With all of the struggles the Mets have had over the past couple of weeks, it is easy to overlook anything positive. Some positives can be more obvious than others but they are out there.
One thing that seems to be encouraging is the performance of Lucas Duda. Although his statistics over the last 10 games or so aren’t mind-blowing, they are certainly something to take a look at. It may or may not be a coincidence that he has started to hit after Dave Hudgens was dismissed.
Duda has hit in 10 of the 14 games post-Hudgens, and raised his average almost to respectability from .228 to .242. In that span he was riding an 8-game hitting streak that was snapped on June 4th in Chicago. The power numbers may not be there as he is tied for 30th in the NL in home runs, but he does have a decent average with runners in scoring position which is something the team has struggled with all season.
With very few players having the “safe” feeling surrounding their jobs, Duda, who has been demoted in the past, may have started to feel some heat once the Mets called up Eric Campbell from Triple-A Las Vegas. Whatever the case may be, he seems to be hitting his stride which can only mean good things for the Mets.
Campbell was having a tremendous season with the 51′s. His batting average was a balmy .355 and had an OPS of .967 before the call-up. In first action in the major leagues, Campbell is hitting .302 in 19 games. He has made appearances just about everywhere on the field giving players rest and has even come in to pinch-hit.
There is still plenty of time left in the season, which also means there is time for Duda to go either way, but his recent success is encouraging. These are crucial days for the Mets and their players with the remainder of the season hanging in the balance.