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.
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
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.