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.
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
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.
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.