Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 day 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 3 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 week 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.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 weeks ago

Duda went 1-for-2 with a ht-by-pitch and only has three home runs and 13 runs batted in.

Duda, after hitting 30 home runs and driving in 92 runs last year, has struggled to match that level and pace of production this season. Part of the reason for that may be the lack of strong support in the lineup behind him with David Wright (hamstring) still out and Michael Cuddyer scuffling a bit at the plate.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 3 weeks ago

Duda is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.

Duda has been surprisingly effective against southpaws this season, posting a .393/.452/.536 slash line, albeit in just 28 at-bats. This is still a good spot to give him a day off, with the Mets facing a tough lefty in Philadelphia's Cole Hamels. Duda's 21 career plate appearances against Hamels have resulted in two singles, five walks and eight strikeouts.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 3 weeks ago

Duda went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday.

Duda has cooled since his hot start, which may be partially due to the lack of protection behind him following David Wright's hamstring injury. He is still getting on base, but his slugging percentage is way down, impacted by Duda having just two home runs after 30 a year ago.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 month ago

Duda reached base all four times up Thursday against Atlanta, picking up a single, three walks and a run.

He just continues producing in the middle of that Mets lineup, and Duda's been offering extra promise by continuing to hit lefties -- he's now 7-for-14 against them this year. This could be the year that Duda puts together the full power-and-average package that he flashed earlier in his career.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 month 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.