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21 Lucas Duda LF
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%: 94/83 | Average Draft Position: 270.63
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Mets hitting coach working on strategy to help Lucas Duda vs. LHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long said Wednesday he feels throwing left-handed will help left-handed hitters like Lucas Duda improve against lefties, according to ESPN. Duda hit .180 against lefties in 2014 and is batting .212 against them in his MLB career.

"I'll move over a little bit more so that it makes it more difficult to pick up my arm slot," Long said. "... That should help Lucas, getting to face me a number of times. I know Curtis (Granderson), every time we faced a lefty, and even when we didn't, would take batting practice off me. All of my flips in the cages are left-handed. Obviously the more that you face a lefty, the more comfortable you should become and be."


Lucas Duda swats walkoff shot Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda launched a walkoff home run Saturday night, lifting his team to a 2-1 victory over the Astros at Citi Field.

Down one run with two outs in the ninth, Duda took Tony Sipp yard for a two run home run to end the game. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. He is hitting .251/.348/.473 with 29 homers and 88 RBI over 510 at-bats.


Lucas Duda getting night off with Colorado in town


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is set to sit Wednesday night against the Rockies. Eric Campbell has been penciled in to play that spot.

Duda has slumped off considerably after a strong run. He is 8 for 51 since Aug. 26 and has not managed a multi-hit game in more than two weeks.


Lucas Duda reached four times in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda reached base four times despite having just one hit Friday, in a 14-5 win over the Reds.

Duda walked three times while going 1 for 3, with his lone hit driving in two runs on a home run. He also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, as he finished with three RBI and two runs scored.

Duda has five walks in his last three games, including at least one in each, after snapping a 10-game skid without one. He is hitting .251/.346/.484 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI in 442 at-bats overall. 


Lucas Duda goes deep twice vs. Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda made his presence felt with a monster performance at the dish Sunday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Duda launched a three-run blast in the third inning off Kevin Correia. He singled in a run in the seventh and went deep for a solo home run in the ninth. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and five RBI in an 11-3 victory. He owns a .260/.355/.507 slash line with 26 homers and 76 RBI over 404 at-bats.

Lucas Duda slugs 24th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-4 loss to the Dodgers Saturday.

Duda has managed to hit three home runs over his last five games, with his latest bringing his team to within one run in the sixth inning Saturday before they ultimately took a loss. The first baseman has hit .256/.352/.491 with 24 home runs and 71 RBI in 399 at-bats.


Lucas Duda swats 23rd home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 with a walk and a three-run home run in his team's 8-5 win over the A's Wednesday.

Duda capped off a five-run third inning with his blast, and the Mets kept the lead the entire game. It was just his third multihit performance of August as he has watched his season rate statistics dip this month. Duda has hit .255/.354/.487 with 23 home runs and 69 RBI in 392 at-bats.


Lucas Duda hits 22nd home run in 4-1 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda provided his team's only run during a 4-1 loss Monday against the Cubs with his 22nd home run of the season. It was a solo home run off Kyle Hendricks, which gave New York a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Duda, who finished 1 for 3 with one walk, has three home runs in 18 August games. However, he is batting .217 with just six RBI this month.


Hitters to sit in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Thinking about starting Stephen Vogt, Lucas Duda, Aaron Hill, Nick Castellanos, J.J. Hardy or Desmond Jennings in Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Lucas Duda not just a matchups type anymore


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/5/2014) If you missed my recent blog post on possible replacements for Paul Goldschmidt, you missed this juicy tidbit on Lucas Duda: Even sitting against left-handers, he's the fifth-best first baseman in Head-to-Head leagues and the sixth-best in Rotisserie since May 26.

That's a span of nine weeks, or about one-third of an entire season. And while the starting date may seem arbitrary (it kind of is), keep in mind Duda was still having to contend with Ike Davis at the start of the year. Back at his natural position and with no threats to his playing time, he's finally had a chance to get comfortable in the big leagues. And the results are what the Mets expected all along.

He's hit a modest .284 during that nine-week stretch, so its not like it's the product of some unsustainable hot streak. He's just drawing walks and hitting home runs, which is what he did whenever he offered glimpses of his potential prior to this year. He just doesn't have the same concerns between at-bats anymore.

"I think just moving from left field to first base was a big confidence boost," he recently told the New York Daily News. "It was terrible. I didn't play a good left field at all. Absolutely, that carried over and transferred to my at-bats."

Maybe if the Mets ever have a week when they're scheduled to face four left-handers, you'd consider sitting Duda, but until then, he deserves to be a fixture in your lineup.


Homer-happy Lucas Duda goes deep again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda's power surge continued Wednesday, as he went deep again in an 11-2 win over the Phillies.

Duda went 2 for 5 in the game, with a two-run home run in the eighth inning to cap off the scoring. He added an RBI single in the seventh, while he struck out once and scored twice.

Duda has homered five times in the last eight games, and now ranks sixth in the National League with 19 for the season. He is hitting .262/.358/.506 in 324 at-bats.  


Lucas Duda hits another home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda belted another home run Sunday against the Brewers.

Duda didn't strike until the sixth inning, but that was all his team needed. With a man on, Duda belted an 88 mph slider from Jimmy Nelson out to right for the two-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. It was Duda's 18th home run of the year. 


Lucas Duda clubs 16th home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda belted his 16th home run Thursday against the Brewers.

Duda was the only bright spot against Matt Garza Thursday. In the seventh inning, he worked a five-pitch at-bat against Garza, homering on a 93 mph fastball. Duda finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Lucas Duda slugs 15th home run Tuesday vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-1 victory over the Mariners Tuesday.

Duda gave his team an insurance run with his eighth-inning blast, and he now owns a modest six-game hitting streak. The first baseman has hit .261/.357/.485 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 299 at-bats.


Lucas Duda may be able to overcome platoon


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) With a .283 (41 for 145) batting average, six home runs and .972 OPS in his last 44 games, Lucas Duda has suddenly become the 33rd-best outfielder in Head-to-Head points leagues and the 39th-best in Rotisserie. He's leapfrogged Michael Morse in both formats, and Morse looked unbenchable for the first 11 weeks of the season.

And the thing is, for as hot as he's been, Duda's overall numbers, which determine where he ranks at the position (he obviously plays first base in real life, but he's more useful in the outfield in Fantasy), aren't anything he can't sustain. He's batting .256 with a .352 on-base percentage and .832 OPS, finally delivering on the power and patience he showed coming up through the minors. He strikes out too much, but again, a .256 batting average is hardly beyond his reach.

The reason I haven't bought into him yet this year -- unlike past years when I was all too eager to do so -- is playing time. The Mets prefer not to start him against left-handed pitchers, and given his platoon splits, you can understand why. But I noticed the other day he's played 88 games this year, which is one less than Justin Upton, one more than Carlos Gomez and in the same range as several others I'd consider "everyday players," which tells me that even when Duda doesn't start, the Mets make a point to add him to the lineup once the matchups are back in his favor.

That might be enough for me to add him in mixed leagues.


Lucas Duda continues hot hitting with homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda continued his season turnaround Friday, as he went deep in a 7-1 win over the Marlins.

The Mets jumped on the Marlins early in the game, and Duda was a big part of that. He slugged a two-run home run in the third inning to put the Mets up 4-0, with his only hit of the game. He was 1 for 4 with one run scored and two driven in.

Duda is now hitting .300/.432/.600 with two home runs and seven RBI in 10 games during the month of July. 


Lucas Duda's confidence at plate continues to grow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 3 for 3 with one RBI, two walks and two doubles during an 8-3 win Tuesday vs. Atlanta. He's batting .350 through seven July games, but Duda has been a much improved hitter since late May, batting .294 with a .412 on-base percentage, .603 slugging percentage and 1.015 OPS in his last 39 games.

"With Lucas, the more confidence he gets, the hotter he is going to be, because when he starts getting hits to all fields, he’s a dangerous hitter, because he can hit anybody," manager Terry Collins said, per the New York Post. "We saw that when he first got here.

"If he continues to swing the bat good, the middle of our lineup is a whole different animal."


Lucas Duda production against righties lead to strong numbers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda still can't hit left-handers, but his production against righties has certainly warranted plenty of playing time.

Duda has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games with five home runs and 13 RBI. Though he is just 7 of 45 against southpaws this season, he still owns a strong overall stat line of .252/.347/.473. He has 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 258 at-bats.


Lucas Duda goes deep in pinch-hit appearance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda came off the bench with a huge contribution Wednesday, though it came in an 8-5 loss to the Athletics.

Duda got the Mets on the board in the seventh inning with a pinch-hit three-run home run. He remained in the game, finishing 1 for 2 with one run and three RBI, along with one strikeout.

Duda has 11 home runs on the season, and is hitting .252/.348/.473 in 222 at-bats. 


Lucas Duda knocks 10th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 1 for 3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in his team's 4-0 win over the Marlins Saturday.

Duda's ninth-inning home run provided the team with two insurance runs that they ended up not needing. While it was his second home run in a four-game span, it was also his only hit in the last three games. Duda has hit .241/.337/.454 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI in 216 at-bats.


Lucas Duda slugs ninth home run Tuesday vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 2 for 3 with a walk, a double and a solo home run in his team's 5-2 loss to the Cardinals Tuesday.

Duda's home run didn't come until the ninth inning and didn't impact the final outcome of the game at all, but he strung together a nice offensive showing in the loss. He has hit six doubles over the last five games while going 8 for 19 at the plate. Duda owns a .246/.340/.454 line with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 207 at-bats.


Lucas Duda starting to look like hitter he was in minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) As I mentioned in this week's Waiver Wire column, I feel this might be the time to finally add Mets first baseman Lucas Duda in Fantasy leagues.

It might be pure coincidence or there is an actual correlation, but Duda has been performing much better since hitting coach Dave Hudgens was let go in late May. I'm sure Duda will never use Hudgens' firing as a scapegoat, but he's slugging .553 with a .963 OPS in his last 16 games. But perhaps the most encouraging stat is Duda has more walks (12) than strikeouts (10) in that span. 

As I pointed out in the column, when Duda was putting up big numbers in the minors, his walk rate wasn't far off from his strikeout rate. He seems to be getting back to that hitter over the last few weeks and could be a nice addition off waivers.


Lucas Duda smacks two-run blast in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda came up big in the clutch on Sunday, leading his team to a 4-3 win over the Phillies in extras.

In a pinch-hit appearance Duda smacked the go-ahead two-run home run off reliever Phillippe Aumont in the 11th inning. He finished 1 for 1 with a run scored and two RBI. He is hitting .241 with eight homers and 26 RBI in 158 at-bats.

Hitters to start in Week 10


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/31/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 10 (June 2-8)? Wilson Ramos, Lucas Duda, Martin Prado, Lonnie Chisenhall, J.J. Hardy and Khris Davis are just a few of the possibilities you'll find in my Start and Sit Hitters column.

Find out what makes them so special here.


Lucas Duda homers, scores twice in victory over Pittsburgh


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hit his second home run in three games Wednesday to help his team beat the Pirates.

Duda was on base in three of four at-bats. He walked and scored in the second inning and capped the scoring with his two-run blast in the eighth.