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Lucas Duda sure is making the Mets look smart

Aug 25, 2014, 9:09 AM EST

Lucas Duda AP

At the beginning of the year (and for much of last year) the Mets hemmed and hawed over first base. They seemed to want Ike Davis to fulfill the promise he showed a couple of seasons ago, but Lucas Duda had flashed some nice power potential here and there over the past couple of years too, so at least they had options. Eventually they decided it just wasn’t happening for Davis so they bit the bullet and shipped him to Pittsburgh, going all-in with Duda.

Nice move.

Duda went 3 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI against the Dodgers yesterday, continuing his breakout season. He’s 8 for his last 23 with five home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs scored. For the year he has 26 homes and a nifty line of .260/.355/.507. He’s among the league leaders in most power categories.

Duda is a year older than Davis, so it’s not as if they just stumbled on a future Hall of Famer here, but he’s definitely the sort of power bat that could very well fit with a contending team, and that’s something the Mets haven’t had for a good while.

  1. chill1184 - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Duda SMASH!

  2. plmathfoto - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    “but he’s definitely the sort of power bat that could very well fit with a contending team, and that’s something the Mets haven’t had for a good while”

    Except when Ike Davis hit 30 hrs 2 years ago..

    Hope Duda pans out better

  3. sdelmonte - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    I wish I knew how the decision making process got here. Because at the time, it felt like a coin toss. Or maybe a choice to get rid of Davis either because he seemed to dealing with the indecision better or because he had marginally more trade value (though the two guys they got for Ike aren’t exactly setting the minors on fire).

    Not that it matters at the moment. On a team where almost no one is hitting well, Duda has been crucial of late.

    • longtimefan1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      They were/are enamored with his exit velocity which is the speed of the ball off his bat which is amongst the very best in the game and is indicative of doing lots of damage in present and future in that the harder they’re hit, the more likely to result in hits and slugging.

      They also liked his swing and mechanics better than Ike’s and his plate discipline.

      I’m very happy for Duda and the Mets. Couldn’t happen to a more humble, unassuming, gracious individual who’s happy just wearing a big league uniform let alone, contributing.

  4. mantastic54 - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Duda is a pleasant surprise, but nobody is making the mets look smart. The major league team has not improved one bit since Minaya left four years ago

    • renaado - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      The Mets were smart not to keep Ike Davis with em, though.

    • cousinrk - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      You realize what a mess the organization was when Minaya left? One of the worst minor leagues systems in the sport, no money to spend and no talent. Did you think it would turn around in 2 years? Now they have the 4th best farm system in the sport and players ready to contribute to the major league team. Its called patience and understanding the situation four years ago

    • cousinrk - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      You realize what a mess the organization was when Minaya left? One of the worst minor leagues systems in the sport, no money to spend and no talent. Did you think it would turn around in 2 years? Now they have the 4th best farm system in the sport and players ready to contribute to the major league team. Its called patience and understanding the situation four years ago.

      • mantastic54 - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Nearly every positive thing about this team is because of Minaya. Harvey,Murphy, Niese, Gee, Mejia, Duda, Familia, Edgin, deGrom,and Lagares are all guys Minaya has brought in. In four years we have yet to see an Alderson draft pick sniff the major league club. His biggest moves have been trading for Wheeler and Black, which were outstanding trades, and the Dickey trade, which was made possible by Minaya taking a chance with Dickey. Lets not re-write history and make it look like Minaya left the team with nothing

  5. mzim2756 - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Very happy they kept Duda, but we all know why. Ike was making over 3 mil and Duda was making under 1 mil

    • longtimefan1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      That’s not accurate on multiple fronts including Duda’s salary which is 1.6 mil. See my reply to sdelmonte at 9:34 am for the reasons he was retained over Ike.

  6. pete2112 - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Jeez, the Mets need one thing to work out for them.

    • sdelmonte - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      A llt of things have worked out this season. Duda, Murphy, deGrom, d’Arnaud, Wheeler, the bullpen. A lot more haven’t worked out, of course, but compared to the D-Backs or Rockies, they seem positively lucky.

      • pete2112 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        You’re definitely a glass half full kind of person.

      • sdelmonte - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Only about the Mets. I am so down on the NY Giants now it’s not the least bit funny.

      • pete2112 - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Well at least you can find a bright spot with the Mets. My wife is a Giants fan and I’m telling her now she better be prepared for another tough season. I almost feel bad for Manning and Coughlin.

  7. mzim2756 - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    I was being sarcastic about the salary being the reason, I knew they had to give up on Ike

  8. bbk1000 - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    It’s making the Mets look smart and a lot of people look stupid…..me included…

    I liked Duda, but not for first base…..I don’t know squat obviously…..and I’m happy.

    With the Mets, I’m thinking it was contract related…..sometimes things work out that way, even for the Mets….

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