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Lucas Duda vs. Ike Davis: All-Star break edition

By Will DeBoer

Last month, I explored the fallout from the Lucas DudaIke 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.)?

Jun 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Lucas Duda (21) hits a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Lucas Duda

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

Jul 11, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Ike Davis (15) throws his bat after striking out with the bases loaded in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Ike Davis

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)

Jun 29, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (left) pitches to New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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.