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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Keith Hernandez gets part of the credit for Lucas Duda’s southpaw success

“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 I learned over 17 years, which I won’t divulge—just basically my experiences against left-handers. I just passed it on to him. But it was no alterations in his swing or anything drastic. It just was what I feel lefties like to do, how they like to work.

1.207 OPS for Duda against lefties this year in about 50 plates appearances. Small sample mirage? One of the things the Mets needed to happen for the Mets to be competitive this year was for Duda to be a productive play. Looks like that’s happening.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 21, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: keith hern, lucas duda, mets

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

New Way to Judge Hitters? It’s Rocket Science, Sort Of

Good stuff.

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 connected. Given regular playing time, the Mets projected, Duda could develop into an elite slugger.

So a year ago they kept Duda and traded Davis, and Duda flourished. In 2014, he hit 30 home runs, drove in 92 runs and established himself as one of the team’s core players.

The challenge now for teams is how to consistently use exit velocity in a smart way. The challenge for fans is to become familiar with yet another of the advanced statistics that are rapidly changing the way people think about the game. Exit velocity is already being mentioned during game broadcasts.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, lucas duda, mets, science, statcast

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Why Lucas Duda is so confident he can have another big season | New York Post

“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.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas duda, mets

 

 

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