Duda went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays. Duda tied the game with his 11th homer of the season, a second-inning shot off Sam Gaviglio. It's been a mediocre year at best for the veteran first baseman, who's hit just .238/.308/.399 on the season, good for a 91 wRC+. He can still hit righties well enough, posting a 113 wRC+, but his 39 wRC+ against lefties suggests that the 91 plate appearances he's received against southpaws may be 91 too many. In leagues with daily moves, he remains palatable against righties but should be benched against lefties where possible.
Duda was not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Duda was originally expected to be starting at first base and batting sixth, but that was due to a mix up with the lineups in the team clubhouse, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Hunter Dozier is starting at first base for the Royals.
Duda is not in the lineup Tuesday against the left-handed Mike Montgomery and the Cubs, Maria Torres of The Kansas City Star reports. Duda has sat in two straight games as the Royals have faced back-to-back lefties. The veteran has hit just .215/.285/.360 against lefties this season. Drew Butera will again be the Royals' first baseman.
Duda is not in the lineup Monday against the Cubs, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. As per usual, Duda will hit the bench with a lefty (Cole Hamels) toeing the rubber for the opposition. Drew Butera will pick up a start at first base in his stead, hitting ninth.
Duda is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees. Duda will get a breather with a lefty (J.A. Happ) on the mound for the Yankees, allowing Hunter Dozier to pick up a turn at first base. The 32-year-old played both ends of the doubleheader Saturday, finishing 1-for-7 with a home run, a walk and four RBI.
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