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Lucas Duda vs. Ike Davis: Final Comparison

By Will DeBoer
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With the 2014 season officially in the books, it’s time for one last visit to the now-lopsided Lucas DudaIke Davis debate. The last time we checked in, Duda had put even further distance between himself and Davis. Did Lucas make the final margin that of Secretariat to Twice a Prince in the ’73 Belmont? (Yeah, I just learned it was Twice a Prince too.)

Sep 27, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits a walk off two run home run during the ninth inning to win the game against the Houston Astros at Citi Field. New York Mets won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Lucas Duda

Season Totals: .253/.349/.481, 27 2B, 30 HR, 92 RBI, 69 BB, 135 SO

Since August 22 (33 Games): .246/.333/.459, 5 2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 15 BB, 36 SO

Sep 17, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Ike Davis (15) hits a three run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ike Davis

Season Totals: .233/.344/.378, 19 2B, 11 HR, 51 RBI, 63 BB, 78 SO

Since August 22 (28 Games): .215/.307/.415, 4 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 9 BB, 15 SO

Final Winner: Duda

What more needs to be said? Duda may have struggled a bit in September, but with clutch blasts on the final Saturday and Sunday of the season, Big Dude sealed the deal on a 30-homer season, falling two dingers short of Davis’s 2012 mark but upping him by two RBIs. Ike, meanwhile, hit just over a third of the home runs that Duda did and ultimately settled for a bit role in the Pirates’ offense. The only thing Davis bested Duda on was getting a handle on the strikeouts. That, and his team is going to the playoffs. (All the best to Ike and Pittsburgh this October, by the way.)

Sep 27, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) and teammates celebrate his two run walk off home run during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Citi Field. New York Mets won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mark this one down as another win for the Mets’ front office in 2014. Sure, it was a flip of the coin, but the coin landed on the right side. Lucas Duda is the first baseman for the New York National League ballclub, and he will be for the foreseeable future. If he can figure out how to hit lefties like he did Tony Sipp on Saturday night, the Mets’ 2015 run will be all the better for it.

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