“I’ll give most of the credit to Lucas Duda,” Collins said. “He is the one who has said, ‘I can hit lefties. I always have hit lefties.’ And I’m going to give Keith some credit.”
Hernandez—who hit .291 against southpaws during his career—downplayed his impact, but acknowledged Duda requested a session.
“We had one day where we worked together,” said Hernandez, a five-time All-Star as a lefty-hitting first baseman. “I just imparted to him tendencies of left-handers that ...Read More...
For months, their front-office executives debated the merits of Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. Davis was a former first-round pick whose career had been stymied by injuries and a plummeting batting average. Duda, a lower-round pick, had worked his way into the lineup but did not have a great batting average, either, or an extensive track record.
Both were left-handed power hitters, and they were close in age. But one clear advantage Duda had over Davis was better exit velocity when he ...
“By no means was that a career year. I know it’s not a career year,” he said. “That was last year, it already happened. This year is all about winning and getting better.’’
Asked if he can do it again, there was no hesitation in his voice.
“Absolutely,’’ Duda said.
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