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Lucas Duda sits against a lefty, again

8/3/2014

NEW YORK -- It's no longer automatic that Lucas Duda gets left out of the Mets lineup when the opposing starter is left-handed. But Duda didn't play last Tuesday against Cole Hamels, and he isn't starting Sunday against Madison Bumgarner.

Two different circumstances, Mets manager Terry Collins explained Sunday morning.

Lucas Duda

Lucas Duda

#21 1B
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM102
  • HR20

  • RBI61

  • R49

  • OBP.358

  • AVG.261

With Hamels, it was simply the matchup. Duda is 1 for 13 in his career against the Phillies lefty, with seven strikeouts.

And with Bumgarner?

"Some of these guys are just different," Collins said. "This guy throws across his body, and he's hard to pick up. If you're going to give a left-hander a day off, this is going to be the guy."

So, in addition to sitting Duda, Collins gave Daniel Murphy his first day off since the All-Star break. Curtis Granderson is the only left-handed hitter in the Mets lineup against Bumgarner.

Collins said he considered playing Duda instead of Granderson, but that would have required Eric Campbell to play right field, where Campbell is less comfortable than at first base.

Duda had started four of the past six games against lefties before Sunday. He started only two of the first 16 games in which the Mets faced a left-hander this season.

Colon goes for 200: Bartolo Colon goes for his 200th career win Sunday. Colon would be just the third active pitcher with 200 (Tim Hudson and CC Sabathia are the others). He also would be just the third Dominican-born pitcher to win 200 (joining Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez), and just the third pitcher to win his 200th game while wearing a Mets uniform.

Tom Seaver? No. Dwight Gooden? No. The only two pitchers who got their 200th win while pitching for the Mets, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, were Orel Hershiser (1999) and Martinez (2006).

DeGrom takes the fifth: Jacob deGrom has a 1.04 ERA in his past five starts, all wins. Elias reports that deGrom is the first rookie since Dontrelle Willis in 2003 to have a five-game winning streak with such a low ERA.

"A real live arm," said Giants pitcher Jake Peavy, who lost to deGrom Saturday. "He has some deception with his length, and he had a good breaking ball. I think he has a good chance to be really good."

Elias also reported that Peavy was the first pitcher since Elmer Dessens in 2002 to take a loss in a game in which he carried a perfect game one out into the seventh inning.