Last month, I explored the fallout from the Lucas Duda-Ike Davis trade and came to the conclusion that the Mets were coming out slightly ahead with Duda over Davis at first base. With one more months in the books and the All-Star Break upon us, it’s time for another check on the involved parties. Has Lucas Duda increased his standing (SPOILER ALERT: Yep.), or does New York like Ike to the point of wanting him back (SPOILER ALERT: Nope.)?
Season Totals: .256/.352/.480, 21 2B, 14 HR, 49 RBI, 39 BB, 70 SO
Projected 2014: .256/.352/.480, 39 2B, 26 HR, 91 RBI, 72 BB, 129 SO
Since June 19 (21 Games): .296/.390/.577, 5 2B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 11 BB, 17 SO
Season Totals: .234/.354/.345, 11 2B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 44 BB, 49 SO
Projected 2014: .234/.354/.345, 21 2B, 10 HR, 53 RBI, 44 BB, 49 SO
Since June 19 (21 Games): .212/.349/250, 2 2B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 11 BB, 10 SO
Winner So Far: Duda (Unequivocally)
Pun absolutely intended: Duda knocked Davis out of the park this month. After firecracker of a month with a .967 OPS, Duda has entrenched himself as not just the winner of this comparison but as a bona-fide everyday first baseman. With historic first-half production, Big Dude is finally becoming the slugger we all knew he could be since that magical Saturday in Arlington three Junes ago.
Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, the Pirates have on their hands the shell of a first baseman. Davis’s OPS since our last comparison sits at a lowly .599, nearly 400 points lower than Duda’s. All Ike does nowadays is walk and single, which makes him more reminiscent of Ruben Tejada than his former first base compatriot. Davis has talked about how much less pressure there is in Pittsburgh than New York, but with no home runs in almost a month’s time, even the Steel City media will have to start taking notice.
We’ll check in again in a month for a third comparison. The biggest question between now and then looks to be not whether Duda will increase his lead but whether or not Davis can hit even one more home run.