Lucas Duda to start against Phillies

Lucas Duda will get the start at first base against the Phillies (Rubin, May 10). The Mets had originally announced that Eric Campbell would make his Major-League debut at first on Saturday.

The Mets said after Friday’s game that they were promoting Campbell from Triple-A. He was hitting .355 with a .442 OBP, three home runs and 24 RBIs in 33 games with Las Vegas.




31 comments
supermet
supermet

Campbell knows how to drive a run in with less than 2 outs. The rest of the Mets hopefully are paying attention.

supermet
supermet

After all the drama surrounding Duda vs. Davis over the last couple of years, it appears that the Mets want to keep Duda as the #1 starter no-matter-what now they have made their executive decision. So if Duda is ready to go against a righty, they want him in the lineup and don't want to hurt his feelings by sitting him for a AAA guy that may or may not be the real deal. This is absolutely not my preference, let's be clear about this. I was really looking forward to seeing Campbell get "Soup" chants tonight and come through with the big hits, but the Mets have made their choice and want to give Duda every opportunity to succeed. I don't think this was Terry Collin's choice to make either. I think Alderson makes all these decisions for TC and TC is no more than the puppet in the regime. If you want to blame anyone, blame Alderson for Duda starting tonight and throughout the season against rightys. Hopefully we face a lefty soon enough and get a chance to see Campbell in there for real.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

If Campbell isn't going to start tonight, what was the point of bringing him up here? It's very clear that the Mets need some sort of offensive infusion & that doesn't happen by bringing their hottest AAA hitter to the majors only to ride the pine. I mean, it's not like Duda is tearing the cover off the ball; he's hitting .266 with 4 HR. Collins isn't going to sit Wright, Murphy, or Flores to play Campbell. Could he play the OF? I don't see where that makes sense as they already have a 4 man rotation & if Collins isn't going to put him in over Duda, he most definitely shouldn't put him in over Lagares, Grandy, or C. Young in that each one of them are currently hitting better than Duda. I'm left scratching my head here.

I am really beginning to wonder whether the Mets front office & Terry Collins are on the same page here. I also wonder whether the front office has any idea how to handle young call-ups. When you call up a young kid who is in the middle of a hot streak, you don't sit him, you find a spot for him in the lineup. Lucas Duda is far from the future first baseman for this team; as a matter of fact, I am at the point where I would be surprised if they don't upgrade the position this offseason if Duda continues his mediocre production. You sit Duda & play Campbell for a few days or you leave Campbell where he is. My questioning of the front office doesn't stop with this Campbell move. It is pretty much a foregone conclusion that Mejia is moving to the bullpen, and I am not opposed to that. However, my issue is with the way they intend to use Rafael Montero. Once Mejia is moved to the bullpen, Sandy Alderson intends to call up Montero & throw him into the bullpen while sliding Matsuzaka into Mejia's rotation spot. Then, after a little while, Alderson plans to send Montero back to Vegas so he can be stretched out to be called back up as a starter later in the year. Wait, WHAT?!?! Why is he so intent on making this so difficult? First, he runs the real risk of injuring Montero by switching him back & forth over such a short period of time. The comparison to what the Cardinals do is not a good example because they are in minority when it comes to being successful switching around starters. Also, this is the Mets. We are not the Cardinals. If something can go wrong, or if someone can get hurt in such an experiment then you can bet your butt an injury will happen. Second, and most importantly, Montero's future with the Mets is as a starter, not a reliever. Montero & Syndergaard are the future anchors of the rotation to go along with Harvey, Wheeler, Gee, and Niese. Matsuzaka is not part of the future of this team. I don't understand why Alderson is intent on messing with a key piece of the future, whether he is a key rotation piece, or if he is a key piece to a trade that brings in some offense. If there is even a chance of hurting Montero's value, then the risk shouldn't be taken. His value to the Mets, or other teams, doesn't increase much if he shows he is versatile enough to be a good reliever. On the other hand, his value takes a fatal hit if he gets injured switching between starting then relieving, then back to starting again, or if he cannot rediscover his mechanics when going back to a starter. The risk significantly outweighs the reward of him helping the bullpen. If Alderson wants bullpen help, then I suggest he either get some Wilpon Bucks & make an offer to Ryan Madsen & Joel Hanrahan. If he doesn't want to spend some money, then put a package together to land a reliever or two. Don't forget, Mejia going to the pen will help out a lot; he is good the first & second time thru lineups. Once Mejia is moved to the pen, Montero should be brought up here to start, plain & simple. There's no need to complicate a very simple & logical move. The team is beginning to falter & to re-energize the fan base, the Mets should definitely put Montero into the rotation, followed by Syndergaard a couple weeks later. Mets fans are going to show up to watch our prized pitching prospects throw to 3 batters in the 6th or 7th innings of a 10-1 blowout. Sandy, just please give us something before you ruin the only bright spot we have right now with all your inexplicable maneuvering & position switching. I just don't get this team sometimes.

Anthony Giammattei
Anthony Giammattei

I think it would be more fun for me to watch Cambell at first.  Lucas is a below average fielder, and I'm tired of him looking for walks at the plate.  Prove me wrong Lucas.  Please!.

hankypanky
hankypanky

5:30 and raining heavily in Metsland.

1harris1
1harris1

There are rumblings that Montero might start against the Yankees Wednesday night. Collins apparently won't commit to Mejia on the start, at least not for today.

Mejia looks like he's ultimately headed to the bullpen anyhow. I could see him as the team's closer when all is said and done (he definitely has the stuff and seemingly the makeup to do it). Maybe Jerry Manuel was right after all. lol

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Great, just keep messing with the players mind, sending different messages. That will get them out of the slump, for sure.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Great! . . The big DUDa is playing 1B tonight. . . Got my Rolaids ready in case we are headed in the wrong direction in tonight's game. . . Lets Go Mets!

Neal Shimmel
Neal Shimmel

Why???? I was looking forward to see Campbell.

Sam Schildkraut
Sam Schildkraut

THEY GOTTA BE KIDDING....Your bring Soup up, see what he can do....We know what Duda can do....nada.

rodd
rodd

@supermet  duda is their first baseman, and i hope a permanent fixture for many years to come..campbell is here to replace that other guy. satin. 

gonymets
gonymets

@Anthony Giammattei I think you're right it would be fun, but why bring him up to sit?

gonymets
gonymets

@7up17twogo I still think Collins is not to blame; the talent isn't great and he's an ok manager who does well with the cards he's dealt.  The club is slumping, but not because of Terry.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@7up17twogo The time for that was two years ago, so it's still time. Backman has won everywhere he's been in the minors. Collins has showed me nothing these last few years.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@1harris1 Mejia's small stature and his stuff would seem to play better in the bullpen, especially when we've seen he struggles to get through the order a third time. He was awful the last time they moved him to the pen in the minors, but I think if they told him 'look, we see you as a future closer here' he might just do well. But we can't keep getting these short starts, the bullpen will be dead by June.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@Victor Triguero The only thing I'll say about Campbell is he's got more power than Satin, is a better athlete (not saying much) and plays more positions, making him more ideal for the bench. Never said he was going to be a star. But Satin was doing nothing and had to go.

rico
rico

@Sam Schildkraut  of course but like Satin, Soup has been a career AAAA ballplayer so far. Let's hope he finds his glory in Queens.

1harris1
1harris1

Wow. It 's expensive enough just to get into the stadium once you're there; but people also forget the costs involved in getting to the ballpark.

I hope for you that the weather is good, and that it's Montero who gets the start (I guess the other possibility would be Dice K if Mejia is being sent to the bullpen).

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@rico @Sam SchildkrautCan't really call a guy a AAAA player until he shows he can't do it at the big-league level. Don't think he'll be a savior, but I do think he's a better fit for the bench than Satin. More power and more versatility.

mesmo
mesmo

@Joe Wenzel  Joe Torre, Davey Johnson... but otherwise, NYM is where you go to either start or end your managerial career. 

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@7up17twogo @Andrew SodergrenI've never liked Collins but like you, also realized he wasn't working with much. But he has absolutely no feel for how to manage a pitching staff, and that was evident on the road trip. There are games where he micromanages with a five-run or six-run lead, swapping out lefty-righty matchups like it was a one-run game. And then there are games like the Marlins opener where Dice-K had nothing, yet he just left him out there to get rocked in a close game. It makes no sense.

mesmo
mesmo

@Andrew Sodergren @1harris1  Based on his long warm up time, I would say Matsuzaka is ill suited to the bullpen making him a total crapshoot when you call him in.  Try to trade him to a west coast team for cash, since money is what the front office wants most.  

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

That's cause the wilpons get all the revenue from the parking

1harris1
1harris1

I agree. I could see Collins and Alderson though being leery about Montero's debut being in the environment of a subway series game. Plus, I think Tanaka is pitching in that game, so there's always the spectacle he brings.

I say eff it. Let Montero start. He seems ready for the big stage. I imagine most in the fanbase and media would prefer to see Montero (other than maybe a few Japanese reporters who wiuld be hyping a Dice K vs. Tanaka matchup for the locals back home).

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@1harris1 I'd hope it would be Montero. Think Dice-K is better suited to be the long man in the pen. But anything is possible in the Mets world.

rico
rico

@Andrew Sodergren @rico @Sam Schildkraut  ok then he's a career AAA player, he's not young guy.  Sorry to see Satin fail, I think he's better than he showed but it is what it is. Desperate times call for desperate measures.


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