Lucas Duda is already 0-for-3 with three strikeouts today and is he is 0-for-6 with five strikeouts over his first two games.
Seriously, let it go Mets. This GUY STINKS!!!!!!!!!!! Was never highly regarded and doesn't belong to play on a NL team with that atrocious defense. The fact that this guy is a lock for the LF spot is a flat out joke.
Overreaction? This is spring training and guys have to earn their job. Duda has yet to prove anything in the majors. Why is he guaranteed a spot?
while you are certainly overreacting to 2 games worth of abs it is certainly concerning and I am w/ you on the fact that he should not be guaranteed jack sh*t based off his performance last season
honestly, i think kirk, cowgill, den dekker could be our best out field
"Overreaction? This is spring training and guys have to earn their job. Duda has yet to prove anything in the majors. Why is he guaranteed a spot?
Well here is an argument to that, Duda has recently changed up his swing and changes like that are not made overnight. The Mets believe that this will help him during the regular season when it counts. Now if he is competing for a job he would be apprehensive to work on a new swing that he is not used to and will take time to learn, which might force him to go back into bad habits just in order to ensure he makes the team rather than doing what the team believes will make him a better player in the regular season.
Now I doubt Duda has been guaranteed a job, nothing is guaranteed. But the fact that he is not openly competing for a job puts less pressure on him to go back to his old swing and have to deal with the media asking him questions about the competition.
i see den dekker as likely putting up similar stats to duda (ie 15-20 hr, a good amt of 2b, lots of k's, low ave possibly below 250) the difference is:
1) den dekker adds speed to a slow lineup and will steal around 20-25 bases
2) den dekker plays plus defense in CF while duda plays some of the worst defense in baseball in LF
i get he hasn't been good but its been 2 games... give it at least a week before you start complaining.