Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 weeks ago

Duda homered for the second straight game, blasting a solo home run to left center off Patrick Corbin on Saturday.

Duda finally blasted a home run Friday and he didn't wait long to hit another one. The long ball was his 12th of the season, a far cry from the 30 he hit last year, but he has shown that when he gets on a roll, he can rip off several in a short span of time.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 3 weeks ago

Duda was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Mets' win over Arizona on Friday night.

Duda had produced just one long one in the past month and has been mired in a horrendous slump since mid-June. Now hitting .242 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI, he launched a three-run shot to straightaway center field in the first inning to provide Noah Syndergaard with all the support he would need.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 3 weeks ago

Duda is out of the lineup Monday against the Giants.

Since June 15, Duda is batting just .162 with one homer and four RBI. The extended slump probably isn't enough to cost Duda his starting job, but manager Terry Collins will give him a mental break Monday with the hope the time off helps out the slugging first baseman. He'll be replaced in Monday's lineup by Michael Cuddyer.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 4 weeks ago

Duda's slump continued Wednesday, as he went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts lowering his batting average to .255.

Duda is 19-for-106 with just two home runs and 10 runs batted in over the past 31 days. He has 34 strikeouts in that stretch, as teams continue to pitch around him and make him fish due to the lack of bats behind him. Duda has just 10 home runs and 33 RBI after notching 30 and 92 last season.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 month ago

Duda hit his 10th homer and drew a walk in four trips to the plate Thursday against the Blue Jays.

After a late-May power surge, Duda's bat went quiet, as he entered Thursday with a .190 average and no homers in his last 16 games. But like a lot of power hitters, he tends to go on binges, so this could be the start of a new one, especially with Duda likely feeling good after hitting an R.A. Dickey knuckleball out of the ballpark.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 months ago

Duda is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Braves.

Duda will take a seat with the left-handed Alex Wood toeing the rubber for the Braves. Michael Cuddyer will shift over from left field to play first, while John Mayberry enters the lineup to play in left. However, Duda should return to the Saturday barring an undisclosed injury of some kind.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 months ago

Duda (knee) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres.

Duda was hit on the knee by a pitch Sunday, which resulted in some stiffness and his absence from the lineup Monday, but he will slot back in Tuesday to face right-hander Ian Kennedy. The 29-year-old Duda hit six homers in his final nine games of May to give himself a .582 slugging percentage for the month. Kennedy, meanwhile, has given up 12 homers in just 39 innings so far this season.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 months ago

Duda, who is sitting out Monday's series opener against the Padres with a stiff right knee, expects to return to the lineup Tuesday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

It seems the Mets are just exercising precaution after Duda was struck on the side of his right knee by a pitch Sunday against the Marlins. The injury wasn't serious enough to require X-rays, and Duda himself said he'd be available Monday for pinch-hitting duties if needed. Look for Duda, who had homered four times in his previous six games, to check back in at first base Tuesday.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 months ago

Duda was held out of Monday's lineup against the Padres due to a stiff right knee, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

Duda incurred the injury when he took a pitch off the knee during Sunday's series finale against the Marlins. He's being listed as day-to-day for the time being, which will allow Michael Cuddyer to pick up a rare start at first base rather than left field. The Mets are hopeful a day out of the lineup will afford Duda enough time to recover from the injury.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 months ago

Duda blasted a pair of home runs and a double, knocking in two runs and scoring three, in Wednesday's 7-0 rout of the Phillies.

He could have had an even bigger day, but the Phillies knew better than to send starter Sean O'Sullivan out there against him for the fourth time, and lefty Jake Diekman got Duda out with two men on base. After a slow start to the year power-wise, he's started mashing recently, with five long balls in his last six games.