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Lucas Duda | First Baseman | #21

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 256
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 7 (0) / NYM
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Lucas Duda went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 5-4 loss in extra innings against the Phillies.
Duda homered to right field off Jeremy Hellickson just three pitches after Yoenis Cespedes launched a one-out solo shot. The 6-foot-4 first baseman wasn't able to live up to lofty preseason expectations in 2015, marred largely by a slow first half, but hitting behind Conforto and Cespedes should give him plenty of extra RBI opportunities this year. Perhaps this is the season in which he exceeds expectations, despite starting the year with a .264/.291/.491 slash line in 55 plate appearances. Apr 21 - 12:09 AM

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Lucas Duda is out of the Mets' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins.

Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto will also get the day off. Wilmer Flores is starting at first base and batting fifth against Marlins left-hander Adam Conley.
Apr 13 - 10:18 AM

Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Duda flared a bloop single into left field with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, bringing home a pair of runs to get the Mets on the board. The perpetually underrated slugger struggled in Grapefruit League play, so it's nice to see him get off to a nice start now that the games actually count.
Apr 4 - 12:00 AM

Lucas Duda went 0-for-3 on Monday and is hitting .189/.268/.270 in 37 at-bats this spring.

Duda is getting a streaky rep after last year's hot-and-cold season. Ideally, he's just getting one of those cold spells out of the way early.
Mar 28 - 4:07 PM

Lucas Duda (neck) is back in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

Duda missed the last two games with a stiff neck. The first baseman is batting .226/.314/.323 with one home run so far this spring.
Mar 27 - 10:53 AM

Lucas Duda (neck) is not in the Mets starting lineup on Saturday.

He was scratched on Friday due to a stiff neck and is taking another day to rest on Saturday. Duda is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Sunday.
Mar 26 - 8:59 AM

Lucas Duda was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a stiff neck.

The Mets say they were just being cautious, as Duda is expected to be fine. He could even be on the travel roster Saturday.
Mar 25 - 4:16 PM

Lucas Duda went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer off Justin Wilson as a Mets split-squad beat the Tigers 7-3 on Monday.

That's an impressive home run, because while Wilson might not be a true lefty specialist, he didn't allow a single homer to left-handed hitters in 72 at-bats last year. Duda, of course, was great against lefties throughout last season after struggling against them earlier in his career. He's 3-for-8 overall this spring.
Mar 7 - 4:18 PM

Mets and 1B Lucas Duda avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.725 million contract.

The deal is close to the midpoint between the salaries that each side filed at, and nearly identical to the $6.8 million he was projected to earn by MLBTradeRumors.com. The 29-year-old slugger slashed .244/.352/.486 with 27 homers and 73 RBI in 135 games for the National League Champion Mets in 2015.
Jan 22 - 9:16 PM

Lucas Duda requested $7.4 million and was offered $5.9 million by the Mets when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

Obviously, a decent amount of ground must be made up in order for the two sides to avoid an arbitration hearing. MLBTradeRumors.com projected Duda to make $6.8 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility.
Jan 15 - 5:49 PM

Lucas Duda went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Royals in Game 2 of the World Series.

Not only did Duda have the lone RBI against Royals starter Johnny Cueto (who tossed a complete game) in the fourth inning, his two singles were the only hits the Mets managed in the contest. The 29-year-old first baseman's been scalding hot of late, going 7-for-16 with a homer, two doubles and seven RBI over his last four postseason games. He'll try to stay hot in Game 3 on Friday as the Mets look to keep from falling down 0-3 in the series.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 11:39:00 PM

Lucas Duda homered and drove in five total runs to help the Mets advance to the World Series via an 8-3 win over the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Duda did all of his work in the early innings, launching a three-run home run off Cubs starter Jason Hammel with two outs in the first inning and working a two-run double off reliever Travis Wood in the second inning. He would add another double later in the contest to finish 3-for-4. The home run was Duda's first of the postseason and the five RBI pushed his total to six. His offensive breakout obviously couldn't have come at a better time. He'll have to wait until the Blue Jays and Royals are done duking it out in the ALCS before he has another chance to work his magic.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 12:04:00 AM

Lucas Duda is in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday.

There had been some speculation that Daniel Murphy would start at first base and Kelly Johnson would play second base, but Mets manager Terry Collins isn't making any changes from Game 2. Duda is just 2-for-21 (.095) with 13 strikeouts this postseason. The full lineup: Curtis Granderson RF, David Wright 3B, Murphy 2B, Yoenis Cespedes CF, Duda 1B, Travis d'Arnaud C, Michael Conforto LF, Wilmer Flores SS, Jacob deGrom SP. Kyle Hendricks will make the start for the Cubs.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 02:02:00 PM

Manager Terry Collins confirmed Lucas Duda will be back in the Mets lineup Sunday for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

He's getting the night off Saturday in favor of Michael Cuddyer, though we wouldn't rule out seeing him as a pinch-hitter after left-hander Jon Lester is out of the game. Duda started every game of the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 05:26:00 PM

Lucas Duda is not in the Mets starting lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Saturday.

With left-hander Jon Lester on the hill for the Cubs, the Mets will give Duda a breather. The slugger went just 2-for-18 with 11 strikeouts in the NLDS. Michael Cuddyer will start at first base in his place on Saturday.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 02:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kevin Plawecki
2Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
LF1Michael Conforto
2Alejandro De Aza
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jacob deGrom
2Matt Harvey
3Noah Syndergaard
4Steven Matz
5Bartolo Colon
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Logan Verrett
7Jim Henderson
8Josh Edgin
9Jenrry Mejia