Comfortable at first, Duda produces at last

September, 4, 2013
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Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesLucas Duda went 3-for-5 with a solo homer Wednesday.


ATLANTA -- First base appears to agree with Lucas Duda.

Duda went 3-for-5 with a solo homer against Kameron Loe as the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 5-2, Wednesday at Turner Field.

Duda is now hitting .371 (13-for-35) with one homer and four RBIs in 11 games as a first baseman this season. And that’s the position he will play for the duration of the season with Ike Davis having suffered an apparent season-ending right oblique strain.

“I’m just going to be myself out there,” Duda said. “I’m kind of a gap-to-gap guy. Whatever happens, happens. Hopefully I can help in some way.”

Said Terry Collins: “It’s a small sample size, but he’s swinging the bat better.”

Duda did readily acknowledge first base is his strong preference, after struggling in the outfield for a couple of years. He and Collins have discussed as much.

“I’m much more comfortable at first,” Duda said. “That takes the pressure off.”
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
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187