Duda must improve with runners on base but has clearly shown an above-average ability to hit for power and get on base.
Lucas Duda has cooled off since April, but he is still putting together a fairly respectable season.
In April, Duda’s batting average was an uninspiring .264. However, he quietly hit five doubles, five home runs and drew 20 walks, equating to a superb .436 on-base percentage and .978 OPS.
Duda’s batting average has slowly decreased since his surprising April, but he appears to be channeling a dangerous combination of raw power and uncanny plate discipline.
Duda now has 11 doubles, 11 home runs and a .336 on-base percentage. Considering Duda is hitting just .228, his on-base percentage is very impressive. He also has seven home runs in pitcher-friendly Citi Field.
The Mets were hoping Duda would develop into a complete and consistent hitter. That does not appear to be the case, but Duda is a powerful left-handed bat with great discipline.
Whether or not the Mets try to trade Duda at some point this season, he has quietly gotten on base at a solid pace. Duda’s biggest flaw, though, is hitting with men on base. Of Duda’s 11 home runs, 10 of them are solo home runs. With runners on, he is hitting just .202, and with runners in scoring position he is hitting .152.
Regardless, Duda has arguably been one of the best hitters on the Mets not named David Wright or Daniel Murphy. That may not be saying much, but Duda has certainly been an underappreciated asset in this lineup.