May 26, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; Lucas Duda hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Rising Apple Player of the Week: Lucas Duda

After their win last night, the Mets are moving forward while trying to forget what was a dreadful week.  One of the bright spots of the last week, though, was left fielder Lucas Duda.

For the week, Duda had a triple slash line of .391/.440/.652 to go along with three doubles and a home run (thanks to Dan Haefeli for compiling those stats).  For that solid production, Duda is the Rising Apple Player of the Week.

There are lots of fans who are down on Duda, and lots who think he can be a valuable piece of the lineup.  It’s frustrating to watch him be extra passive at the plate at times, but he clearly has ability and massive power.  Duda has certainly had his struggles in the field, but to be fair, he’s playing out of position.  The man is not a left fielder, he’s a first baseman.  Moving on…

For the year, Duda is hitting .235 with 9 homers and 16 RBI’s.  His OBP is a solid .352 and his slugging percentage is .471.  He’s on pace to hit 30 homers but drive in only 54 runs, which is a result of his poor average with runners in scoring position (a .125 clip or 4 for 32).  If Duda can improve with runners in scoring position, it could potentially result in a stark increase in RBI’s, which could lead the Mets to determine it’s worth dealing with Duda’s below average defense in left field.

Tangents aside, Duda had a tremendous week, and is the Rising Apple Player of the Week because of it.  Good job, Lucas.



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