Lucas Duda: The Unequivocal Mets First Baseman

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Lucas Duda went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk on April 18, the same day that the New York Mets Ike Davis was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Duda ended the day with a .256/.333/.465 slash line and has trended upwards in Davis’ absence.

But now Duda is the man at first base and there are no more excuses. This year he must prove that he can stay healthy and produce.

Although his offense (aside from his power) has only incrementally improved to .266/.355/.426 since April 18 , he has mostly been what the Mets have hoped for. Last season he hit a meager .223, but in 2014 he has been disciplined at the plate, worked high pitch counts and gotten on base at a high clip.

He leads the team with four home runs, but Duda has not gone yard since April 23 and only hit two doubles in that span. Duda’s power has only come in spurts and he has just three doubles on the season, but he has the right approach.

So far, he is swinging the bat well with runners in scoring position with a .375 average in those situations. In 2013 he was seldom clutch with just a .145 batting average.

But the anemic Mets offense behind him does not eat when Duda sets the table. The team ranks 23rd in on-base percentage, 26th in home runs, 27th in hits and 29th in slugging. If Duda is batting sixth in the order, the chance of anyone batting seventh through ninth in the lineup driving him in is slim to none.

Duda stands upright at the plate and often takes pitches early while twiddling his bat. He is patient with a little leg kick when he is ready to swing. Although some believe that he is capable of hitting 20 or more home runs, he has not done it yet.

Line drive hitting could eventually lead to extra base power, so he does not need to become a dead pull hitter. He has displayed opposite field gap power.

From April 18 to the end of the month, he was just 8-for-35. In May, he has 5 hits in his last 16 at-bats with four walks.

His career high is just 15 homers and he has not exceeded 121 games in one season. Duda is yet to reach as high of a ceiling as Davis did in New York. Duda’s glove, however, is sub par at best. But first base is not a crucial defensive position and he can compensate for his defensive shortcomings with his bat.

Manager Terry Collins has shuffled him from fourth through sixth in the batting order this season. Curtis Granderson and Chris Young will likely occupy the cleanup and fifth spot in the order most of the time unless one or both of them are struggling.

So far he has been an ineffective cleanup hitter, with only one hit in his 14 at-bats from that spot. But the majority of his time has been spent at sixth in the order where he is hitting .286 with two home runs and seven runs batted in through 42 at-bats.

It is too early in the season to determine whether Sandy Alderson made the right decision in trading Davis since Duda has been misplaced in the outfield and platooned with Davis throughout his career. If he proves to be the real deal, then the Mets may finally have a viable, long-term solution at first base.

But that’s also what they once hoped from Davis.

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  • El PanchVilla

    They need a real 1B. Trying to justify Duda as a major league 1B in various posts/blogs is sickening. A 248 career hitter who is soft and doesn’t even hit in the cleanup spot. By June they will bring anyone from AAA to rotate in…never should’ve passed on Jose Abreu.

  • Big Daddy D

    Duda is a garage sale/flea market firstbasemen. Cheap and maybe if your lucky it’ll work for a little while, but don’t count on it forever.

  • Long Suffering Fan

    Bad timing for this article since the team hasn’t scored a run in 23 innings, and Duda has no runs and 2 RBI in the entire month of May. Duda is not the long-term answer to first base. Nor was Ike, Nor was Josh Satin. First Base needs to be one of your prime power and run producing positions. Mets missed an opportunity last fall to grap Jose Abreu. Now they need to keep searching, or hope that Dominic Smith ascends quickly.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Duda’s not the long-term solution at 1b.

  • Big Daddy D

    Where Duda bats is relevant as much as anyone else in the line-up. He has plate discipline and suppose to be to big power dog…but he batted in 5 different spots in the lineup in 31 games not including coming in as pinch hitter.
    He needs to find a happy home somewhere in the line-up, stay there and develop.

  • Big Daddy D

    By the way..I’m not trying to be negative..well, maybe I am..but Wilmer Flores committed 7 errors at SS in Las Vegas over the last 23 games. That’s an error every 3 games guys….his bat better dominate.

  • FredWilponzi

    They couldn’t afford Abreu….another joke

  • FredWilponzi

    First base is not a critical defensive position???

    Looks like the Kool-Aid from Metsblog has spilled over into this one.

  • ParisWilponCOO

    Looks to me like he could have similar numbers to Todd Zeile. Who was 1B last time we went to the WS? Not Kingman, not Delgado, not Davis. Who was 1B last time we won the WS? Not a HR hitter. If the rest of the team were hitting, he’d be “good enough”. I think he will continue to improve as he gets comfortable. That being said, if an AL team wants him as a DH/1B/emergency OF and you get good value for him, fine by me.

  • Jakal42400

    Mets traded the wrong guy, and that becomes more relevant now with the promotion of Flores as SS. IF defense will be very skeptical to say the least. At least with Ike, the corners would have been secure.

  • Same old Mets

    Every once in a while Duda will hit a long homerun. He will not become what the Mets hoped he would and anyone can see that. So I say he is there until someone else comes along. The Mets judge players by DOLLARS not TALENT.

  • gary s.

    Duda stinks..Period..As for Flores’s 7 errors at Las Vegas, is it possible some of them were caused by bad hops from hitting a stray dollar or 5 dollar casino chip???

  • Tommy2cat

    – Satin needs to go. Nice guy, but a 1-tool player. Recall Andrew Brown, who can play a competent OF/1b & has mega-power.

    – With Brown, Duda, EYJr on the roster – TC needs to think in terms of match-ups, not overloading any one player, yet keeping them fresh via a sensible rotation.

    – Flores was a good call-up. A trade for Nick Franklin or signing Stephen Drew is more like it, though.

    – As for Duda, we’ll know what we have toward the end of June. I remain cautiously optimistic. He’s well-suited for the 6th slot, but needs greater protection from the 7th & 8th slots, which is where Franklin, Drew and perhaps Flores factor in.

    – Travis d’Arnaud looks as if he should hit the weight rack.

  • RyanF55

    I think some of the stats here are misleading. Duda has only hit 15 HRs in a season, but one of those was 121 games and the other was only 100 games. He would have projected close to 30 HRs if he played a full season in 2013.

    I believe Duda’s good enough if the guys who are supposed to be producing – Wright, Grandy, CY – actually start to produce. Duda has also been moved around 9000 times this year in the lineup which hasn’t helped anything. He’s had no protection behind him. He’s making 1.6 million to Wright’s 20 million, CY’s 7.25 million and Granderson’s 13 million in 2014. The guys who are getting paid to drive in runs aren’t.

    Duda’s on pace for 20 HRs and 75+ RBI. I’d like to see that closer to 28 HRs, 90 RBI, but if he manages 20/75 and the other players actually do their job, I think he’s done enough.

  • Tommy2cat

    Yeah – tell that to Keith Hernandez lmao

    Duda is quite serviceable – he’s competent, at the very least.

  • Mikey

    The only reason why they Traded Ike instead of Duda was they felt they could get MORE for Ike than they could for Duda.
    If you stop for a second and wonder why they thought that you realize they traded away the BETTER player because…

    1) it was easier
    2) Duda was easier to control
    3) he walks more which this FO is Obsessed with players doing despite all their statements to the contrary!

  • gary s.

    Forget about Davis or Duda..Both should have been moved after the season was over last year.How about talking about a player we could have signed just by writing a check? Jose Abreu..24 xbh’s and 35 RBI’S so far this year..Nice job once again by Mr. Alderson..

  • mr1313

    Duda’s defense leaves a lot to be desired.

  • BronxMets

    SA looking pretty stupid right now

  • gary s.

    Abreu signed for 68 million..Alderson lit a match to 87 million to sign Grandy, CY and Fatso..

  • bostongregg

    …..if Duda is the answer, then I’m just not sure what the question is.

  • RyanF55

    hahah

  • Unreal. Duda isn’t a 40 HR guy therefore he is garbage. The guy is a league average 1B. He’s Mike Napoli. .260 average, .350 OBP. 20-25 HRs.
    Not sexy, not an All Star. A serviceable ML 1B.
    Duda doesn’t bat cleanup ergo he’s not a 1B. Just stop

  • FredWilponzi

    Ask the Boston Red Sox if first base isn’t a critical defensive position after an error by their first baseman cost them the World Series in 1986.

  • He’s doing that with sporadic playing time earlier on, low OBP of those in front and no protection behind him. Duda keeps being Duda and Wright and CG start producing as they should, we should be ok especially if Flores can hang in there on both sides of the ball

  • BarnRat

    I’m not thrilled with Lucas at 1B, but he’s good enough that I feel I can go make myself crazy about other problems with the team.

  • Xavier 22

    along with 28 other GMs I guess.

  • Suilebhain

    Exactly. A fair-to-good defensive first baseman will make the difference between a ball that takes a short hop and a two-base error on the infielder who threw. A very good first baseman will make the difference between a runner out at first with one advancing to second and a 3-6-3 doubleplay. An excellent first baseman, well, that would be Keith Hernandez all over again – a guy who would be a shortstop if not for the glove on the “wrong” hand.

  • Suilebhain

    Time to start thinking about signing Kendrys Morales after the draft.

  • RyanF55

    I agree. Duda, like Tejada, are made scapegoats for the guys that aren’t performing that should be. The Mets have been horrible and it seems it’s dumped on Tejada/Duda more than Wright/Granderson/CY. Wright avoids any negative knocks about his game and it’s a little ridiculous. He’s been terrible this year and i haven’t seen much in writing about it. He and Grandy need to pick it up and be the players they’re supposed to be. If they don’t, Duda can hit 85 HRs and it wouldn’t matter.

  • bostongregg

    …to be honest, I think first base is an essential defensive position. A gold-glove first baseman (think Keith) can make what was essentially a mediocre infield (Backman/Teufel; Santana; Knight/HoJo) very serviceable. A gold-glove first baseman (think Olerud) can make a strong infield (Ventura/Alfonzo/Ordonez) into (as per Sports Illustrated) “the greatest infield ever”.
    The current Mets potential is predicated on starting pitching. Pitching needs defense. If we’re looking at an infield of Murphy; Flores/Tejada; Wright the need for a strong fielding first baseman is borderline desperate.
    Duda is serviceable, at best, in the field.

  • derek murphy

    Flores is much better than drew. Drew has been overpaid the last 2 years. He has a suspect bat and a decent glove. Flores is an increadible hitter who is improving in the field. While he will probably never be a plus fielder the good outweighs the bad. I don’t understand the love for Drew. The guy wants more than 12 mil on multi year deal. While that’s better than then what he wanted when free agency started hes not worth it. Maybe he hits 15 hr and drives in 60. Not worth it id rather Flores all day. We need to find out what we have that we can fix ourselves. I’d love to see Dykstra and Campbell replace Duda n satin. Duda should get another 50 at bats if he don’t produce let’s see what Dykstra has. I’d rather trAde Duda now see what Dykstra has to offer if nothing by draft sign morales.

  • IndianaMet

    We should have signed Pujols out of junior college back in the late 90s. Nice job Steve Phillips.

    We should have never traded Nolan Ryan back in 1970 and should have signed him to a lifetime contract.

  • Jakal42400

    Yup…totally agree with all of those points. It’s the get MORE for Ike that I just can’t handle with them so far. Unless that PTBNL is of some significance, the trade just won’t sit well with me.

  • gary s.

    Are those 28 other GM’s teams playing to an empty stadium and a fan base that has no reason to guy a ticket?? Jose Abreu would have sold some tickets..Nobody is buying a ticket to see Colon..Both making 10 mill a year..

  • SCarton12

    Duda’s defense is not sub par, it’s par, average, decent, better than half worse than the other half.

  • bostongregg

    ….i’m sure that statement can be justified by some sort of stats, but based on what i’ve seen (and I watch just about every game) that is a tough one to swallow. Either the overall quality of first-base defense has deteriorated or Duda fans are really, really easy graders.

  • RyanF55

    I love how Duda’s HR total is under the microscope. How about DWright’s ONE HR over 33 games. Or how about Grandersons three? Young’s two HRs? Duda’s power production would be just fine if these other three get their asses in gear.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Duda hasn’t shown me enough power at all. His four home runs look nice, but it’s been a long time since the last one and his extra base hits are almost non-existent. If he doesn’t show some real power this season, we need to give someone else a chance or enter the offseason with a hole at 1B once again.

  • tacknaf

    He’s the Terry Collins of first base. Just a placeholder until Dom Smith gets here.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    So who’s the Dom Smith of managers?

  • bostongregg

    Outstanding analogy.

  • DrDooby

    Ryan Ellis ? Pedro Lopez ?

  • SCarton12

    Napoli, Encarcion, mauer, G Jones, Fielder, Cabrera, Swisher, Reynolds, Adams, Howard etc I don’t think it’s a stretch to say middle of the pack. He will never be more than that, but I don’t think his defense is a negative.

  • RyanF55

    So much focus on Tejada/Duda’s struggles. But we know what they are, we know we can’t expect the world from them, yet they are analyzed endlessly. This, to me, is what really matters…talk about a power outage from those we need to hit. Duda is doing just fine if these other three can pick it up. Their numbers are horrible.

  • BronxMets

    Not if they made an offer duhhhhhhh

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    The Mets would hire a hockey player to manage. haha

  • BarnRat

    Limited range definitely, but has looked pretty good scooping up balls in the dirt.

  • Taskmaster4450

    So you are concerned about ticket sales?

    The Wilpons trained you well.

  • Piazza Delivery

    Anyone else, really.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Whoever they bring in needs to win. It’s not just bring someone else, any one else.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Perhaps it is best if you research what those errors were.

    6 of the 7 were throwing errors, most which were attributed to the fact Flores was uncertain about the time he had hence rushed. The analogy is the same as what Murphy was doing the last couple years in rushing things when he had time. The solution to this is reps out there at the position.

    This according to reports…I havent seen him first hand.

  • Piazza Delivery

    Duda was supposed to step it up this year, nd he hasn’t. U can rip on Young, Wright, nd Granderson, but they’ve proven they can play at All Star levels. Duda hasnt

  • USMF

    I saw Duda a lot in AAA before he got called up full time and the Duda I saw hit laser beams up the middle and would hit a HR every game I was at. I once saw him hit a line drive the barely went over 20ft in the air hit the top of the center field wall.

    That’s thy guy we need to see…

  • He’s not the answer and if we can convert him along with Gee or Niese and a young guy for a better 1st baseman, we need to do it. Don’t know what’s available and I know I sound like a broken record.

  • Piazza Delivery

    He’s concerned because the less people show up, the less likely the Wilpons are to spend money. In short, according to those jackoffs, WE’RE responsible for their fiscal measures

  • Taskmaster4450

    Hasnt stepped it up how?

    His BA is 40 points higher than it was last season. His BA with RISP is 200 points higher. He is only pace to at least double his RBIs on a team that has a tough time scoring runs. And if you are a fan of WAR, he is on pace for a 2.5 WAR.

    I think the Mets have other issues in their lineup other than Duda.

  • Taskmaster4450

    If Dom Smith gets there in 2-3 years.

    It is a long way between Savannah and NYC.

  • SCarton12

    According to your statement, Duda is either an all-star or a bust ( needs replacement).

  • Taskmaster4450

    The guy can hit rockets. Even his singles to the right side are smashed (the only way to get it through the shift).

  • Taskmaster4450

    People arent going to go out and see the Mets no matter who is signed. That is a misconception for the most part. There is one thing that brings fans out and that is winning which ironically doesnt help that much in the first season. It is the season AFTER the team wins that attendance increases. So the Mets have to hope for a winning year in 2014 to put butts in the seats for 2015.

  • SCarton12

    Abreu was a 60 million dollar investment. I wanted them to sign him, but it was (still is) a huge risk.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    How long can it be called “the right approach” if it doesn’t produce results? It may look great on paper, but as they say, “that’s why they play the games”

  • gary s.

    Joe D. wrote about the Mets need to sign Abreu last year..Many fans wrote in agreement that would solve the first base problem.Please stop defending your buddy Alderson. A crystal ball was not necessary to figure this one out. Just use the money he had to spend on someone with a future. He failed..End of story

  • RyanF55

    Well, I think that closed that argument.

  • Careful now – don’t start criticizing Pretty Boy. He’s NEVER the problem. He poops out baby unicorns.
    Seriously though – Wright and Granderson were considered “answers” in this lineup, not questions.
    Well, if they could both start having slightly disappointing seasons in stead of being WAY below their averages; we might actually have an offense.
    Lagares was supposed to be awful (offensively) – well he’s been great.
    Duda (whose head I relentlessly called for) has been better than expected.
    Tejada sucks but we all knew that (so he meets expectations)
    Eric Young Jr – (whose head I relentlessly called for) has had flashes (and flops)
    Murphy has been about what I expected.
    It’s the big guys we counted on that are killing us. Could one of them get hot for a minute please?

  • mad met

    I like the sound of your record I am not on the Bambi bus .this dude is a deer in headlights

  • RyanF55

    Exactly. It’s not on Duda/Tejada for this team not plating runs. We know Tejada has no offense, and Duda has done enough. The issue is Wright/Grandy/CY and TDA also. How about they take some blame for once.

  • mattbalasis

    My guess more like two, he’s on the fast track.

  • IndianaMet

    I wanted the Mets to sign Abreu also. His salary this year alone would have been paid for if you had traded Ike Duda And Satin. I do not like Alderson at all and I hate TC. Alderson is vanilla and afraid to take risks. The point is we didn’t sign Abreu and we won’t sign him for the next 6 years. Unless Alderson is reading our posts, why are we still complaining about it? Move on. This team still has plenty of fixes available and Sandy is blind to them. Can’t change the past but we certainly affect the future. People associated with the Mets are starting to figure out that the fanbase is bein alienated. Of we as fans make reasonable complaints, the media may take notice.

  • gary s.

    ‘Why are we still complaining about it’..The team is unwatchable on TV.. If you go in person the place has the excitement of a morgue. What else do we have to do? Kudo’s to Joe D. for having this website to rant on.

  • mets4lyfe

    He needs to be better. It still looks as if he’s too passive at the plate and not entirely sure of what he’s doing. Swinging at sliders down and in while taking fastballs for strikes.

    Duda’s caught inbetween his own approach and the Mets approach, much like every other player on the roster.

  • mets4lyfe

    That’s the Duda from AA, AAA, and 2011. I wonder if the Mets hitting principles is the reason why we don’t see that Duda anymore.

  • metsman

    The guy can do a full split with a foot on the bag…he has clanked some too but that is all anyone pays attention to apparently. I think by mid season his defense will tick up a bit from repetition.

  • Derpy

    “So far he has been an ineffective cleanup hitter, with only one hit in his 14 at-bats from that spot. ”

    Gotta love superstition.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    I agree

    But, C.Young has played well. Remember he was hurt and only has 61 at bats thus far this year. While Granderson(132AB) and Wright(149AB) have more than double the at bats.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Unfortunately there is no one else to give a chance to in the system unless youre one of those who have faith in Dykstra. I dont and neither does Sandy and D3po the 2 guys whom drafted him years ago and then subsequently traded for him

  • metsman

    I’ve always been a huge Duda supporter but I am very curious what Dykstra would do in the bigs. I get that he is old, not a prospect, yada yada, but his numbers have always been pretty filthy.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Throw Dykstra out there. I don’t know if I believe in him, but if Duda is stinking up the joint, it’s worth a shot because, really, who cares? Might as well give him his shot, see what he does, and move on afterward.

  • RyanF55

    I agree with Young and I won’t kill him yet, but he’s certainly not setting the world on fire. He has what i consider a bad BA and OBP. Still very early though, but Mr. Cruz’s numbers thus far:

    .287 BA, .356 OBP, .913 OPS, 9 HR and 29 RBI (granted double the ABs as Young)….looks like he’s the better option, but it’s extremely early.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Lol….I would NOT compare Duda to ike Napoli

    Duda has never hit more than 15HRs in any season
    Duda has never hit more than 21DBLs in any season
    Duda has never hit above .239AVG in any season except for 1.

    Napoli has done more than that predominantely as a CATCHER(save for 1year) while playing only 114 games a season and 350AB.

  • derek murphy

    I don’t think he was a risk at all he was considered better than the guys before him an there outperforming there contracts. Just think Puig how much would he get now with teams knowing what we know now. Abreu was ranked much higher. He hit 400 twice he dominated. The biggest question was defense. He was a steal.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    I think the focus is on Duda and not Granderson and Wright because everyone expected the Mets to improve on Duda/Ike going into the offseason.

    And Wright never gets any criticism he is the patron Saint of flushing

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Alderson has been looking stupid for more than a decade with his 9straight losing seasons as a GM

  • derek murphy

    Dom smith reminds me of Freddie freeman. He’s going to breeze through minors but his power will take a while.

  • Piazza Delivery

    Ur right, I’ve always thought LoDuca would make a good manager

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    I love all those who keep saying signing JOSE ABREU would of been a BIG RISK so give Sandy a break………

    Hmmmmm………

    So you dont think signing a 33yr Old OF coming off an injury plagued season where he was on the DL for almost all of it[for 60million] wasnt a BIG RISK?????

    Or signing a 41yr old out of shape pitcher whom has had serious arm issues in the past and had used PEDs because of it to a 2yr 20Million deal wasnt a BIG RISK???

    Or signing a player in CY whom was coming off of 2 miserable seasons to a 7.4M contract a BIG RISK???

    Its baseball thats why you have SCOUTS to mitigate RISKS. So either they are incompetent or you werent interested in improving the 1B position.

    I think its both since this team took how long to make a decision on Duda/Davis.

    POOR SCOUTING!!!! TERRIBLE TALENT EVALUATION!!!

  • Piazza Delivery

    Did u notice in 2004, NO one was at Shea, even when Piazza broke a new record a day. They bring Pedro in, then Beltran, nd people started coming early, even when the Mets were 1-5 to start the year.

  • Xavier 22

    OK pedant. 19 other GMs

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Lol….C’mon with the Cruz thing. That wasnt going to happen unless you gave him the Granderson deal.

    And do you honestly believe he would put those numbers up in Citi field as opposed to Camden???

    Everyone knows I cant stand Alderson but thats not his fault. Cruz wasnt signing here for 8M nor would he put those numbers up in Citi if we signed him instead of Grandy

  • Piazza Delivery

    No, he’s supposed to supply some kind of power. Why do u think I expect him to have 20 jacks? I expect him to have 25 by the end of the year, ultimately allowing Granderson nd Wright to slump once in a while

  • Piazza Delivery

    In a short burst! Even then, we give him the keys to first base by trading Ike. How bout he keeps that pace up all year.

    Oh nd I don’t care about WAR

  • Hodges14

    There’s a lot of potholes on the road from the minors to the majors. It’s not always a straight line.

  • WillisReid

    They weren’t interested improving the 1B situation, they said as much several times. Including Jeff’s comment about being interested in Abreu only if he could play in the OF.

    It is plenty easy to hammer everything about this organization, but this fantasy narrative about them missing out on Abreu is nonsense.

  • Metstheory22

    That is the same guy that came up first, then someone tinkered with the swing and philosophy.

  • Taskmaster4450

    If the Mets have a “Freeman” in Smith, Met fans will be elated.

    But the fact is many were saying Smith was the best “hitter” in last year’s draft so they might have a major winner in that pick.

    We will know in a couple of years but the early results are very very promising.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Is he a career AAAA player or just a kid who never really got a shot for some reason?

    Hard to tell.

  • derek murphy

    Signing morales would solve a couple of problems. That’s why I’d like to see what we have in Dykstra. To me 1b n clean up are huge needs. Hopefully Flores works out I love him. He is an RBI machine and may end up being the best hitter on the mets. He could also boot a cple of balls and get sent back down. They have tovar and Reynolds who are not far away. Tovar is a light hitter but since 2nd half of last yeAr he’s hit over over 300 in the minors. Reynolds is hitting great and has the pedegree. He will also develop more power. So SS is not such a big need. However if they call up Dykstra and he continues crushing the ball great if not sign morales. This order with Flores n morales would be credible.

  • mets4lyfe

    He’s mostly been a career minor league player because he doesn’t have much of anything aside from moderate power and a good eye. His bat speed has always been said to be too slow for the Majors and his defense at 1B is below-average.

  • Taskmaster4450

    I agree with Leroy on this one.

    Do you really think Cruz would sign with the Mets for $8M? Of course not. He wasnt going to a pitchers park at a discount rate. He signed with the ‘s so he could build his value. Plus, more than half his ABs are as DH which he couldnt do in Flushing.

    CY was a solid signing for the money…you watch. He has skills and they are starting to emerge. He wont be an AS but he will be solid providing decent power and some SBs. Also, if given a chance, he is also a guy who knows how to drive in runs.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Saint David.

    Do you think some Mets fans have a statue of him on their dash board instead of Jesus?

  • Anthony

    I’d take Napoli hands down over the duda

  • Anthony

    Other teams actually have producing first basemen

  • BronxMets

    Ok fool did everyone need a first baseman. Fool

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Try to focus….

    Poor scouting led them to believe either of Ike or Duda were the answer….And it took them “3-4 YEARS” to come to a conclusion between the TWO. Which led them to bypass numerous 1B options like Napoli, Abreu etc.

    A good scouting department would of made a decision by at the latest year 2 and if that didnt pan out would be in position to cut bait and seek other options.

  • rubagreta

    Well if he were Frank Howard or Boog Powell, we would not be having this conversation. But he’s Lucas Duda.

  • WillisReid

    Poor scouting also led the Mets and Twins giving up on Gomez too early. And in the Mets case to hold onto FMart instead of Gomez in the Santana deal.

    Back to your original point though….”So either they are incompetent or you weren’t interested in improving the 1B position.”

    They stated several times they weren’t making a move at 1B. They had multiple holes to fill In both corner OF spots, and the rotation. And they probably added slightly more power to the overall team by going with Young, Granderson, and Duda rather than just blowing their load on Abreu.

    We’re one month into a 6 month season. Let’s not make any bold statemenst now, that you won’t own once the seasons over and the numbers tell a different story

  • SCarton12

    Duda has 4 hrs, Wright has 1. What are you talking about?

  • QueensRussell

    Let’s see if he mans up if and when Chris Young proves to be the bust most predict he will be. BBLB boldly predicting he will be the Mets MVP. Hell, I hope BBLB is right, but it will be fun to see if BBLB doesn’t do the manly thing and admit he was wrong.

    As you said, six mos. of BB left. Little early to throw in the towel just yet.

  • ed charles

    Why argue about Duda. We’ve watched him over two seasons now. He’s a lumbering, unexciting player, serviceable at best — on a good team. The Mets like him because he’s cheap, and they can get away with trotting him out there for another season because they can argue “let’s see what we got.” They told us to be patient with him in LF once upon a time because the kid could rake. He can’t rake. He’s a AAAA player, but we’re forced to live with him.

  • WillisReid

    Right on Russell! CY has looked pretty solid. He has cooled off since sitting against Eavoldi though.

  • Out of place Mets fan

    Cant say the Mets gave up on Gomez, he landed one of the best pitchers in the game at the time

  • WillisReid

    They gave up Gomez because they were unwilling to part with Fmart.

  • Michael Mandelkern

    The patience is good, but I agree that he needs to attack. He may never hit breaking pitches well, but Duda has to jump on those fast balls.

  • Michael Mandelkern

    I disagree, he’s made some mental blunders in the field that cost the Mets big. But as I wrote, he can compensate for it with power.

  • Michael Mandelkern

    Mike Napoli is far more proven than Lucas Duda, I wouldn’t compare them.

  • Michael Mandelkern

    Part of the reason why Duda hasn’t played a full season is because he’s been injured and played so poorly in 2012 that he got sent down to the minors. So I don’t feel sorry for him. People claim he has 25 HR power, but until I see it myself I won’t believe in it.

  • Michael Mandelkern

    Compared to other parts of the field, first base is not a crucial defensive position. I’m not saying it isn’t important, but a low priority.

  • Michael Mandelkern

    I hear you, but given the Mets’ internal options Duda is the best candidate for now.

  • Always made the point, our pitchers are fly-ball pitchers, and if a majority of the league is RHH, they will hit a ton of them to Cruz, which would be a pretty big disaster in itself to watch, and you’d be looking at Lagares running a longer way for those balls hit to the gaps.

  • SCarton12

    I think you’re over-reacting to a few mental blunders so as to fit the agenda of your article. Duda doesn’t need to compensate for average defense however, he needs to show power because he plays a power position, on a team lacking power at other positions.

  • oltl

    He is a mediocre dh. Please lose him. He is rakeless.