The Mets announced today that they have optioned outfielder Lucas Duda to Triple-A Buffalo.
Duda, 26, has a .241/.335/.391 batting line this season with 12 home runs and 44 RBI this season. However, since June 15, he is hitting just .189 with two home runs and four RBI. He has also struck out at least once in every game this month.
This is a tough move to make. Duda is the third biggest power threat in this lineup and removing him from a power-hungry lineup is difficult. However, he is just struggling so much. Ed Coleman went on The Wheelhouse on SNY and said that he “lacks confidence,” especially when he struggles. He needs to go to the minors and find himself.
I’ve always loved Duda. He’s a big guy with big power. If he “finds himself” and really uses this minor league stint to his advantage, he could become the legitimate power hitter that he has the potential to be.
Both Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis have been ice cold of late, but what saved Nieuwenhuis is his defense. Since June 15, Nieuwenhuis is hitting .145, but he is decent in the outfield, unlike Duda.
The bright side of this whole thing is that it’s Matt Harvey who gets the promotion. I’ve been against bringing up Harvey, but it’s too late to complain now. He’s up here and he’s up for good. I’ve been against it, but I’m moving on now and am really excited to watch him pitch. I don’t expect him to be a lights-out number one starter, but if everything goes right, the Mets will have a rock in the rotation in the coming years to go along with Dickey, Niese, and possibly Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler. It’s going to be fun to watch his development.
Something needed to be done with Duda. Hopefully he will make the most of the opportunity.