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Mets will give Lucas Duda a shot to run away with the starting first base job

Apr 3, 2014, 6:59 PM EST

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Lucas Duda and Ike Davis were supposed to compete for the Mets’ starting first base job during spring training, but both players were injured for most of the Grapefruit League schedule, so we entered the regular season without a resolution. However, the Mets appear ready to make a choice.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Duda will start at first base Friday and will get a shot to run away with the job. Davis arguably has the greater long-term upside, but the Mets shopped him for most of the winter, which is perhaps of an indication of the front office’s preference.

This is a good time for the Mets to give Duda an extended look, as the club is expected to face all right-handed starters until at least next weekend in Los Angeles. Josh Satin still figures to get most of the at-bats at first base against southpaws regardless of whether the club eventually settles on Duda or Davis.

Duda, 28, entered today’s action with a .246/.341/.423 career batting line.

  1. sdelmonte - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Never mind first base. We need a bullpen upgrade ASAP.

    • NatsLady - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      True. In three games our relievers gave up three runs, yours gave up twelve. I just have this feeling–just a guess–that our next opponents’ bullpen won’t be so generous.

      1 >>> 3 >>>> 12

  2. cackalackyank - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Oh de Duda day!

  3. jss1330 - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Are they trying to have a worse defense than the Yankees?

  4. chill1184 - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Sure why the F not, this season is pretty damm pointless anyway. Go Team JP Morgan

  5. raynman49 - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    1937- “Oh, the humanity!”
    2014- “Oh the stupidity!”

  6. doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM

  7. thedudabides - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Duda follows the organizations hitting philosophy more than Ike does, that’s why I’m guessing he’s getting the shot. Philosophy is to see as many pitches as possible, including taking 2-1 and 3-1 pitches down the middle of the plate. Drives me and I’m sure most fans insane. 2-1 pitch is the most important pitch in the game, and it’s almost always going to be thrown for a strike, same with 3-1, those are swinging counts for guys like Wright, Duda, Ike, Garnderson, but you won’t see it with this team.

  8. jssgriffi - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    They are still a mess! When will it end!

  9. spaz80 - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    He follows that philosophy all the way to an 0-6 to start the year. Duda is garbage. Ike should be starting and duda should be selling t-shirts somewhere.

  10. dondada10 - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    They’re better off giving Wilmer Flores first.

  11. hoopmatch - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    New York Mets fans sing his song, Duda, Duda!

    • steelerfan9598 - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      Lol.

    • steelerfan9598 - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      He fields ground balls all day long, this is Duda’s day.

  12. DonRSD - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Duda nor Davis are the answer.
    Get rid of both and bring up a kid from the minors.

  13. aceshigh11 - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    He’ll run away with the first base job…and then promptly blow his hammy out.

  14. xdj511 - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I really don’t get this. Forget everything that’s happened up until now. Ike Davis is a better defender and has more potential to hit for average. All Lucas Duda brings to the table is power and he has yet to do it with consistency in the bigs. The Mets may as well sit that kid d’Arnaud and give Taylor Teagarden a chance to run away with the starting catcher job while they’re at it.

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