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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%: 95/68 | Average Draft Position: 151.31
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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.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda in 2-for-12 slump


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The month of May has not been kind to Mets first baseman Lucas Duda so far. Duda is 2 for 12 in three May games.

After raising his average to .351 on April 16, Duda has seen his batting average drop to .304. During the last 11 games, Duda is hitting .250 with one home run and three RBI. He has struck out nine times over his last 36 at-bats.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda does well against Braves ace Teheran


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda heads into Thursday's matchup against the Braves batting .364 (16 for 44) with one home run, seven doubles and seven RBI in his last 11 games. His good fortune might continue Thursday, even with Braves ace Julio Teheran on the mound.

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.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda proving to be late bloomer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Greatness is generally achieved at a younger age than 29 by players that have it within them. But Mets emerging standout Lucas Duda isn't about to complain that he's just now reaching a very high peak.

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.


Still a significant gap in contract talks between Mets, Lucas Duda


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) There is still a significant gap in contract discussions between the Mets and Lucas Duda, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

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."


Mets' Lucas Duda doubles twice in three-hit game Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI in his team's 7-5 win over the Marlins Thursday.

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.


New approach paying off for Mets 1B Lucas Duda


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda's new hit-to-all fields approach is paying early dividends in 2015. He is batting .353 (12 for 34) with one home run, four doubles and seven RBI in nine 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.”


Mets 3B Lucas Duda goes 3 for 5 in win over Braves


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Mets third baseman Lucas Duda got three hits in his five at-bats in Sunday's 4-3 sin over the Braves. Duda scored a run and struck out once. Duda's three singles came during the first, fifth and ninth innings. 

Duda now holds a batting average of .381 through the first week of the MLB season. 


John Mayberry in lineup for Mets against left-hander


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) John Mayberry is in the Mets' starting lineup on Friday, against Braves LHP Eric Stults. 

Mayberry will bat third and play left field. Michael Cuddyer, who has started in left in the first three games of the season, will move to first base. First baseman Lucas Duda is on the bench. 

Mayberry is four for eight with three doubles in his career against Stults. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda to sit one of two games against Braves


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins said that first baseman Lucas Duda will sit out one of the next two games against the Braves on Friday and Saturday, reports ESPN. The Braves are sending out left-handers Eric Stults and Alex Wood on those days.

Duda struggled last season against lefties, posting a batting average of .180 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 111 at-bats.

Duda finished this spring with a batting average of .236 with three homers and 11 RBI in 55 plate appearances.