Lucas Duda has been great since being handed the first base job

Posted: April 16, 2014 in News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inmanima

The Mets had debated Ike Davis or Lucas Duda at first base for seemingly forever but Terry Collins elected to go with Duda last week as the full time starter at first base in a surprising move. Duda didn’t earn the job as he was hurt throughout the spring and didn’t have a hit until being named the official first basemen before the fourth game of the season. Duda has taken off since and is starting to get the confidence he needs to succeed. Duda had a four hit game on Monday in Arizona and leads the team with three homeruns.

Duda is hitting a healthy slash line of .275/.341/.500 in 14 games so far in 2014. The Mets had been inclined to trade Davis and not Duda over the winter. They really believe Duda can succeed when he is playing his more natural position, first base. They believe this will be a breakout year for the 28-year old slugger.

It makes sense as Duda has struggled with confidence so far in his major league career so moving back to first base full time where he is more comfortable could do wonders for his offensive numbers.

Duda is not in the lineup Wednesday afternoon in the Mets series finale vs. the Diamondbacks.

Is Lucas Duda poised for a breakout campaign with the Mets?

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