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Lucas Duda | First Baseman

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 256
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Southern Cal
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Lucas Duda had a sacrifice fly in Friday's loss to the Yankees.
Duda hit the sac fly off of Michael Pineda in the sixth inning and would finish the game 0-for-3 with an RBI. It was his 10th run knocked in this season. Duda's slashing .333/.414/.500 this April and looks primed for another big year. You can probably expect the average to fall somewhat, though, as he has just one major league season in which he's batted higher than .253. Apr 24 - 11:24 PM

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Lucas Duda doubled twice and delivered a go-ahead single off Mike Dunn in the seventh as the Mets topped the Marlins 7-5 on Thursday.

The RBI single was Duda's fourth hit in eight at-bats versus left-handed pitching this season. He hit .180 (20-for-111) against southpaws last year. Obviously, eight at-bats isn't a lot to go on, but if Duda can just hold his own against left-handers, he could be an All-Star this year.
Apr 16 - 10:37 PM

Lucas Duda went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a solo home run in Wednesday's win against the Phillies.

Duda hit a no-doubt home run off of Jerome Williams in the fifth inning, then added an RBI double off of Justin De Fratus in the sixth. The Mets' first baseman has four extra-base hits and five RBI in his last two games, and multi-hit games in four out of his last five starts. On the season, he's carrying a .353 average in 37 plate appearances.
Apr 15 - 9:49 PM

Lucas Duda walked, doubled twice, and knocked in three runs in five plate appearances as the Mets defeated the Phillies on Tuesday.

Duda unloaded the bases in the second inning with a double down the right field line against David Buchanan. The first baseman has yet to homer this season, but he has otherwise been hitting well with four multi-hit games and a .345 average in 29 at-bats.
Apr 14 - 10:39 PM

Lucas Duda collected a double and a single in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

Duda finished the game 2-for-4. His double was the lone extra-base hit that the Mets managed against Braves starter Julio Teheran. Duda was in contract extension talks with New York's front office over the spring, though the sides to did not reach an agreement. Those talks will be tabled for the time being. The first baseman slashed .253/.349/.481 with 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 2014. Given that he had never hit more than 15 home runs in any single season prior to last year, it's possible that those power numbers take a dip.
Apr 11 - 10:41 PM

Lucas Duda is not in the Mets' lineup Friday.

He's getting a breather with the club facing lefty Eric Stults, as Michael Cuddyer has moved in to play first base and John Mayberry is starting in left field. Mayberry is hitting third, making him a nice, cheap DFS play.
Apr 10 - 4:10 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Lucas Duda's representatives and the Mets have tabled contract extension talks.

"No agreement was reached, so talks have concluded and Lucas will focus on the upcoming season," Duda's agent, Dan Horwits, told ESPN.com. Duda will make $4.2 million in 2015 and is under team control through 2017, so there's no rush at this point to get something done. The 29-year-old had a breakout 2014 campaign that saw him smash 30 homers.
Apr 5 - 2:48 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Mets "aren't particularly close" to a long-term contract extension with first baseman Lucas Duda.

Heyman adds, however, that the two sides are "working" and plan to continue exchanging ideas until the start of the regular season. Duda can't become a free agent until after the 2017 campaign, so there's no rush. The 29-year-old broke out in 2014 with an .830 OPS, 30 home runs, and 92 RBI.
Apr 2 - 11:53 AM

Lucas Duda drove in five runs with a homer and a double Monday in the Mets' 7-1 defeat of the Marlins.

Duda started the spring 4-for-31 with one RBI. In his last three games, he's 7-for-11 with two homers and nine RBI. We'd call that a rapid improvement.
Mar 30 - 4:19 PM

Lucas Duda went 3-for-4 with a couple of RBI against the Cardinals on Sunday.

A nice day for Duda, starting against a lefty. John Mayberry Jr. will almost certainly outproduce Duda versus southpaws this season, but the Mets will go with Duda as an everyday guy anyway, at least initially. Duda has gone 5-for-8 the last two days to lift his spring average from .129 to .231.
Mar 29 - 4:12 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Mets and Lucas Duda have had discussions about a long-term contract extension.

Duda said the talks have been "preliminary stuff and still in the works," so it doesn't sound like anything is close. Duda's agent, Dan Horwits, said the sides will table talks if a deal doesn't get done before Opening Day. Duda enjoyed a breakout year in 2014, swatting 30 homers and driving in 92 runs, and he appears to be the Mets' best answer at first base for the long run. As it stands, Duda won't be a free agent until after the 2017 season.
Mar 28 - 5:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Lucas Duda will play against lefties to start the season.

There have been some whispers that Collins might platoon Duda after the first baseman hit .180/.264/.252 against southpaws last season, but the manager is sticking with Duda early on. Duda hit .253/.349/.481 with 30 homers and 92 RBI overall last year in a breakout season.
Mar 22 - 3:56 PM

Lucas Duda (oblique) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday.

He'll serve as the Mets designated hitter in his first game action of the spring season. The veteran slugger has been swinging a bit without discomfort since the beginning of the week and should have plenty of time to get himself ready before the start of the regular season.
Mar 14 - 9:20 AM

Lucas Duda (oblique) is now slated to make his 2015 Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

Some reports had him aiming for Friday, but the Mets are playing this one as safe as possible here in early-to-mid March. Duda suffered an oblique strain two weeks ago, but he's been swinging a bat without discomfort since Monday. The 29-year-old first baseman should be 100 percent for the beginning of the regular season.
Mar 11 - 4:16 PM

Lucas Duda (oblique) is expected to make his 2015 Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

Duda has been slowed for the last two weeks by an oblique strain, but he felt good after taking 40 batting practice swings on Monday in Mets camp and should now be in the clear for all baseball activity. The 29-year-old first baseman is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. He posted an impressive .830 OPS with 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 153 games last year.
Mar 9 - 11:40 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Anthony Recker
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Dilson Herrera
SS1Wilmer Flores
2Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
LF1Michael Cuddyer
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
3Cesar Puello
CF1Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
2John Mayberry
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Matt Harvey
2Jacob deGrom
3Jon Niese
4Bartolo Colon
5Dillon Gee
6Rafael Montero
7Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jenrry Mejia
2Jeurys Familia
3Carlos Torres
4Vic Black
5Alex Torres
6Jerry Blevins
7Buddy Carlyle
8Sean Gilmartin
9Hansel Robles
10Erik Goeddel
11Bobby Parnell
12Josh Edgin