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Duda: "I Feel Ready For The Season."

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Posted: 3/4/2013 10:16 AM

Duda: "I Feel Ready For The Season." 


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- After enduring massive struggles with his swing at the start of spring training, leftfielder Lucas Duda has given the Mets some encouraging signs.

In Saturday's 8-8 tie with the Marlins, Duda went 2-for-3 with a double and his first homer in Grapefruit League play this season. "There's no difference," he said. "It's just seeing more live pitching, that's it."


Duda's swings were limited earlier in camp because of offseason surgery on his right wrist. He also struggled to make adjustments to his swing. After two games, he was 0-for-7 with six strikeouts, prompting the team to bench him to work on his swing changes. But Duda has bounced back to collect hits in each of his last two games.


"He might walk in that locker room and say, 'OK, yeah, I'm going to be OK,' " manager Terry Collins said.


http://www.newsday.com/sports/...ng-up-1.4741219



Good to see, considering we've already come across waves of fans looking to bury him over his first 7 ST at-bats.....amidst changes to his approach, and a wrist that's post-surgery.

As someone who hasn't had much of a vested interest in the career of Lucas Duda, in previous seasons - I'm rooting for him to do something positive this year.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 3/4/2013 10:39 AM

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Said it in other threads, but to me Duda is the major x-factor for the club this season. A good season from him at the plate means this lineup suddenly has some scariness to it; certainly not on the level of the league's best, of course, but enough to be respectable, which paired with a healthy pitching staff could mean some very good things. 

I'm not about to sit here and say "Duda posting an .850 OPS means we're playoff bound", but Duda having a solid year makes any aspirations beyond "get through one more rebuilding year" a heck of a lot more tangible.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 10:41 AM

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StelOgStem wrote:
I'm not about to sit here and say "Duda posting an .850 OPS means we're playoff bound", but Duda having a solid year makes any aspirations beyond "get through one more rebuilding year" a heck of a lot more tangible.

With you, 100%.  I'm just looking at it from a "Duda" standpoint, moreso than it making the Mets some kind of contender.

Knowing what we know, at least publicly about Duda's propensity to beat himself up - I'd like to see him build some confidence as a ball-player.  Would be a nice story, and add to extending the lineup a bit more.

But with that in mind, you also hope that he doesn't over-analyze all of these changes he's going to have to implement - against legitimate Major League pitching.  That's where I worry about him the most, upstairs.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 3/4/2013 10:53 AM

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It's about damn time. What is it, a cicada?
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Posted: 3/4/2013 12:20 PM

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so when he was striking out 7 of 8 AB's or whatever it was... it was only 8 AB's... now that he has a couple hits it suddenly he is waking up? even the worst hitters get a couple hits now and then.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 12:22 PM

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xmulderx wrote: so when he was striking out 7 of 8 AB's or whatever it was... it was only 8 AB's... now that he has a couple hits it suddenly he is waking up? even the worst hitters get a couple hits now and then.
.........it's also a situation where guys report to camp and need to knock the cobwebs off.  Nobody's as bad as they seem to be during the 1st few minutes of ST, and you know that as well as anybody, don'tcha?

Same applies to the Darren Reed's of ST.  Doesn't always mean guys "are what they are" in March.

........time will tell.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 3/4/2013 12:35 PM

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xmulderx wrote: so when he was striking out 7 of 8 AB's or whatever it was... it was only 8 AB's... now that he has a couple hits it suddenly he is waking up? even the worst hitters get a couple hits now and then.
wait, so Duda's true performance level is striking out 7 out of 8 ABs?  is that what you're saying?  Duda belongs among the population of "worst hitters"?  c'mon.
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Posted: 3/4/2013 12:42 PM

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DuffyDyer wrote:
xmulderx wrote: so when he was striking out 7 of 8 AB's or whatever it was... it was only 8 AB's... now that he has a couple hits it suddenly he is waking up? even the worst hitters get a couple hits now and then.
wait, so Duda's true performance level is striking out 7 out of 8 ABs?  is that what you're saying?  Duda's belongs among the population of "worst hitters"?  c'mon.
I'm of the opinion that Duda is capable of hitting 20 HRs on the major league level.  That might be his best year, so you had better trade him if he does.
Mets trade away reigning CY Young award winner.
Still have the best pitcher in Baseball.
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Posted: 3/15/2013 9:59 AM

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Per Andy Martino, Duda's not a guarantee for LF and "will have to perform soon". 

From The Dope Over At The Daily News:

Take this to the bank: Lucas Duda will have to perform soon, or Jordany Valdespin will push him for the Mets’ starting left field job.

Talking to team insiders for several weeks, it has become clear this spring that the hour is getting late for Duda. All the obvious concerns that fans can see on television -- confidence, consistency -- are felt internally, too. The Mets have watched Duda work to develop self-assurance since the Jerry Manuel days of 2010, and wonder if meaningful progress will ever arrive.

No one expects strong outfield defense from Duda, but the 26-year-old is required to atone for glove deficiencies by blossoming into a middle-of-the-order power bat. This has not happened yet, and the Mets cannot wait another full season for Duda to find it.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blo...ews-wright-hurt-

Thanks for the revelation, Andy.  Real groundbreaking stuff to "take to the bank".

He's also citing "Met sources" that tell him they're still considering den Dekker to break camp with the club ---- which I couldn't see happening just yet.

Anyone who's kept an eye on the Met 40 Man - and their underlying struggles with Roster Management through the years - realizes that den Dekker isn't even on it yet.

Barring any injuries before the end of ST - and a complete and total no-show from Duda, I couldn't see how they'd explore this route. 

Even if you consider Valdespin for some time in LF (which I'd only see if Duda completely fails at the plate - otherwise, I'd play him at 2B).....you're still going to have Cowgill (CF), Byrd (RF/roving), and Baxter (wherever) to divise playing time strategies for.

- den Dekker to Vegas to play CF everyday
- Nieuwenhuis left for Extended ST; and thus re-evaluated when the time comes

Couldn't see them doing it any other way, to be honest.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 3/15/2013 10:09 AM

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I'm not going to get into this one bc clearly there is a lot of Spin support these days.  I'm no longer the biggest Duda supporter but the way the roster is set up now, there's no point to holding him back imo.  They have to give him a long leash in order to get the most out of his potentially potent bat.  I just don't see the same potential in Spin's bat... to me there's enough difference in their approaches to make me feel that Spin is far more of an all or nothing PA.  If Spin could play a passable 2B I think his bat would play much better there...
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Posted: 3/15/2013 10:14 AM

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DuffyDyer wrote: I'm not going to get into this one bc clearly there is a lot of Spin support these days.  I'm no longer the biggest Duda supporter but the way the roster is set up now, there's no point to holding him back imo.  They have to give him a long leash in order to get the most out of his potentially potent bat.  I just don't see the same potential in Spin's bat... to me there's enough difference in their approaches to make me feel that Spin is far more of an all or nothing PA.  If Spin could play a passable 2B I think his bat would play much better there...
I'm coming from the same standpoint; and feel the same about Valdespin in terms of 2B.  Though, if you're putting him anywhere in the OF, LF was the place he looked "most comfortable" last season.

And as much as he can run after a ball, I still use that term very loosely when it comes to getting a read/tracking a fly ball.

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Posted: 3/15/2013 10:35 AM

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I'm all for giving Spin a shot at the starting lineup somewhere, but if Duda is NOT in the lineup, the Mets are in big trouble.  Other than Wright and Davis, who will provide some pop?
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Posted: 3/15/2013 10:51 AM

RE: "Hour Getting Late for Duda" - Martino, 


I've been strong Valdespin supporter since late 2010. It's a question of whether Spin will put it together. Spin power is very park dependent, but he could still hit 20-25 HRs in citifield.

Duda power is also park dependent and should (not could) hit 20-25 HRs. Aside from confidence issues, I think trying to adjust to Hudgens approach isn't a good idea for a person with confidence issues, Just leave him alone and either he hit or he doesn't.

Basically, I feel that Cowgill, Valdespin and Duda should get 500 PAs this season. And, see what sticks to the wall.
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Posted: 3/15/2013 10:56 AM

RE: "Hour Getting Late for Duda" - Martino, 


Spin should be a trade candidate before he gets exposed too much imo.  He seems like a guy whose likely to self destruct if given enough time.
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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:56 PM

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Based upon what?
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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:36 PM

RE: "Hour Getting Late for Duda" - Martino, 


At the end of the day Duda is below avg. He wouldn't have a shot on many other teams. I don't expect much from him.
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Posted: 3/15/2013 3:44 PM

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Alexandre62 wrote:
Basically, I feel that Cowgill, Valdespin and Duda should get 500 PAs this season. And, see what sticks to the wall.

To some extent I agree.  Problem is that Cowgill and Valdespin may be very similar players in the end.  One of them could be that leadoff hitter the Mets need if spin can show more patience to take walks at the major league level.
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Posted: 3/15/2013 4:03 PM

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Lucas Duda sucks at baseball, unfortunately.

-.5 WAR in 250 mlb games at the age of 27. I think I'd rather have Francoeur.
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Posted: 3/15/2013 4:52 PM

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dgLuvsTheMets wrote: Lucas Duda sucks at baseball, unfortunately.

-.5 WAR in 250 mlb games at the age of 27. I think I'd rather have Francoeur.

Is it sad or just plain embarassing that Francoeur would actually be the Mets best outfielder? banghead
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Posted: 3/16/2013 1:03 AM

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dgLuvsTheMets wrote: Lucas Duda sucks at baseball, unfortunately.

-.5 WAR in 250 mlb games at the age of 27. I think I'd rather have Francoeur.
Duda's got a better bat.


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