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Mets: Lucas Duda is on fire, and he needs to keep it up

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Jun 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) doubles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) doubles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
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Lucas Duda has been on fire recently for the Mets, and he is the reason the Mets are reentering playoff contention.

As we all know, Duda, who is in his contract year, will likely not return as a Met assuming he wants an everyday starting role. From next year until the foreseeable future, it looks like top prospect Dominic Smith will claim the everyday first base position job.

While it’s important for Duda to perform well this year in order to get a more substantial contract, it is also vital that he contributes to the Mets offense this season, especially in the must-win games. Ever since being activated from the DL in mid-May, Duda has done exactly what’s been expected of him, especially in the last two weeks.

Duda, the 31-year-old known for his streakiness, has been on an absolute tear in the last two weeks. Over that stretch, he has hit .360, with six homers, 14 RBI, and 11 extra base hits. In addition, Duda has now seen his average rise to .278 plus 10 total home runs on the year. This stretch is one of the best that Duda’s had in his career, and when he is on fire, so are the Mets.

The last time Duda has been this good was in July of 2015 when he hit three home runs in two games against the Nationals. While this was nearly two years ago, Duda’s hot hitting propelled the Mets to sweep a vital series against the Nats. From that point on, the Mets got hot, and went on to claim the NL East.

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