Duda should see more action at 1B

September, 12, 2012
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Terry Collins said Lucas Duda playing first base is not an isolated occurrence on Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals. As a way to get Duda regularly in the lineup over the final three weeks of the season to further gauge what the Mets have with him, Collins said Duda should see additional action at the position.

Those starts, presumably against left-handers such as tonight's Nats starter John Lannan, will come at the expense of Ike Davis. Collins told ESPNNewYork.com that Davis will not dabble at other positions.

Duda is hitting .225 with a homer and seven RBIs in 13 games (10 starts) since returning from the minors.

"The one thing we've got to do is we've got to start seeing Lucas Duda on a daily basis," Collins said. "I think it's important at this time of year to take a look at some guys who are certainly going to have a chance to be in the middle of your lineup in the future. So we've got to see what we can get out of him."

Duda had appeared in only one other major league game at first base this season, in extra innings Sunday. He appeared in two games at first base with Triple-A Buffalo during a demotion. A natural first baseman, Duda started 37 games at the position last year, fueled by Davis suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.88 106 141
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .298
HRL. Duda 19
RBIL. Duda 60
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .864
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 125