Apr 23, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) steps on third base after hitting a solo home run off of St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Seth Maness (61) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Before Thursday, Collins had intimated that he didn’t want to put added pressure on Duda by hitting him cleanup so soon after the trade of Ike Davis officially made him “the guy” at first base.
Collins’ reasoning for keeping Duda out of the cleanup spot never made sense, and those thoughts are hopefully in the rearview mirror now that Duda has been inserted at cleanup.
However, with Curtis Granderson getting a day off, there’s also the chance that Duda being in the cleanup spot on Thursday is something that happened by default more than anything.
We’ll know for sure when the lineup comes out on Friday whether or not Duda to cleanup is something that’s the norm, or if it was just a one day thing.