Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 month ago

Duda went 1-for-3 with a home run in Monday's win over Philadelphia.

Duda returned with a bang after missing Sunday's game with a minor hamstring issue. He hit home run number six to deep right center in the third inning to tie the ball game. It would be safe to assume that he'll be in the lineup moving forward, barring any setbacks.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 month ago

Duda (hamstring) will return to the lineup Monday against the Phillies, Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Duda was held out of Sunday's lineup as a precaution, but the ailment won't end up costing him back-to-back games. He'll return to the three-spot in the order Monday afternoon.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 month ago

Duda will not play Sunday due to hamstring tightness, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Duda perhaps looked to have tweaked his hamstring Saturday night, but insisted to manager Terry Collins that he was OK. It turns out he's experiencing a slight bit of discomfort, however, so the Mets will play it safe and rest their first baseman for the afternoon contest. Consider Duda day-to-day heading into Monday's series opener against the Phillies.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 month ago

Duda found his power stroke Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a pair of homers, a walk, four RBI and three runs in a win over the Cardinals.

Duda's been a steady source of batting average in the early going, but after finishing with 30 long balls last season, he'd hit just three homers in the season's first 41 games, so it's nice to see him hit a couple balls a long way. Duda's numbers for the season remain fairly modest, but keep in mind that Travis d'Arnaud and David Wright are both within two weeks of returning from injury, which should energize the middle of the Mets' lineup and help boost the big first baseman's numbers.