

metstastic
metstastic

@nymetsrule But we are Mets fans.. We want the very best to come here and watch them flop so we can boo at them.