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21 Lucas Duda 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/255 | Birthdate: 2/3/1986 | Birthplace: Riverside, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 23/13 | Average Draft Position: 271.88
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Lucas Duda still under pressue to produce after Ike Davis trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is finally done looking over his shoulder with Ike Davis sent to Pittsburgh, but he's well aware he has to be productive in order to keep his starting job, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

"I still have to produce," Duda said. "If I don't produce, I won't play. If I don’t get the job done, someone else will."

Duda will likely continue to sit against most southpaws as the team looks to get at-bats for Josh Satin. Duda has hit .256/.333/.465 with three home runs and eight RBI in 43 at-bats.


Lucas Duda to stick at 1B despite outfield situation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) The Mets are committed to keeping Lucas Duda at first base despite dealing with multiple injuries in the outfield, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Duda was shifted to the outfield Monday after the team lost two guys to injuries during the game. However, they'll be able to make a roster move or two should a DL stint be required for either injured player. Duda will likely only be in the outfield again if another emergency arises.


Lucas Duda collects four hits in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 4 for 5 with two RBI in his team's 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks Monday.

Duda had a .226 batting average after going 0 for 1 Sunday, but he spiked his stats with the four-hit effort. He now owns a .306/.359/.556 line with three home runs and seven RBI in 36 at-bats. Duda was shifted to left field during the win as the Mets lost two outfielders to injury. He could see a few more games in the outfield this week until other options heal up.


Terry Collins: Lucas Duda still our starter at first


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Terry Collins has confirmed that Lucas Duda remains his starting first baseman despite his .182 batting average and the placement of Ike Davis in the lineup for the Thursday game for the Mets against Atlanta.

Collins is also planning on giving Josh Satin a start at first this weekend.


Mets still sticking with Lucas Duda at first base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Braves. Ike Davis started at first base Sunday following his walk-off grand slam Saturday against the Reds, but he was scheduled to start regardless.

Manager Terry Collins stressed Duda will remain the team's primary first baseman.

"We’ve gotta at least stick by our plan a little bit," Collins said, per ESPN. "I hope Ike has a big game today. [But] the plan is set in stone in Atlanta."


Lucas Duda goes deep twice in breakout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda made a strong case for more playing time Friday, in the first game of his expected extended tryout against the Reds.  

Duda reached base three times and accounted for each of the team's runs in a 4-3 win, as he slugged a pair of two-run home runs. He took Reds starter Mike Leake eep in the fourth and sixth innings, while adding a walk and finishing 2 for 3.

Duda had been hitless in six at-bats prior to Friday's outburst, so it was nice to see him show some life with something on the line. The Mets are going to continue cycling through a handful of options at first base, but Duda at least made himself known as a strong contender for more playing time.


Lucas Duda to get first chance to earn 1B job


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins plans to pick a first baseman to stick with at least for the time being, and it looks like Lucas Duda will get the first chance to hold down the job. According to the New York Daily News Thursday, Duda is expected to get the start Friday against the Reds, giving him the first chance to earn the job moving forward. 

Mets manager ready to choose primary first baseman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said he's going to pick one first baseman and stick with him as the starter for a little bit beginning Friday, per ESPN. Ike Davis, Josh Satin and Lucas Duda have each drawn a start at first base through the first three games.

Lucas Duda draws a start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda will start at first Thursday.

Ike Davis and Josh Satin started the first two games, but Duda will get a shot this time around. The Mets look to be employing some type of three-headed platoon at the position to open the season. Duda will hit fifth and take on Tanner Roark.


Lucas Duda could see time in outfield this season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda could be used in the outfield this season if both he and Ike Davis are hitting well, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Duda has been limited to first base this spring while dealing with a hamstring injury. The Mets are projected to start Curtis Granderson and Chris Young at the corner outfield spots when healthy.


Ike Davis, Lucas Duda both make opening day roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday first basemen Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will be on the opening day roster. However, Alderson gave no indication as to how manager Terry Collins will use both players in the lineup.

Lucas Duda homers in return to action Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda returned to the lineup Friday and went 1 for 3 with one home run, two runs and two RBI in his team's 9-1 win over the Twins.

Duda has been sidelined for most of March with a hamstring injury, and Friday's home run makes him 3 for 10 with two homers this spring. He's competing with Ike Davis, who went 3 for 3 from the DH spot Friday, for the starting role at first base.


Lucas Duda set to return Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (hamstring) will play in a minor-league game again Thursday before returning to the spring lineup Friday against the Twins, per Newsday.

Ike Davis or Lucas Duda to return to spring action Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said Ike Davis (calf) or Lucas Duda (hamstring) will play in a spring training game Thursday, per ESPN. The one who doesn't will continue to take at-bats in a minor-league game.

Report: AL team might be interested in deal for Lucas Duda


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) One AL team might be interested in trading for Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, according to ESPN. The Mets might not be opposed to a trade involving Duda.

Ike Davis, Lucas Duda progress in minor-league action Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Mets first basemen Ike Davis and Lucas Duda played in separate minor-league games Friday as they continue to recover from their respective injuries.

Davis went 1 for 3 with a double and two walks. He didn't run the bases in the pregame but did some light jogging as he works his way back from calf soreness.

"Hopefully it feels better by next week to get into the big league games," Davis told MLB.com. "I actually had a decent day. I kept the ball in the air, which is nice. I didn't roll over anything, but obviously I haven't hit a live ball in about a week or so. I didn't break all my bats and swing and miss every time, so that was nice. I felt good."

Duda went 0 for 4 with a walk and also didn't run the bases before the game. However, he was able to run in the outfield. Duda is recovering from a hamstring strain.


Lucas Duda ready to take some swings Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda will serve as a designated hitter in a minor-league game Friday, according to ESPN.

Duda has been dealing with a hamstring injury, and hasn't played in a game since March 3. Ike Davis has not been told he'll DH, which means his injury will take longer to heal. The two are fighting for the starting first base job.

Duda hit .223/.352/.415 in 318 at-bats last year.


Injured Mets first basemen getting close to game action


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said injured first baseman Ike Davis (calf) and Lucas Duda (hamstring) could begin serving as designated hitters in minor-league games as soon as Thursday, per ESPN.

"They did stuff inside today, some movement drills -- both (Duda) and Ike," Collins said. "We’re hoping that they do it again tomorrow. And then we’re hoping on Thursday maybe at least get them into minor-league camp and DH them."


Lucas Duda could return Wednesday or Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) The Mets are targeting Wednesday or Thursday for the return of first baseman Lucas Duda from a left hamstring injury, ESPN reports.

Duda was encouraged by his progress after a batting-practice session in a cage Monday. He is competing for the starting role at first base this spring.


Lucas Duda on track to return this weekend


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda's hamstring injury is getting better, and the team believes he will be ready to return to action this weekend, per the New York Daily News.

Lucas Duda not ready to return yet


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Mets first baseman/outfielder Lucas Duda is not ready to return yet, according to ESPN.

Duda is dealing with hamstring issues. He's not expected to be in the lineup Friday. Duda hit .223/.352/.415 in 318 at-bats last year.


Lucas Duda dealing with hamstring issues


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is dealing with tightness in his hamstring, according to The New York Post

Duda's left hamstring is giving him some issues. Duda is not listed in the team's lineup Tuesday. It's unclear if he'll need more time to recover. He hit .223/.352/.415 in 318 at-bats last year.


Ike Davis, Lucas Duda even in first-base competition


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Mets first basemen Ike Davis and Lucas Duda remain on "equal footing" in their competition for the team's starting role at the position, The Star-Ledger reports.

"They’re going to be competing, and at the end of the day, one of them will get the job," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "Either based on what they do in spring training, or our assessment of their recent history. The other will be not starting, on the club, elsewhere — that remains to be seen. But right now they’re both, more or less, on equal footing."

Manager Terry Collins has identified improvements in both Davis and Duda thus far. The pair will head into spring game action even in their competition.


Lucas Duda in the best shape of his life


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is in the best shape of his life, according to Newsday.

Duda reportedly shed some pounds during a team fitness and nutrition camp during the offseason. He appeared at Mets camp Wednesday, and drew some praise from team beat writers. Another beat writer said Duda was "trimmed down."

There's always reason for caution with stories claiming players are in the best shape of their lives. In Duda's case, it makes sense. He's expected to be in a tough roster battle with Ike Davis for a starting spot. It's unclear whether the team will try Duda in the outfield again, but the weight loss could help in that area.


Terry Collins: First base is 'wide open'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said the competition for first base is "wide open," according to the New York Post

After being subject to trade rumors in the offseason, Ike Davis is still with the club, and the favorite to claim the position. If he fails, Lucas Duda is expected to step in. But Collins indicated that he's not going to accept poor performances early. If both Davis and Duda get off to slow starts, Collins said the team could shift Daniel Murphy to first while Eric Young Jr. plays second. 

Collins said he plans to get Davis around 90 at-bats during spring training. "He might get a little tired but he’s too big a piece," Collins said. "We have to know what we have there." Davis hit .205/.326/.334 in 317 at-bats last season.