Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 2 Months

Duda blasted two home runs and drove in a career-high five runs in the Mets' win over the Dodgers on Sunday.

The two long balls gives Duda five home runs in his last six games. He is up to 26 home runs and 76 runs batted in for the year; remarkable numbers for someone who didn't open the season as the Mets' starter at first base. The next step in his development will be for him to show he can hit lefties. If he is able to show some proficiency against southpaws, Duda would start almost every day at first base.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 2 Months

Duda blasted his 23rd home run of the season - a three-run shot to dead center - in the Mets' 8-5 win over the A's on Wednesday.

Duda has struggled at the plate the past several weeks but has provided the long-ball and driven in some runs, which is his role on the team. With David Wright having a miserable season, Duda has been the Mets' main power threat and has delivered more than the team expected coming into the season.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 2 Months

Duda was 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in New York's loss to Chicago Monday.

Duda now has 22 home runs and 66 RBI on the season for the Mets and has been a very nice surprise since getting the full-time role after Ike Davis' departure. He's slashing .255/.354/.484.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 3 Months

Duda went 2-for-5, driving in the game-winning run off lefty Antonio Bastardo in the 11th inning Saturday.

Both of Duda's hits came off lefties, as he got the start and singled off Cole Hamels. Duda is now 12-for-70 against southpaws, as one at-bat Saturday was against Jonathan Papelbon, and should see more time versus lefties the remainder of the season.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 3 Months

Duda, who sat against Cole Hamels the last time the Mets faced the Phillies, will be in the lineup against the lefty Saturday, ESPN New York reports.

Duda, just 10-for-66 against southpaws, will get the chance against Hamels, as the Mets start ti look to 2015. The hope is that Duda shows he is proficient enough against lefties so that he can be viewed as even more of a full-time player, rather than sitting versus southpaws.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 3 Months

Lucas Duda singled in a run and launched a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

That gives Duda seven longballs this month and five over his last eight games. The 28-year-old is hitting just .262 for the season, but it's come along with a .358 OBP, 19 homers and 60 RBI. He's currently on pace for a 29-homer, 90-RBI campaign.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 3 Months

Lucas Duda is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

Duda has been the hottest hitter in the Mets' lineup of late, but he'll take a seat against left-hander Cole Hamels. Eric Campbell will make the start at first base.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 3 Months

Lucas Duda hit his second game-winning home run in three days on Sunday, as his two-run homer proved to be the difference in the Mets' 2-0 win over the Brewers.

Duda tortured the Brewers in the four-game set, hitting three homers and driving in six. He's got four home runs in his last six games to give him 18 on the season. The first baseman is batting .259/.356/.500 with 56 RBI and has put himself into the mixed league discussion with his recent power surge.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 3 Months

Lucas Duda delivered a go-ahead two-run homer in a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Friday.

The Mets entered the top of the ninth inning down 3-0, but David Wright knocked in the first run with an RBI single and Duda followed with a long blast to right-center field. The 28-year-old has now gone deep three times in his last four games and is up to 17 home runs and 53 RBI on the year. It looks like the Mets made the right choice between him and Ike Davis.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 3 Months

Lucas Duda walked and homered in four at-bats in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

Duda was the only one able to figure out Matt Garza, who dominated the Mets. Duda took Garza deep to center for a solo home run in the seventh inning, his club's only run of the evening. The first baseman has quietly been among the most productive at his position, at least offensively, as he is slashing .260/.360/.490 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI.