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Thu, 09 May 2013 14:49:13 -0700
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda and 1B Ike Davis are sitting the bench against a left-handed pitcher Thursday, May 9. Davis is hitting only .167 (8-for-48) with two RBIs and 20 strikeouts in his last 15 games. Manager Terry Collins said Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Locke's "cross-fire" delivery is very tough on lefties. Davis will return to the lineup against another southpaw Friday, May 10.
Fantasy Tip: Davis continues to struggle, so this was an easy decision. Collins also wanted to get Andrew Brown and Juan Lagares some playing time in the outfield. If you're still riding Davis, it wouldn't be smart to start him against lefties, at least right now. Benching him altogether isn't dumb, either.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:51:55 -0700
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis was dropped to sixth in the batting order Thursday, April 25, and OF Lucas Duda was moved up to the cleanup spot as a result. "We've got to get Ike going," manager Terry Collins said. "We're heading into May here. We need to get him swinging the bat like he's capable of. I don't know if he's trying to put too much pressure on himself to hit homers."
Fantasy Tip: Davis is a very streaky hitter and is known for starting slow in April. Well, he's done it another year, and it has become very frustrating for his fantasy owners. If you haven't already, it might be time to bench Davis until he shows signs of life.
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:34:10 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he has no plans to use OF Lucas Duda at first base on days that 1B Ike Davis does not play. 2B Justin Turner is starting in place of Davis at first base Tuesday, April 23, against a left-handed pitcher. "Lucas has played pretty well in left field right now," Collins said. "Now, if I go to him today and say, 'Look, you need to start taking groundballs at first base,' I'm not sure what kind of messages that sends."
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:37:04 -0700
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (back) said he will return to the lineup Friday, April 19, after sitting out with back stiffness Thursday, April 18.
Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:29:34 -0700
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (back) left Game 2 of the doubleheader Tuesday, April 16, against the Colorado Rockies due to tightness in his lower back.
Sat, 30 Mar 2013 12:51:27 -0700
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to be used as a late-game defensive replacement for OF Lucas Duda early in the season.
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:38:26 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said the team will stick with their current stable of outfielders - OFs Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin. Byrd figures to have the best chance for an everyday role at the moment.
Fantasy Tip: The most common outfield alignment will probably involve Duda, Cowgill and Byrd. None are ringing endorsements for mixed leagues unless you're in a cavernous format. NL-only leagues are a different story.
Sat, 02 Mar 2013 23:06:02 -0800
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda homered and doubled Saturday, March 2, in an 8-8 tie with the Miami Marlins. Duda missed the previous day's game due to undisclosed medical reasons.
Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:38:26 -0800
New York Mets manager Terry Collins is unsure if OF Lucas Duda (wrist) will be cleared to play Friday, March 1, after he left camp to be evaluated by a doctor. Collins said it is a "small medical issue."
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:18:11 -0800
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (wrist) was back in action Wednesday, Feb. 27, and went 1-for-3. He will hit in the cages Thursday, Feb. 28, and manager Terry Collins expects him to play again Friday, March 1. Duda was 0-for-7 with six strikeouts before Wednesday.