Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 day ago

Duda singled, doubled twice, drove in a run and scored one Thursday in a win over Miami.

That's three consecutive games with multiple extra-base hits for Duda, who's racked up five doubles and a homer in that span. The early hot streak has his average sitting pretty at .395, and he seems locked in as the Mets' No. 3 hitter right now.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 days ago

Duda went 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season and two RBI in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Duda's been swinging well in the early going, but it took him 'til Wednesday against Phillies starter Jerome Williams to hit his first homer. He's racked up four extra-base hits (three doubles) in the last two games.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 week ago

Duda is not in the lineup Friday.

As expected, Duda gets the night off with lefty Eric Stults on the mound for the Braves. John Mayberry will start in left field with Curtis Granderson moving to right field and Michael Cuddyer moving in to play first base. Duda should be back in the lineup Saturday, but there's a chance he could sit again Sunday with another lefty on the mound. He is not a strict platoon player, but there will be plenty of times this season when he will start the game on the bench when a southpaw is on the mound.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 week ago

Duda will sit Friday or Sunday with the Mets facing lefties in each game, ESPN New York reports.

Duda will play against lefties but will not start each game against them. He will sit either Friday against Eric Stults on or Sunday versus Alex Wood This will allow John Mayberry Jr. to play, although Mayberry will play in the outfield, with Michael Cuddyer handling first base.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 weeks ago

The Mets and Duda have tabled contract talks until after the season, ESPN New York reports.

The two sides were unable to reach an agreement before the self-imposed deadline by each party of Opening Day. Duda, who is making $4.2 million this year, is under Mets' control until after the 2017 season.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 3 weeks ago

The Mets are discussing a contract extension with Duda, Joel Sherman NY Post reports.

Duda, who hit 30 homers last year, is making $4.2 million in 2015. He could go year to year and be a free agent after the 2017 season, at which point he will 31 years old. The key question seems to be how long the Mets want to lock up Duda for coming off one good year. On the field, Duda, hit a triple off a lefty and then homered later in Saturday's game.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 3 weeks ago

Duda (back) was taken out of Wednesday's contest for precautionary reasons according to manager Terry Collins, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

Duda was removed after being hit by pitch in the back, but Collins indicated that he was only scheduled to play another half-inning before his day was done anyway. It's still possible the team will elect to continue playing it safe and hold the 28-year-old out another day or two, but it appears he avoided anything more than just a minor issue.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 3 weeks ago

Duda was removed from Wednesday's Grapefruit League action after getting hit by pitch in the back, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

It's possible this was just a precautionary measure as Duda initially stayed in the game for the remainder of the half-inning. Consider him day-to-day for now, but more news should become available about the extent of the issue in the near future.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 4 weeks ago

Duda will begin the season as the everyday first baseman, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

Duda struggled mightily against south paws in 2015, finishing the season with an atrocious, .180/.264/.252 batting line. Manager Terry Collins has decided to give him another shot, pushing John Mayberry into a straight bench role. It's possible the platoon will return, however, if Duda can't produce against lefties once again.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 month ago

Duda (intercostal strain) went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in his first game action of the spring Saturday, ESPN New York reports.

Duda had been sidelined with the injury since early in spring training but finally healed enough to get into a game as the designated hitter. He is being eased back into action, as he will play Sunday at first base, sit Monday, play Tuesday and then sit Wednesday. Following that stretch, he will play daily and also face left-handed minor-league pitchers, as the Mets see if he can make strides against southpaws like he did against righties last season.