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21 Lucas Duda 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/256 | Birthdate: 2/3/1986 | Birthplace: Riverside, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 87/61 | Average Draft Position: 151.28
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Mets 1B Lucas Duda benched Friday against LHP Gonzalez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) A matchup against tough Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has Mets first baseman Lucas Duda out of the lineup Friday night.

Duda, who is 3-for-17 lifetime against Gonzalez, is just two days removed from a three-homer game. He has also hit lefties well this year with 28 hits in 93 at-bats.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda crushes three solo home runs on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) First baseman Lucas Duda was responsible for all the Mets' offense in the 7-3 loss to the Padres on Wednesday. Duda busted out his first career three-homer game, blasting a trio of solo bombs over the right-field wall.

Duda is locked in at the plate right now, as he has gone deep seven times in his last four games. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda slams two-run home run in win Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) First baseman Lucas Duda got the Mets on the board early on Tuesday. The young slugger blasted a two-run home run in the first inning off the Padres' James Shields, giving the Mets a quick 2-0 advantage. They would go on to win the game 4-0.

The home run was Duda's 15th of the year, and the fifth in his last 14 games. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda blasts two solo home runs in Saturday win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda broke out of his recent power outage in Saturday's 15-2 whopping of the Dodgers. Duda, who had homered just twice in his previous 29 games, blasted a pair of solo home runs in Saturday's win.

Duda launched a moon shot in the sixth inning, and then added a laser beam of a homer in the eighth, giving him 14 on the season. 

The two homers were Duda's only hits of the game, but the Mets are hoping this is the start of a power surge for their slugging first baseman. 


Eric Campbell replaces Lucas Duda at first for Mets


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game. 
Duda has started 86 games at first, including the last eight.

He's replaced by Eric Campbell, who starts his first game of the year at that position. Campbell had 14 starts at first base last season.  


Mets 1B Lucas Duda cracks another home run on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/11/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went yard for the second straight game, as he launched a solo home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Duda's fourth-inning blast came off D-Backs starter Patrick Corbin, who had retired 10 batters in a row prior to the home run.

This was Duda's 12th home run of the year, and his fifth against left-handers. 

"When he stays middle of the field, he's real dangerous," Mets manager Terry Collins said, per MLB.com. "That's what he should do. That's what he should be. This guy has power to all fields. There is no park in either league that should hold this guy." 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda crushes three-run home run on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda broke out of a dreadful funk at the plate when he launched a three-run home run on Friday. Duda's blast gave the Mets a 3-1 lead in the first inning, as they went on to beat the Diamondbacks 4-2. 

The homer was Duda's 11th of the season, and his first since June 18. It was Duda's only hit of the night, and he has just three hits in 33 at-bats this month. 


Mets remain confident in Lucas Duda amid prolonged hitting slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda's hitting slump has reached several weeks and it appears there is no end in sight. Duda is batting .157 with just one home run in his last 35 games.

"He's got to be real good in the strike zone," hitting coach Kevin Long said, per NJ.com. "He's got to make sure he stays in the strike zone. He's got to make sure he stays disciplined in the strike zone and not expand. It doesn't do him any good."

Despite Duda's prolonged slump, the Mets remain confident in the 29-year-old slugger. In fact, manager Terry Collins feels Duda will surpass 30 home runs this season.

"I think it's more just getting his confidence back and getting him feeling good in the box," Long said. "When you don't get hits and you start to struggle in the box. It becomes a test to how strong you can be mentally. We gotta make sure we keep him strong mentally."


Mets 1B Lucas Duda not in Monday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda was held out of Monday's lineup at the Giants, the team announced.

He was replaced at first base by Michael Cuddyer, who will bat fifth. Krik Nieuwenhuis received the start in left field. Duda is hitting .138 with two doubles and four RBI in his last 15 games.

The Mets are the underdogs (+135) at San Francisco on Monday.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda mired in month-long hitting slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda heads into Tuesday's series opener against the Cubs trying to emerge from a month-long slump.

The 29-year-old slugger is batting just .179 (17 for 95) with a .263 slugging percentage and .570 OPS in his last 26 games. He has one home run, five doubles, nine RBI, seven runs, 14 walks and 28 strikeouts in that span.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda blasts off against Toronto knuckleballer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) There was one bright spot for the Mets in a miserable loss at Toronto on Thursday. His name is Lucas Duda.

The first baseman provided the lone run and one of just three hits when he slugged an R.A. Dickey pitch over the fence in right-center. It landed 406 feet away from home plate.

Duda, who now has 10 homers this season, is batting .320 (8-for-25) over the last six games after a 5-for-40 slide that lowered his batting average from .305 to .271.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda sits with lefty on hill Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) With left-hander Alex Wood on the hill Friday for the Braves, first baseman Lucas Duda was not in the starting lineup for the Mets. Michael Cuddyer, who usually starts in left field, took over at first base for New York.

Duda is off to a rough start in June, batting .103 (3 for 29) with no home runs in nine games. Although, he has performed well against lefties in 2015. He is batting .345 with four home runs against lefties.

But he has not hit well against Braves starter Alex Wood, with just two hits in 10 career at-bats against the lefty. That, coupled with his recent struggles overall, is why manager Terry Collins opted to sit Duda on Friday, according to the Star-Ledger.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda struggling at the plate in June


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda ended the month of May on a hot 12-for-36 tear over the final 10 games of the month. But since the calendar flipped to June, Duda has had a rough time at the plate. 

Duda has just two hits in 24 at-bats over the first seven games this month while striking out eight times. The cold spell has dropped his batting average from .293 at the start of the month to it's current .272 clip. 

The power-hitting first baseman was hit by a pitch in his knee on May 31, so he could be feeling some after-effects from that.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda good to go for Tuesday vs. Padres


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/2/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Padres. Duda was scratched from Monday's tilt due to left knee soreness after being hit by pitch on Sunday.

But he seems to have overcome the injury enough to return to first base on Tuesday. He'll hit third in the batting order. Michael Cuddyer moves back to left field with Duda back in the lineup. 


1B Lucas Duda (knee) not in Mets' lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Padres. 

Duda was hit by a pitch in the left knee in Sunday's loss to the Marlins. Duda's knee was feeling sore on Monday, which is why he's getting the night off. With Duda out, Michael Cuddyer will play first base and bat fourth. 

"I just kind of got hit in a funny spot," Duda said, per MLB.com. "I'll take [Monday] and play [Tuesday]."

With Cuddyer at first, Darrell Ceciliani draws a start in left field. After getting a day off on Sunday, catcher Kevin Plawecki returns to the lineup and will hit eighth. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda goes yard in loss on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda continued his recent power surge at the plate in Friday's loss to the Marlins. Duda went 1 for 4 and launched his ninth home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth.

The solo shot was Duda's sixth in his last seven games, and he maintains an impressive .304 batting average on the season. 

"He's hot, he's red-hot," manager Terry Collins said, per MLB.com. "Earlier in the week, somebody brought up the fact that he hasn't been hitting homers. When it starts to warm up, he'll hit all the homers we expect him to hit. He's doing that."


Mets 1B Lucas Duda slugs two home runs in win over Phillies


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda started off the fun for his team with a solo home run to center in the first inning. 

Duda, who went 3 for 4, homered again in the fifth inning -- his eighth of the year -- in his team's 7-0 win over the Phillies.

"I’m getting a little more comfortable. Just trying to elevate a pitch and put a good swing on it," said Duda, who saw the same result with the same approach in his two at-bats that resulted in homers, per the New York Post. "I was looking for a fastball up and I was able to get it and put a pretty good swing on it."

In his last six games, Duda has five home runs and eight RBI in 21 at-bats.

"Just trying to keep it simple," Duda said. "Look for an elevated pitch and put a pretty good swing on it. It sounds a lot easier than it is. But that, essentially, is the approach."


Mets 1B Lucas Duda blasts sixth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 1 for 3 at the plate in New York's 6-3 win over the Phillies on Monday. 

Duda did his damage in the third when he belted a solo home run off of Severino Gonzalez over the right field wall, his sixth of the season. Duda is now hitting .294 with 20 RBI on the season.


Mets' Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda return to lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares and first baseman Lucas Duda are back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Phillies.

Lagares, who is batting second, was scratched from Sunday's lineup with soreness in his armpit and elbow. Duda, who is batting third, was held out Sunday due to hamstring tightness.

The Mets are heavy favorites (-165) at home on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Lucas Duda out of Mets lineup with tight hamstring


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is out of the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game. 

Duda was held out with a tight hamstring, per ESPN.

Michael Cuddyer replaces Duda at first, moving from left field. John Mayberry replaces Cuddyer in left, batting fifth. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda belts two home runs in victory on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda had a big afternoon in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Cardinals. Duda went 2 for 3 with two home runs and four RBI.

Duda hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth to pad the Mets' lead to 2-0. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, he belted a three-run shot to put the icing on the cake. The homers were his fourth and fifth of the year and he has 19 RBI on the year. 

Duda has been swinging a hot bat recently, as he is now 12 for his last 34. Although the two home runs were his first since May 11. 

Perhaps most significantly is both home runs coming off of left-handers. The lefty-swinging Duda has been exceptional against southpaws this season, with four of his five longballs coming against lefties. 


Mets slugger Lucas Duda finding his stroke against lefties


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda struggled mightely against left-handed pitching in 2014, to the tune of a .180/.264/.252 batting line in 111 at-bats. He wasn't a whole lot better in 2013 either.

But in 2015, the left-handed slugger has turned the tides on the lefty-righty splits,as two of his three home runs have come aganst left-handers, and he now owns a .410/.452/.615 line against southpaws. This includes Thursday's performance, which saw him record two more hits against a lefty, this time Cubs starter Travis Wood. 

On the flipside, Duda is hitting just .244 against right-handers. But the Mets are not worried about the odd splits for the big slugger. 

"I think it's just a freakish thing," Mets hitting coach Kevin Long said, per the Newark Star-Ledger. "I'm not putting any big evidence into that. Like, now Duda can't hit righties? That's probably not the case. I wouldn't go there."

The Mets will face three right-handed starters in their upcoming series against the Brewers.


Mets first baseman Lucas Duda crushes third home run of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 at the plate in New York's 4-3 loss to the Cubs on Monday.

Duda did his damage in the sixth inning when he ripped a solo home run off of Jon Lester, his third of the season. Duda moved his average to .287 with 13 RBI in 115 at-bats this season.


Mets' Lucas Duda back in lineup at 1B Saturday, Michael Cuddyer in LF


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Lucas Duda will return to first base for the Mets, batting third, on Saturday, shifting Michael Cuddyer back to left field, batting cleanup, in Philadelphia.

Duda got the night off Friday against left-hander Cole Hamels and is back in Saturday against righty Aaron Harang.

Duda is hitting just .150 over his last 20 at-bats.

Matchup against Hamels has Mets 1B Lucas Duda benched


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Several factors have entered into play to prevent Mets first baseman Lucas Duda from entering into play Friday night.

The first is a lefty-lefty matchup against Phillies premier starter Cole Hamels. The second is that he is 2-for-16 lifetime against the southpaw. The third is that Duda has just three hits in his last 20 at-bats.

Michael Cuddyer is set to play first instead while John Mayberry will take Duda's place in the third spot of the order.

Duda still boasts a strong slash line of .290/.379/.440.