Duda is batting .350 (7 for 20) with two doubles, two home runs and three RBI in his career against Teheran. He is also batting .293 with a .476 slugging percentage, nine home runs, 14 doubles and 27 RBI in 67 career games against Atlanta.
Greatness is generally achieved at a younger age than 29 by players that have it within them. But
Duda is off to a blistering start with a .347/.396/.551 slash line and eight RBI in 13 games. He is making more consistent contact for a team that has been the surprise of baseball in 2015.
"He is on the verge of absolute stardom, right on the cusp," Mets hitting coach Kevin Long told the New York Post. "He has strength and size and ability and aptitude and work ethic. He is hitting lefties and he is going to keep hitting lefties. I think he is close to having no deficiencies."
Duda is 5 for 9 against left-handers this season.
There is still a significant gap in contract discussions between the
Duda is taking a new approach at the plate, which has paid dividends early this season. He has racked up three straight games with multiple extra-base hits, including his first home run of the season Wednesday. Duda is batting .395 (15 for 38) with six doubles, one home run and eight RBI through 10 games.
"We're 10 games in," Duda said, downplaying his fast start, per Newsday. "So, let's not get too carried away with what's going on."
Duda has been hot this week, racking up three straight games with multiple extra-base hits, including his first home run of the season Wednesday. In addition to his two doubles, Duda delivered the go-ahead RBI single in a tie game.
"His whole demeanor when you watch him now, he's just calm," Collins said after the game, per MLB.com. "He's the guy that wants to be in that spot. He's taken it on as a big challenge to show he belongs here. He's absolutely revved up to show me he should play against left-handed pitching, and I think that's great."
He has hit .395/.439/.632 with eight RBI in 38 at-bats over 10 games.
“I do believe Lucas’ makeup has changed in the last couple of years,” manager Terry Collins said, per the New York Post. “He knows that he belongs here and he can hit [for] big numbers here. What we’ve got to get him to do is stay confident, stay upbeat and get some guys on ahead of him.”
One area Duda has made strides is batting against lefties. After hitting .180 against lefties in 2014, he is already 3 for 7 (.429) against southpaws to start 2015.
“With Lucas, it’s mainly just getting his direction,” hitting coach Kevin Long said. “I’m throwing a lot of [batting practice] to him, creating a lot of different angles, and I think at the end of the day he’s more comfortable.”
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