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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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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

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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

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson hinted Friday that Lucas Duda may sit Game 1 of the NLCS against Jon Lester and the Cubs.

Duda is mired in a bit of a slump at the moment, going just 2-for-18 with 11 strikeouts during the NLDS. They'll need his bat to perk up if they hope to get by the Cubs and advance to the World Series, but taking a seat against a difficult southpaw does seem to make sense. If manager Terry Collins does opt to go in that direction, Michael Cuddyer could start in his place at first base, or Daniel Murphy could shift over there while Kelly Johnson starts at second.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 08:35:00 AM

Lucas Duda is batting fifth for the Mets in Game 5 of the NLDS Thursday against the Dodgers.

Duda is 2-for-15 with one walk and nine strikeouts so far this postseason, but manager Terry Collins will stick with him in the five-hole against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke. Here is the full Game 5 lineup for the visiting Mets: Curtis Granderson RF, David Wright 3B, Daniel Murphy 2B, Yoenis Cespedes CF, Lucas Duda 1B, Travis d’Arnaud C, Michael Conforto LF, Wilmer Flores SS, Jacob deGrom SP.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 03:57:00 PM

Lucas Duda went yard twice, but the Mets still lost to the Phillies on Tuesday.

Duda put the Mets on the board with a solo home run to center field in the fourth inning, making it a 3-1 game. He then attempted to spark a comeback, drilling a two-run shot off of Ken Giles in the ninth inning, reducing the deficit to 4-3. The homers were part of a 3-for-5 effort for the first baseman. Duda is now hitting .249/.356/.497 with 27 home runs and 73 RBI on the year.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 09:56:00 PM

Lucas Duda is absent from the Mets' lineup Sunday.

Duda is resting along with many other Mets regulars. Anthony Recker is at first base.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 10:09:00 AM

Lucas Duda slugged a grand slam in the Mets' defeat of the Reds on Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati.

It was a first-inning shot off Reds starter John Lamb that set the tone for the Mets' big postseason-clinching blowout win. Duda hit two three-run homers on Friday night and also had a huge performance Saturday. He's batting .246/.354/.482 with 25 home runs and 70 RBI in 130 games this season for the NL East champions.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 07:16:00 PM

Lucas Duda hit a pair of three-run homers in Friday's win over the Reds.

His six RBI gave him a new career-high. Duda has been swinging the bat much better over the past couple of days, an encouraging sign as the Mets move toward the postseason. He now has six multi-homer games this season, which ties him with Chris Davis and Carlos Gonzalez for the MLB lead.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 11:26:00 PM

Lucas Duda doubled twice and walked versus the Reds on Thursday.

Duda had been doing more walking than hitting since returning from his back injury, but he had a nice game tonight. The two RBI he collected matched his total from his previous 41 at-bats this month.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 11:10:00 PM

Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Friday's win over the Yankees.

Duda's second-inning solo homer off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka put the Mets on the board. He would later add a double to finish 2-for-4 in the contest. For the season, the 29-year-old first baseman is hitting .242/.345/.463 with 22 homers and 58 RBI. The numbers have dipped after a fantastic 2014 campaign, but he's continued to provide decent power for the division-leading Mets.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 11:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Johnny Monell
4Raywilly Gomez
1B1Lucas Duda
2Marc Krauss
2B1Neil Walker
2Dilson Herrera
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3Ruben Tejada
4Matt Reynolds
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
3Ty Kelly
LF1Michael Conforto
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
3Alejandro De Aza
4Brandon Nimmo
5Roger Bernadina
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jacob deGrom
2Matt Harvey
3Noah Syndergaard
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Bartolo Colon
7Rafael Montero
8Logan Verrett
9Robert Gsellman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Erik Goeddel
7Jenrry Mejia
8Josh Edgin
9Sean Gilmartin
10Buddy Carlyle
11Dario Alvarez
12Jim Henderson
13Jeff Walters
14Josh Smoker