Apr 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits an RBI in 6th inning as the New York Mets take on the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger

Ron Darling: TC's refusal to bat Lucas Duda cleanup is "nonsensical"

During Sunday’s win against Atlanta, former Mets pitcher and current broadcaster Ron Darling weighed in on manager Terry Collins‘ decision to not bat Lucas Duda cleanup in the wake of the Ike Davis trade.

Prior to the game, Collins noted that he didn’t want to put added pressure on Duda by hitting him cleanup so soon after his main competition was removed from the roster.

During Sunday’s broadcast, Ron Darling referred to Collins’ reasoning for not putting Duda at cleanup as “nonsensical.”


Darling has a point.

Even before Ike Davis was traded, the Mets anointed Duda as “the guy” at first base.

If the Mets have enough confidence in Duda to name him the first baseman and trade his competition to Pittsburgh, they should have enough faith in him to think that batting him cleanup after the Davis trade is something he can handle.


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  • joe

    Actually, I think Duda’s main competition is going to be Alan Dykstra.
    It has been funny, and surpising, how visibly upset Ron and Keith have been on the air ately about how the team is being run. I don’t like it either and would be just as upset if a company I invested my career and so much of myself into was suddenly treated badly and run into the ground. I do think it is a little unprofessional at times, but it’s definately understandable.

  • Jimmy Jim

    Ike will be a star for PIT.

  • Not4Nutten

    Instead of adding PRESSURE to his players, TC should try to make them MORE INTENSE, they all look like their sleeping out there! Try getting your catcher to go out to mound or yell at the pitcher, when he’s loosing it! I’m not a TC fan but Sandy gave him two more strike out Outfielders to add to his strikeout Lineup, he hasn’t got much to work with! Billy Ball Baby, the park was buildt for Billy Ball, Play It!