Lucas Duda 12 (Baron)

Lucas Duda will not play in the OF, says Terry

Terry Collins said Tuesday that he is not planning to use Lucas Duda in the outfield, as a way to deal with recent injuries on the team.

Duda played left field Monday, after Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares were removed from the game.

Instead, Eric Young Jr., Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Andrew Brown started for the Mets on Tuesday.

Granderson is expected back in the lineup by Friday, which is the same day Chris Young is eligible to be activated from the disabled list.

“We made the commitment to play him there,” Collins said about Duda playing only first base (ESPN, Apr. 14). “I think putting him back in left field will take away a little bit of that positive glow that he’s got going 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, he’s unbelievably bad defensively in the outfield >> Read more from Tuesday on MetsBlog.




47 comments
C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

I am confused why so many of you believe all these names in the Met org. have trade value or WILL have trade value considering they didn't have any 3 months ago?  6 months ago? So Ike/Duda has an ok 1st half of the season and all of a sudden Sandy will start getting the offers he wanted?  Not sure if i'm buying that...

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

It would be nice if Duda showed a little consistency. He always seems to take an 0-for after a big game.

hankincolo
hankincolo

For the record. Before last night's game I heartily endorsed Kirk's promotion. I talked about him having some pop in his bat.  Just saying...

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

I for one thought Terry should've moved Duda to the OF to get IKE's bat in the lineup.  But, I agree with his decision on this for one reason:


It's DEFINITIVE.  Need more of that from him....and the rest of this org. 

nolrog
nolrog

So, Lucas Duda is going to play the outfield, huh?

rico
rico

Nobody ever declared DUDA would be an outfielder. 2 guys went down in a game. Terry shuffled his guys to complete

the game. The same day the Yankees had 2 more injuries and Carlos Beltran played 1st base for the first time in his career. 


Why are you creating conspiracy theories.   Sometimes it's just baseball, ya know?  They say, the other guy just got hurt put on an outfielders glove and play ball



BadContract
BadContract

When has Terry ever stuck to what he said for more than a week?

mets1973
mets1973

I'm not a big fan of Duda. I think he is more of a "guess hitter" who also takes too many pitches. He is also has limited range around the bag.  Nevertheless, if he continues to produce maybe the Mets could use him as a trade chip at the deadline.

TheJMan
TheJMan

TC: Duda's "positive glow"
Maggie: "hitting so well"


he's doing OK .. so please.. relax with the shower of praise. 1/3 of his hits this year came in one game

hankypanky
hankypanky

Baseball has a long history of slow-footed sluggers at first base. Duda can improve if he settles in. Hey, you never know. I could never understand the attacks on him by the haters on this blog. But those idiots would attack Santa Claus.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

This is how I feel it's going to shake out.. Granderson will get today off again, so he has 3 days off..  On friday, Brown is sent down so Chris Young can be activated.. the way Kirk hit, and his defense that is close to lagares's is too valuable as a 4th outfielder, even if he doesn't keep the offensive production up...  When lagares is ready, they are going to have to finally figure out the 1B position, and keep one of ike or duda... This team cannot carry 3 1B, it's silly

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

It is obviously the right move to keep Duda at first so I'm glad to see the Mets actually making a smart decision.  Not to mention the Mets will get Granderson and CY back by Friday.  In the meantime it will be a good opportunity to see what Kirk has to offer and Andrew Brown.  This probably ends up being the showdown for who gets to stay on the bench when CY is activated.  

ken1010
ken1010

Though I think Terry makes a lot of bad decisions, this is a good one.  Give him credit.

Matthew Poltorzycki
Matthew Poltorzycki

of course not why would he not to the smart thing lets have a whole minor league outfield and not play duda in right and ike at first

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

maybe Ike can pitch too . he did it in college .

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

thank god for that . But i say the bench is best place for him let him do well now it may not last long.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Maybe in a really small outfield park, but it's like Coen said in spring training, stick Ike out there at some point if we're just making tall guys run for bloopertubes.

completely
completely

You guys aren't seriously going to take him at his word, right?

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

Without playing, Ike makes too much to have any real trade value. Duda doesn't have much of a track record to bring back anything at this point either.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@C.K. Dexter Haven   


It only takes a good first half for a playoff contender to have interest in a player who's playing well (like Marlon Byrd) that might help them down the stretch.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Pete Brilvitch True that! I still think we need to see what he does, at HOME, during a high pressure situation late in the game.

stemog
stemog

@hankincolo I hope he keeps it up, but let's not get too excited just yet. He started hot once before and fell off the face of the earth.

zoddie
zoddie

@C.K. Dexter Haven  Duda is terrible in the OF.  Might as well move him to shortstop to get his bat in the lineup.  I'm glad it was a definitive decision, but it was also the correct decision.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@BadContract Never, but if Duda doesn't suck at the plate during this coming homestand, then TC might have to stick to what he announced, and that might be a first.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@mets1973  "Guessing" at least means he's thinking. If certain mets hitters were thinking effectively, they might realize adjusting to a pitcher's adjusted approach, could neutralize some scouting reports. .

zoddie
zoddie

@mets1973  Most hitters are guess hitters.  Lots of guys anticipate what the pitcher is going to throw - it is smart baseball.  You then adjust to the pitch (if you can).  And he's proven to be roughly average at 1b (maybe just below average), which is fine.

That being said, trading either Duda or Ike is fine if they can get value in return.

TheJMan
TheJMan

@mets1973 good point ... they can use another sack of baseballs and a catcher's mask.. basically all they'll get for him

nolrog
nolrog

@TheJMan Sometimes, I think Maggie is on Duda's payroll.

Bud Britton
Bud Britton

2 good games, and still barely average. He looks like a stiff in the field. These guys collectively tow the company line at journalism's expense. I think I'll stay over on the mlb ap for now on ... No news here

nolrog
nolrog

@hankypanky Yes, because any objective review of his ability is an attack.

dannym28
dannym28

@Steven Glansberg  problem is we dont have enough righty bats on the bench because we cant use recker. Unless we play Kirk and sit ey 


Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

@Chad Michael  I can see Brown staying up only because he's a right hand bat off the bench, although i think KN has way more upside and his new approach has been paying dividends, not just last night, but this spring and while he's been in AAA. 

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@Ron W. Davis  If he could ever pitch like his dad..it would be a good thing...this bullpen can use all the pitching it can get.

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

@hankincolo  No, I understand the concept.  I just don't think it is or will be applicable to Ike and Duda.  Sandy paraded them around like prize bulls all winter with no takers.  So they'll have a productive 2 months and the trades he couldn't make before will magically appear?  Byrd had a track record of a solid MLer, and then turned in a high quality 4 months with the Mets.  Not remotely the same IMO...

hankincolo
hankincolo

@C.K. Dexter Haven @hankincolo  

Hey, I'm not always right but when I am... well, you know, just saying.  :)

hankincolo
hankincolo

@stemog @hankincoloA guy at work knows him. The guy's son played High school ball with him when Kirk lived in a Denver suburb, so it's always fun when the guy hears Kirk played a great game. I also know that Kirk's production with the Mets was erratic, due in part, at one point to a foot injury, but hey, he's looking good now! 

zoddie
zoddie

@Bud Britton .275/.341/.500 is barely average?  What year do you think it is, 1999?  In 2014 those stats are well above average.

zoddie
zoddie

@nolrog @hankypanky  I don't recall too many objective criticisms of Duda from the commenters on this blog. Most were something like, "TRAD DUDA FOR A BAG OF BALLS OR RELEASE HIM HE SUCKS AND SO DOS IKE!  He struck out in that one game and can't hit with men on base! SOLO HRs LOLOLOL!"

hankincolo
hankincolo

@stemog @hankincoloHe swings like a gate now, after taking a small step, but he's a pretty big kid, so he can generate lots of power when he does connect which we all hope is frequently. 

zoddie
zoddie

@Bud Britton   Specifically, Duda is 11th among 1st basemen in OPS and 9th in WAR (out of 29).