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NEW YORK - CIRCA 1973: Felix Millan #16 of the New York Mets throws over the top of Johnny Bench #5 of the Cincinnati Reds during an Major League Baseball game circa 1973 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Millan played for the Mets from 1973-77. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1973: Felix Millan #16 of the New York Mets throws over the top of Johnny Bench #5 of the Cincinnati Reds during an Major League Baseball game circa 1973 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Millan played for the Mets from 1973-77. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Tim Teufel #18 of the New York Mets congratulates Lucas Duda #21 after his second home run of the game in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 29, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-3. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Best 2015 Mets position player we don’t talk about enough – Lucas Duda

The 2015 Mets are so fresh in our memories I’m not so sure anyone’s performance has been lost to time. Check your fridge and you may find food you bought before the season began.

Searching through the roster and the accomplishments of the regular position players on this team, the one I think gets overlooked most is Lucas Duda.

I’m not sure how Mets fans really feel about Duda. He was so up and down. In 2015, he had a year where his batting average was a bit better than it usually was but his home runs and RBI totals were down from one season earlier.

Those numbers include a .244/.352/.486 slash line and 27 home runs paired with 73 RBI. Duda did set a personal best with 33 doubles, adding to what would be his final full and productive year with the ball club.

This was also the year where Duda became a first baseman full-time. In his earlier years, he was bouncing back between that spot and the corner outfield. Always short on defensive abilities, Duda’s 2015 moments we remember most are his poor play with a glove on his hand.

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Despite the lack of awesome memories late in the year, Duda was a force in the regular season. The 2015 Mets needed his bat in the middle of the order. Often, Duda delivered.

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