You can never get too comfortable with Lucas Duda. Even though his 2015 numbers were largely in line with his 2014 breakthrough, save a few home runs and RBI, they were still disappointing because of the way he came about them, disappearing for two months in the middle of the season. He started well and ended well, causing Fantasy owners to buy into him and cut bait with him at the worst possible times. Looking back, he was good for only four months of 2014 as well, but since it was the last four months, it inflated our expectations. Now we know, though: Duda is a candidate for 30 homers, but at the expense of batting average, and will drive you crazy with his hot and cold stretches. Between those, the strikeouts and the threat of him sitting against lefties, he's a questionable choice in Head-to-Head leagues.
Duda agreed to a one-year, $6.275 million contract with the Mets on Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Duda posted another consistent season in 2015, notching 27 home runs over 471 at-bats while hitting .244/.352/.486. While there's a chance he won't have Yoenis Cespedes in the middle of the order with him again in 2016, there's no reason to believe the 29-year-old won't post another solid campaign in 2016.
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is out of the lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Saturday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Duda handled first base during the entire divisional series versus the Dodgers, yet he managed two hits versus 11 strikeouts in 18 at-bats. For the series opener, managed Terry Collins has opted to hand first to Michael Cuddyer, who will bat sixth in the order.
Metsfirst baseman Lucas Duda went 3 for 5 with two homers, three RBI and two runs scored in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday. Duda was the Mets' offense on Tuesday, launching a solo shot off David Buchanan in the fourth and then bringing New York within one with a two-run blast off Phillies closer Ken Giles in the ninth. He has simply been on fire over the last five games, and a day off against the Reds Sunday and the team's travel day on Monday did nothing to dampen his scorching bat. Duda now has five homers in his last three contests, with an amazing 13 RBI over that span. He is hitting .529 (9 for 17) during his current five-game hitting streak, and appears ready to help spearhead the Mets offense in the postseason.
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 1 for 3 with a grand slam and two walks in Saturday's playoff-clinching 10-2 victory over the Reds. Since a recent 0 for 8 stretch over three games earlier in the week, Duda's bat has been scorching. The power-hitting first baseman is hitting .500 (6 for 12) over his last four contests. He also has blasted Reds pitching over the first three games of the current series, with two doubles, three homers and an astounding 12 RBI in 10 at-bats. Duda appears to be hitting his stride at the plate at just the right time as the Mets ready for the first postseason appearance since 2006.
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 with two homers, six RBI and two runs in Friday's win over Cincinnati. Though he entered Friday's game hitting just .205 since returning to the lineup on Sept. 8, Duda continued to stay patient and find ways to get on base, drawing a dozen walks on his way to a .393 OBP. On Friday, he showed that he can still bop homers despite recovering from a back injury. As the season winds to a close, Duda should stay true to form - a batting-average liability who can pile on the walks and the homers.
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