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Lucas Duda vs. Ike Davis: Who’s Winning in Mid-June?

By Will DeBoer

Now that the Mets have acquired the player to be named later from Pittsburgh to complete the Ike Davis deal, it’s as good a time as any to check up on the two first basemen who called Citi Field home at the start of 2014. Two months after the trade, would New York have been better off with Lucas Duda or Ike Davis?

June 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits a RBI-single scoring third baseman David Wright (5, not pictured) against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Lucas Duda

Season Totals: .243/.339/.448, 16 2B, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 28 BB, 53 SO

Projected 2014: .243/.336/.432, 30 2B, 20 HR, 72 RBI, 62 BB, 124 SO

Since April 18 (Davis Trade): .235/.333/.435, 16 2B, 6 HR, 25 RBI, 25 BB, 40 SO

Ike Davis

Season Totals: .246/.358/.380, 9 2B, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 32 BB, 38 SO

Projected 2014: .242/.342/.401, 21 2B, 15 HR, 58 RBI, 64 BB, 100 SO

Since April 18 (Trade to Pittsburgh): .245/.347/.371, 8 2B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 27 BB, 35 SO

Winner So Far: Duda (Barely and Without Distinction)

Although neither player is doing anything to write home about, so far the Mets seem to have made the right decision by trading Davis and keeping Duda. While Ike has been getting on base at a slightly higher clip, he’s been doing so mostly by walk and single. Lucas, meanwhile, has a higher OPS (.768) than Ike (.718) with twice the number of doubles and a couple more home runs since the April 18 deal. Those numbers still fall short of Met fans’ expectations for Big Dude, but they are enough to give him the slight edge over Davis at this point in the season.

We’ll take another look at the two one-time New York teammates in about a month. Perhaps one of them will do something to truly earn the title of “winner” over that time.