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Why Mets' Lucas Duda Will Break out in 2012

Ian HollenbergContributor IIDecember 28, 2011

Why Mets' Lucas Duda Will Break out in 2012

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    In 2011, Mets OF Lucas Duda played his first full season and achieved success. In 100 games, the 25-year-old Duda batted .292 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs while splitting time between the outfield and first base. 

    This year, Mets fans and the rest of baseball will see a lot more of Lucas Duda. Duda has a chance to be one of the bright spots in the Mets 2012 season.

    Here's why.

New Citi Field Dimensions

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    In October, the Mets announced that they are changing the dimensions of Citi Field to make it more friendly for hitters. Among other changes, the deep right-center fence is being reduced from 415 feet to approximately 400 feet.

    This means more home run opportunities for Mets players, which will most likely lead to an increase in home runs for Duda.

A Healthy Ike Davis

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    Last season Ike Davis only played 36 games due to ankle surgery. HIs injury was a big blow to the Mets, as they did not have many other players on the roster that can hit for power.

    This season, Davis will probably bat in the cleanup spot, with Duda following him in the five-hole. Davis, who batted .304 in his 36 games, will get on base a lot and will give Duda plenty of RBI opportunities. 

Too Much Uncertainty To Sit Duda

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    When the Mets lost outfielders Jason Pridie, Angel Pagan, and Nick Evans this offseason, the Mets were left with a lack of depth at outfield. Considering that the Mets have few viable backup outfield options, as well as the fact that new CF Andres Torres may experience some struggles his first year in New York, it is unlikely that Terry Collins will give Duda very many rest days.

    In addition, if Ike Davis returns to the injured reserve (THIS BETTER NOT HAPPEN! I DON'T ASK FOR MUCH!!), Duda will not only take over as the starting first baseman, but he, along with David Wright, will be the main sources of power in the Mets lineup.

    While this may be an up-and-down season for the Mets, there's a good chance that Duda will see great success.

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