The Mets’ First Base Competition

Who's on first?

Who’s on first?

Rewind to about a month ago — The Mets seemed fully prepared to head into the 2014 with Lucas Duda at first base, and possibly a platoon situation where Josh Satin would be in the lineup against left-handed pitchers. Ike Davis was on the trading block, and the Mets weren’t actually keeping it a secret. 

Here we are, about a week away from the official start of spring training, and it seems as if we are going to have an old-fashioned slober knocker to see who the starting first baseman for the Mets will be in 2014.

Mets fans will be divided…get the popcorn ready and enjoy the show.

It’s really anyone’s guess who will be starting at first base. Duda seems to have the inside edge because the Mets already seemed committed to making him the first baseman, but Davis’ power potential may be enough to earn him the job. If Davis gets off to a slow start, Duda may win the job by default. If Davis gets off to a hot start, I’m still not convinced that the Mets won’t use that success to try and get a buyer in the trade market for him.

Only time will tell, but let’s take a look at Duda’s and Davis’ performance at the plate the past couple of years to see if anyone has an inside edge.

Duda’s Pitch Types

Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 12.40.10 PMIn 2011, Duda saw the highest percentage of fastballs that he has seen over the past three years. As you can see from the graphic, his fastball percentage (FA%) has dropped off by about four percent, while the amount of curveball (CU%) and sliders (SL%) he has seen has increased.

This is not uncommon. As scouting reports start circulating about hitters, the pitchers will adjust the way they pitch to certain hitters. A major increase came with the amount of curveballs that Duda is now seeing with compared to his 2011 season. Once the pitchers start changing the way they pitch to the hitter, the hitter has to also adjust. These adjustments will ultimately determine success of a player at the major league level.

Duda’s Aggressiveness

Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 12.50.37 PMFor those who are upset with Duda’s approach, and his lack of aggressiveness at the plate, you’re right. Not only is Duda swinging a pitches out of the zone at a lower rate (O-Swing%), but he is also swinging at pitches in the strike zone at a lower rate (Z-Swing%). While it’s impressive to see him laying off pitches out of the strike zone, it’s disappointing to see that he is letting strikes go by, which has become somewhat of a pet peeve amongst Mets fans.

Another alarming stat is that his contact rate has dropped dramatically—by nearly ten percentage points. He was making contact with 90.1% of the pitches thrown in the strike zone in 2011 when he compiled a .292 batting average, and only 80.6% in 2013 where his batting average was .223.

Putting It All Together

After looking at both of the charts above, it’s easy to see what is going on with Duda. All of the information is tied together. Duda is, in fact, less aggressive at the plate. He is swinging less because he is seeing fewer fastballs. He is also making less contact with pitches in the strike-zone because he is seeing more off-speed pitches. Rather than adjusting, he is opting to wait for fastballs, and he is getting himself deep into counts. When he’s deep in the count, he is forced to swing at the off-speed pitches which causes more swings and misses than in 2011 (lower overall contact percentage).

This combination drives up his strike out rate, and decreases his batting average and the amount of damage he can ultimately do with the bat. While Duda’s walk rate has increased, that increase means nothing if it comes with a decrease in almost every other offensive category. What would be impressive is seeing his walk rate increase, while he also improved his other statistics.

When Duda makes contact, and puts the ball in play, good things happen. For how low his batting average was in 2013, his BABIP was .276—in 2011, it was .326. But for Duda to regain his 2011 form, he will have to adjust his hitting approach. The pitchers have adjusted to him, and rather than adjust, Duda seems to be going ahead with the same approach which is crippling him offensively.

I’m reminded of this quote from CBS.com back in 2012, and wondering if Duda has progressed at all since then:

What Collins does know without a doubt is that Duda isn’t the same timid hitter that originally arrived in the clubhouse last year.

“He now believes in himself,” Collins said. “Where he came up with some doubts last summer, in the beginning he talked about it and vocalized it: `I’m not sure I belong here.’ Well I just think now he believes he belongs here.”

We can break baseball down to it’s simplest form and what you have is Darwinism—like animals striving for survival in the wild, players have to adapt or die. Some of them will do whatever it takes to survive, which is evident from them opting to use Performance Enhancing Drugs. While I’m not saying Duda should use PEDs, he does have to adapt.

If Duda can adapt, he could be the one standing victorious in this game of Survivor to see who is on first base for the Mets in 2014.

Davis’ Pitch Types

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 9.56.58 AMDavis’ best season as a major leaguer came in 2012, when he hit 32 homeruns and had 90 RBI. The power was there, but he didn’t hit for high average and his walk rate was the lowest it has been in his professional career. The odd thing is, the pitch types Davis saw between 2012 and 2013 didn’t change much. The major change seemed to be the amount of fastballs he saw increased, while the amount of curveballs decreased. Pitchers threw Davis more fastballs in 2013. Why wouldn’t they after looking at his swing? With all those moving parts, Davis became highly vulnerable to the fastball in 2013.

Davis’ Aggressiveness

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 9.56.29 AM

By taking a look at the graphic above, there isn’t much that would make us think that Davis should have had a major drop-off in production from 2012 to 2013. In fact, there is evidence here that should suggest the opposite. Davis reduced the amount of pitches he swung at outside the strike zone in 2013 (O-Swing%). Davis made the same amount of contact in 2013 as he did in 2013 (74.7%). Davis’ walk rate increased in 2013, which correlates with him swinging at pitches out of the strike zone less, but what can explain the drop off in performance?

The answer is in the types of swings he is taking which are changing the type of contact he is making. Check out this graphic below:

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In 2012, Davis hit the ball in the air much more than any other season. He hit 152 fly balls and 80 line drives. I didn’t show his infield fly balls, but in total, he hit the ball in the air a total of 250 times, 32 of which were homeruns. That means 12.8% of his balls hit in the air were dingers in 2012. In 2013, he hit the ball in the air 129 times and nine of those went for homeruns. His homerun percentage on balls hit in the air dropped to 7% in 2013.

Putting It All Together

While Davis made the same amount of contact in 2013 as he did in 2012, it was less authoritative. He also hit a higher percentage of ground balls in 2013, more than any other season. This is all due to mechanical flaws in his swing. He isn’t getting around on the fastballs, which was the pitch of choice for pitchers when facing Davis in 2013. By over-compensating for the fastball, he becomes more susceptible to the off-speed pitches, and he will make weaker contact as he takes defensive swings off his back foot. A more simplified swing could make Davis a lethal power hitter again.

Davis did a better job with plate discipline in 2013, as he swung at pitches out of the strike zone less often in 2013 which directly impacted his walk rate and on base percentage. His issue is with his swing. By limiting what he is doing before the pitch arrives, he will be able to trust his hands more and adjust to whatever pitch he sees. By keeping his hands between his shoulder and ear, he already has them in a good hitting position, and doesn’t have to make three movements before the pitch arrives to get them there. Simplify, simplify, simplify.

If Davis spent the winter working on his swing, there is no doubt in my mind that he will be a 30-plus homerun hitter again, and the Mets first baseman in 2014.

(Charts from Fangraphs.com)

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  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    I think Collins is going to have a very short leash with Davis. He said basically 90 ABs. I for one am tired of carrying both Davis and Duda and wish they would pick one and stick with it.

  • ro7a

    Davis is a mess. Duda just stinks. The obvious choice is Davis/Satin platoon or go get a first baseman. Duda is not an option. Flores should be an option but doesnt seem to be in the mix

  • Josh

    But that would involve spending more money lol. Too bad the Mets don’t play in a big market.

  • Randolph Scott

    Naturally.

  • Charley’s Twin

    Nothing gets me quite as excited for pitchers & catchers than to read about the three stooges, aka our first basemen

  • Lifelongmetsfan

    Good article. Thank you. And let’s also consider the hitters ability to adjust his approach as major league scouting reports are filed and pitching adapts throughout a season.
    Any Major league starting player has to “adjust” his approach many times during a season as pitchers react to advance scouting.
    Duda seems to be much more capable for whatever reason to handle “advance scouting.”
    Ike Davis is not exactly “flexible

  • oleosmirf

    Great piece. It’s clear both players have the tools to be above average offensive 1B in this league, the question is can they put it together.

    If one of them can give us .240/.350 25+ HR we’ll be perfectly fine at 1B moving forward.

  • Flores should be in this conversation. I don’t buy the…well his bat doesn’t play there. Well if his bat is better than Duda and Davis in the Spring…then his bat should play there. We have to get the best bats in the lineup…this pray and hope for the best will leave us wanting come April 15th…at the latest.

  • CJM

    Duda has great career numbers when playing first. He’s never gotten a legit, full season shot there. If Duda produced his first base numbers for a full season, you’d be eating those words. He deserves a shot.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Mitch,

    Again, such a highly information article about the art of hitting. It’s not about stats as it is using stats to explain to us what you point out the pitchers have already figured out by knowing how to pitch. Now, as you ask, the question is if Duda and Davis, knowing this, have the ability to make adjustments In their mechanics and/or approaches to counteract that advantage.

    Much better advice than laying off first pitches on the outside corners to hunt for a better pitch to attack based on the correlation of PPPA.

    Mitch Petanick for batting coach!
    Mitch Petanick for batting coach!

    Say it a third time all together now and loud enough for Sandy Alderson to hear:

    Mitch Petanick for batting coach!

  • chago

    This will be more attrition than competition the one who stinks least will be playing. Why Flores isn’t in on this so called competition i’ll never know.

  • Benny

    Daniel Murphy:

    2B – .975 fld% -2.9 RngR -13.3 UZR

    1B – .989 fld% 6.9 RngR 5.2 UZR

  • RyanF55

    There has never been so much analysis for two sh*tty players in the history of the MLB, not that I don’t think the analysis here was fantastically put together. Honestly, all it means is that we don’t have an answer, and that the best-case of the worst cast of characters will be standing at 1st base on March 31st. The only good thing is this mess will finally sort itself out, and one or both of these two’s futures will be known soon. We can finally turn the page on this embarrassment on way or another, soon enough.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Mitch,
    Of course you would be the one to give a “thumbs up” to that! LOL

  • T Boogy

    Love the analysis in this article but wondering why it doesn’t touch on the adjustments that Davis made post-demotion last year. I know he didn’t homer at the 2012 rate but his OBP was through the roof. I expect 2014 will be something between his post-demotion numbers and his 2012 second half numbers, especially if he doesn’t have to deal with lefties as much. I’m thinking 25/80/.275 in 500 at bats.

  • CJM

    And a lower career OPS than Lucas Duda. I’m not defending Murph at second. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t particularly like Murph, but there are higher ceiling bats than Murphy who can play first.

  • Benny

    “And a lower career OPS than Lucas Duda.”

    Yep, it’s a great thing that Duda can walk, right? I mean that’s the only thing he can do better, than Murphy (both of them had a Slg % of .415).

    “but there are higher ceiling bats than Murphy who can play first.”

    Like who?

  • Martin

    Grammar lesson. He is seeing “fewer” fastballs, not “less”.

  • WillisReid

    I wish fewer people would waste time pointing out things that people care far less about than the situation at 1B.

  • CJM

    Duda’s career line at first base: .269/.375/.438. Incredibly small sample, though, only 297 PA. But given that he’s shown that potential when he’s comfortable with his position, I’m surprised so many fans are completely unwilling to give him a shot.

    BTW, if Duda walks more than Murphy and they have the same slugging, your logic would say that the only thing Murphy does better than Duda is hit singles. Murph isn’t superior at the plate.

  • ClarkWGrizwold

    nice

  • CJM

    Well, the situation at first base has been beaten dead. What’s interesting about MMO is that if you point out grammar mistakes, they’ll go back and edit their work if they see the comment.

  • Benny

    LMFAO!!!

    This coming from you? Just look at your comments history and the amount of errors represented grammatically is just mind-numbing.

  • Martin

    Do I write articles or do I make comments?

    For the record if I did write articles they would be the best on the site.

    Also of note is that my point was valid regardless of who I am.

  • CJM

    You should do a fan shot to prove that claim.

  • mitchpetanick

    Thanks, Martin…I missed that one.

  • Martin

    You are the best writer here except for that one dude who rarely writes and is super smart.

    All of you suffer from “trying to hard to find a topic” syndrome, but that is endemic in sportswriting

  • Benny

    “Duda’s career line at first base: .269/.375/.438. Incredibly small sample, though, only 297 PA. But given that he’s shown that potential when he’s comfortable with his position, I’m surprised so many fans are completely unwilling to give him a shot.”

    I am willing to give him a shot there, but I would like for Murphy to be cinsidered an option, especially over someone like Davis. Moving Murphy to 1B, opens up 2B for Flores.

    “BTW, if Duda walks more than Murphy and they have the same slugging, your logic would say that the only thing Murphy does better than Duda is hit singles.”

    My point was, Murphy is better hitting-wise, defensively, and with speed, basically he is a better overall player no matter what way you look at it, but I would like to see what Duda can show us during ST.

    “Murph isn’t superior at the plate.”

    Duda isn’t either.

  • mitchpetanick

    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback and you are right about it being tough finding topics…especially in the offseason

  • WillisReid

    Agreed.

  • larrydarylndaryl

    Martin………..”too hard”

  • mitchpetanick

    Lol I would love that job 🙂

  • CJM

    Duda’s not worse at the plate. Murphy puts more balls in play but those balls are getting him to first base, while Duda negates that by reaching first via the walk. Walk or single, doesn’t matter–you’re at first. Being able to draw walks is a skill and Duda has that skill. Murphy’s bat would go from being decent for his position to being below average for his position if he moves to first, especially since he’s seemed to settle into the .730 range for OPS. He also hasn’t played that much at first, all things considered, so that defense might regress. Murph at first would inevitably disappoint.

  • Martin

    I am typing on an ipad from haiti, we barely have electricity and internet is a gift that comes and goes, so I do t bother correcting. And I wouldn’t even if I were home.

  • ro7a

    .267 7 and 30 in 78 games and 250 Abs?

    That is a very small sample size and hardly anything to go nuts about.

  • HillsideAve

    I can’t see the Mets carrying the three of them out of ST. Satin is too valuable as a righty PH bat that can fill in around the infield, so unless he completely tanks in ST, he’s in. 5 bench spots on the roster: Satin, Q, EYJ or Lagares, back-up catcher, and one outfielder (not Duda). Duda has the uphill task, because he will have to convincingly outperform Ike to take the starting spot. There is no way they’re going to pay Ike $3.5M to play for Wally, so Ike could get released for $600K if he doesn’t cut it in ST.
    This is a truly lousy situation, unless somehow Ike has solved himself, which is not much of a plan. No one is going to trade for Ike now.

  • CJM

    Yeah it’s a small sample size–he has never received a legitimate opportunity at first. But when he’s played first, he’s hit to the tune of an .813 OPS. Even those numbers regressed to a .775 OPS, he’d be leaps and bounds better than anything the Mets have had the last two seasons.

  • Fast Eddie

    One question: If the Mets thought it would be beneficial for Tejada, Duda and Wilmer Flores to attend fitness camp – which it probably will be – why not ask Ike Davis to attend as well? Sure, on the surface you might say Ike doesn’t have weight or fitness issues, BUT one of the benefits of being more fit is the fact you’re confidence receives a boost from feeling better physically. Strength is a good thing in any sport. It sure couldn’t hurt Ike Davis to be more fit, have a little bit more muscle on his frame, have a stronger core and leaner muscle tone which “could” help his confidence. Who knows, maybe it could even help that God awful, waving at air, swing of his his which is one of the worst in baseball. Makes sense to me. If there is one thing Ike is missing, it’s confidence. I think the Mets missed the boat on this one, especially since Ike looks to be untradeable and will probably be with the team in the Spring…

  • Benny

    “Duda’s not worse at the plate.”

    Ummmm…yes he is. Duda’s .223 BA was just horrible, his career .246 BA isn’t much better.

    ” Murphy puts more balls in play but those balls are getting him to first base”

    Isn’t that the name of the game though. You need to put balls in play. It’s great that Duda gets on base, but his hitting with runners on is just abysmal (.238/.355/.370/.724), while Murphy has a .297/.341/.421/.762 slash line. Duda only knows how to walk and that’s it!

    ” Being able to draw walks is a skill and Duda has that skill.”

    LMFAO!!!

    Duda stands at the plate with a bat on his shoulder and gets walked, how is that a skill? I truly believe Hudgens just tells him to go up there and stand there, as if he were a Pitcher.

    “Murphy’s bat would go from being decent for his position to being below average for his position if he moves to first, especially since he’s seemed to settle into the .730 range for OPS.”

    You too!?!?!?

    Murphy drives in runs, I don’t care if he does that by hitting singles, doubles, triples, or via home run. We need someone at 1B, who can play defense there and drive in runs. You get that type of production from that position, and it’s a HUGE IMPROVEMENT. I don’t care how he compares to other first basemen around the league, the only thing I want is to be much better, than last year and that starts by improving each position, which Murphy does at 1B.

    “He also hasn’t played that much at first, all things considered, so that defense might regress.”

    1391 innings logged at 1B isn’t much??? WOW!

  • mattbalasis

    Not sure how much more “fit” you can get than Ike … he’s pretty ripped.

  • Benny

    Comma after here.

    Sports writing is two words, not one.

    You forgot your period after “sportswriting.”

  • Benny

    *don’t

  • Hodges14

    Not sure 90 at bats against spring training pitchers, many of whom will not be in the majors this year is going to tell you much anyway.

  • Benny

    It will be Metsblog-esque.

  • Benny

    What do you think Duda will provide for us at 1B both offensively and defensively in a given season? Post the numbers…

  • CJM

    I have no idea–it’s literally impossible to predict. He has been fine there defensively thus far, though. If he provides a .760 OPS with his defense, that’d be a huge upgrade.

  • CJM

    A player who plays 150 games in a season and plays 9 innings each game logs 1,350 innings. So Murphy has about one season’s worth of innings at first. In other words, not a lot.

  • Benny

    Great! You can do math, good for you, and yes it is enough to at least see what he can do at the position. Having a positive RngR and UZR at a position for a full length of a season is not a fluke.

  • There’s word out there that we’re talking to Kendrys Morales. Anyone know anything more on this?? It’s a log jam at 1st now, imagine the cluster F if they pull the trigger on this??!

  • Benny

    He has 635 innings logged at 1B in the Major Leagues. You state Murphy’s 1391 innings are basically a small sample, yet Duda’s innings amount is okay to base how he would do there?

  • CJM

    UZR over one season is not telling of anything–that’s explained specifically on Fangraphs I believe. UZR is best used over several seasons.

  • CJM

    I said thus far, meaning it’s been fine but this whole conversation takes place with the knowledge that things could obviously change drastically.

  • Captain America

    I just posted this in another thread. So excited

  • Captain America

    Trade Ike and Duda is bench

  • Benny

    When there isn’t “several seasons” to go by you don’t have much of a choice do you? Either way, Murphy’s defense is better at 1B, rather than 2B, no matter what way you look at it.

  • CJM

    Ya when there aren’t several seasons, it is hard to judge. That was my point. His defense at first could regress.

  • Benny

    “Beware of sample sizes! If a player only spent 50 innings at a position last season, it’d be a good idea not to draw too many conclusions from their UZR score over that time.”

    “Like with any defensive statistic, you should always use three years of UZR data before trying to draw any conclusions on the true talent level of a fielder.”

    He has way over 50 innings, and although we may not know his full potential if he was put there regularly, we have a pretty good idea of what he may provide.

  • Benny

    And it could improve or stay the same, but that can be said for anyone at any position, at any time during his career, so yeah not much being said there by you.

  • CJM

    I’m saying he is not a proven ace at first–that’s what I’m saying. Bringing Murphy into the conversation at first is simply bringing another unproven entity into the fold. Everyone seems to be annoyed that the 4 players we’ve heard talk about are all unproven. So what’s a fifth gonna do?

  • Benny

    Unproven??? That’s not what they’re complaining about, they’re complaining that they suck.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Mitch,
    Believe me, you’re not the only one who would love to see you have it!

  • CJM

    Well quite honestly Murphy does not bring a lot to the fold as a first baseman. If he goes over there and has a .730 OPS again, like the last 2 seasons, the first baseman for the Mets will still suck.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    I assumed TC meant 90 ABs in the majors.

  • Hodges14

    Maybe I read it wrong but I thought Collins said that Davis is going to get 90 spring training at bats vs 60 that he would normally get.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Ok. Maybe that’s what he meant. I don’t remember the exact quote but basically Ike is on a short leash.

  • somedude718

    I agree that Ike was finally seeing the ball better, post-demotion. He was walking at an insane clip because the book was to pitch around him, and that he’ll get himself out. He made the necessary adjustment by taking more pitches in order to induce more walks so that he would start seeing some fatter pitches. Unfortunately for everybody, he got injured before he could prove that he fixed his swing; he didn’t get many AB’s where he was being pitched to.

    Hopefully he has the rhythm of his swing back, and will show the value I think he has, this year.

  • mad met

    Do they have a head case camp

  • Benny

    Out of the options we have, Murphy is definitely the best, am I saying Murphy will be the best first basemen in the game? No, but he will play the position competently on both sides of the ball.

    “the first baseman for the Mets will still suck.”

    But will be much improved, than past years…

  • CJM

    I disagree. I think if they give Duda a full season at first base, they will find he is the best option.

  • oleosmirf

    link?

  • oleosmirf

    yet you have an ipad? Crazy world we live in.

  • Benny

    I already told you, I am all for seeing what Duda may do at 1B during ST, but Murphy (right now) is the best option at 1B.

  • oleosmirf

    I would love to hear your article about how David Wright should leadoff, followed by Granderson.

  • Martin

    not granderson, whoever has the 2nd highest obp.

  • Martin

    i am not haitian, i am american just visiting. americans very commonly own ipads.

  • cbs sports had a report and also a paper out west had an article on Morales

  • I do have a feeling no matter what happens Ike is def traded by the end of ST. Should be an interesting next month and a half.

  • Captain America

    Sign Kendrys for 1/10 or 2/20 or 1/10 with option.

    Dude can take and his fielding at 1b is fine – he just was in a situation and a team that had a million guys to mix / match into 1b/DH/LF etc

  • Terry

    But you have the time to correct others…

  • Terry

    Perhaps when the Mets trade Ike we can throw in Martin!

  • Terry

    Why would your articles be the best on this site? Because you have a journalism degree? I’ve been an editor at three major daily newspapers and have won more than 50 writing awards over the years. Don’t assume you are the best writer on the site. There are some excellent posters on this site and who really gives a s… if they miss a coma or say “less” instead of “fewer.”

  • Destry

    Duda over a full season at 1B will be league average defensively at worst. His batting line if platooning with Satin
    .255/.375/.475 24 80
    if full time
    .240/.360/.440 28 95

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    LMAO!!!!

    You just ruined his editorial audition…How embarrassing is it to criticize anothers grammar and totally F*** up in your response….lol

    I hate idiots like that….

    #GrammarNazis
    #LivesInGlassHouseButThrowsStones

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    HAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    EXACTLY!!!!

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Oh you mean Little Haiti in MIAMI 😉

  • Bail4Nails

    There are those less fortunate in Haiti, who need their grammar corrected too. Thanks for your service.

  • Andrew Herbst

    I’m hoping we could sign Morales.

  • Martin

    I find the time. I Am fairly generous person. Please don’t be angry if I can’t find time to assist you as well

  • Martin

    Merci bonswa

  • Martin

    You don’t understand. Only the insecure resent being corrected. I enjoy being corrected. Petanick did not mind either. We are not children, we accept help when given

  • Martin

    Appreciate your efforts but sportswriting very definitely is acceptable as one word, amigo.

    Salut

  • Martin

    It’s called confidence, friend. Congratulations on your awards.

  • Martin

    I didn’t even realize he was a free agent. Of course we should offer him a short deal.

  • Benny

    Google the word and you will see how its listed as two words, it may be acceptable, but it’s not correct.

  • Martin

    I am sorry friend. You are incorrect.

  • Andrew Herbst

    We could trade Ike for him.

  • Martin

    Ha! I really didn’t realize he was a free agent and was thinking trade ike and plawecki. Now my dumb ass realizes he is a free agent seems like easy decision

  • Erin_II

    Missed a comma after “sorry”

  • Andrew Herbst

    Yep. I think signing Morales as a free agent makes a lot of sense.

  • Martin

    Incorrect. “Sorry friend” is my nickname

  • oleosmirf
  • Benny

    Is sports reporter one word?

    How about sports editor?

    Sport reporting?

  • Erin_II

    Simply put, Murph is the guy I want up to bat, with the game on the line. Duda is quite a ways down the list, below Ike Davis.
    Not that I don`t think Duda can become a more confident hitter, or that he shouldn`t get a fair shot in ST, but Murph is on another level, hitting wise, than Duda.

  • Erin_II

    Then you needed to capitalize it, Sorry Friend.

  • Erin_II

    I agree, to an extent, but at the same time, Duda has freakish raw power, in a short swing. With competent coaching and a sizable gain in confidence, I really believe Duda can turn into something. You`ve played ball, I know you realize how big of a difference having a lot of confidence, at the plate, or doing just about anything else, can make.

  • StrawberryPiazzaWright

    Davis is the far and away superior defensive player. The defense plays, and there is no mention of it in the article. All things being equal offensively between the two, I much rather keep Davis and trade Duda, or keep him as a bench player. Duda is not even in the same universe as Davis when it comes to defense. Sorry, but I think the Mets should keep Ike Davis as the regular first baseman, if the other option is Lucas Duda.

  • Martin

    Not sure what your point is. Those are different words. Best of luck to ya.

  • Martin

    No, my nickname is sorry friend with no caps. The caps the second time was ipad autocorrect. But thanks for the help, darling

  • Ted Danson

    Newsflash…… Ike Davis is a bum.

  • mad met

    I’m not a fan of Ike but I would keep him over duds any day ..he can’t field worth a crap. And watching him bat is like watching curling in the olympics

  • mad met

    What does that make duda a bum that also can’t field. Sign moral as. Or put Murphy at first

  • jason bay

    Ike’s defense has been so poor the last couple years and Duda at 1B is nothing like Duda in the OF.

    Yes, Ike should be a lot better but in reality he hasn’t been and defense for a first basemen is about 5% of the equation. ST itself isn’t really a good test either for them at the plate. Might come down to who gets us the better offer.

    Very nice article

  • mad met

    Social skill lesson stop being a douche. You don’t need to be a brillant person to be a fan of a team.