Mar 23, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) at bat against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Lucas Duda to get extended look at first base beginning Friday


After starting three different first basemen over the first three games of the season, the Mets will reportedly give an extended look to Lucas Duda at first base beginning Friday night.

Mets manager Terry Collins said after Thursday’s loss to Washington that he would be choosing a starting first baseman beginning Friday and sticking with that player for a while. Beat reporters later confirmed through team sources that the player who was chosen is Duda.

Due to the way the schedule plays out, the Mets won’t face any left-handed pitchers during their next two series – meaning Duda should start every day with both Ike Davis and Josh Satin on the bench.

Thoughts:

During the offseason, reports were that the Mets preferred to trade Ike Davis over Lucas Duda, so giving Duda the first crack at extended playing time shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Davis has more upside offensively and is the better defender, but the Mets seem enamored with Duda’s on-base ability.

After their next six games, the Mets head to Anaheim to play the Angels. Since those games include a designated hitter, it should allow the Mets to get both Duda and Davis in the lineup.

Until then, it’s Duda’s job.

 

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  • Not4Nutten

    This is a HUGE mistake, but that’s Normal for a Terry Collins run team, it’s The Angels all over again. Has Fred and Jeff completed the paperwork for the mall Yet? Maybe they can stick Terry there as Mall Manager!!!!!!

  • Ken Meoni

    To tell you the truth, I wish they got rid of both of them. It doesn’t excite me for both of them to play in the same game. It’s funny how everything looked good with both of them before the were out with injuries, now it’s back to normal for them. Really………….this has turned into the norm. This team is a mess. I say 90 loses.

  • Not4Nutten

    We and all of Baseball are now going to get an opportunity to see just how bad Lucas Duda is!!! Whatever!

  • Jack

    I like Lucas. He seems like the big farmhand who wouldn’t hurt a fly. That said, I don’t see how the higher-ups see more upside with him than Ike. I think there is something regarding Ike we are not being told. Remember when the FO was worried that LoDuca might be a bad influence on Wright because they became friends and Paul was connected to horse racing somehow? Boom…LoDuca was gone. Maybe its that Valley fever or the supposed nightlife in the big city, but I think it is more than just on-field ability. People say Ike had his shot, now its Lucas’s turn. Who played first when Ike was sent down last year? Well, hopefully when Terry told Lucas ‘If this doesn’t work out, you’ll have to play some in left” it scared the hell out of Lucas. I know it scared the hell out of me.