Thursday, April 10, 2014
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, The Lucas Duda Audition is over.... For the time being?
Terry Collins told ESPN that Ike Davis will start Thursday's series finale against the Atlanta Braves. Duda is 2-for-13 since a two-homer game last Friday.
The Mets face left-handed pitchers on Friday and Sunday against the Angels (Tyler Skaggs and C.J. Wilson), so that may end up being an opportunity for Josh Satin to start.
Overall Duda is hitting .182 with two homers and four RBIs through 22 at-bats this season.
Meanwhile, Davis is hitting .400 with one homer and four RBIs in only 10 at-bats.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
W: J. Mejia (1-0) L: M. Leake (0-1) S: J. Valverde (1)
HR: CIN - J. Bruce (2) NYM - L. Duda (1),L. Duda (2)
Lucas Duda launched a pair of two-run homers, Jenrry Mejia struck out a career-high eight batters, and the New York Mets claimed their first win of the season with a 4-3 decision over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday in the opener of a three-game set at Citi Field.
Duda took Cincinnati starter Mike Leake deep in the fourth and then again in the sixth to provide plenty of run support for Mejia (1-0), who held the Reds to one run on four hits and five walks over six frames.
New York reliever John Lannan served up a two-run blast to Jay Bruce in the seventh that brought the Reds within one, but Kyle Farnsworth fanned Ryan Ludwick to end the frame before working a scoreless eighth.
Free-agent acquisition Jose Valverde then stranded Reds on first and second in the ninth to nail down his first save with the Mets.
Bruce finished 2-for-5 and knocked in all three Cincinnati runs, while Leake (0-1) allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over 6 2/3 frames for the Reds, who dropped two-of-three to St. Louis to open the season.
Cincinnati nearly broke through in the opening frame, as Brandon Phillips crushed a 1-2 changeup deep into left field. However, Eric Young, Jr. raced back to the warning track and made a leaping grab at the wall to keep the game scoreless.
The Reds eventually pushed a run across in the third when Bruce followed a two-out walk from Joey Votto with a single to center to score Roger Bernadina, who worked a one-out free pass.
Duda's power display started in the fourth, as he followed Curtis Granderson's leadoff double with a drive over the wall in right-center field to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
After going down in order in the fifth, New York doubled its lead in the sixth when Duda drilled a 2-1 sinker from Leake over the right-field wall to make it 4-1 in favor of the Mets.
Bruce belted his second homer of the season with two outs in the seventh to slice Cincinnati's deficit to one, but New York's bullpen closed the door over the final two frames to secure the team's first win.
Duda recorded his fifth career multi-homer game ... Mejia, who went 1-2 with a 2.30 earned run average in five starts last season, threw a career-high 101 pitches ... Prior to the game, Young was awarded the Lou Brock Award for leading the National League in steals last year with 46 ... Cincinnati went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Mets News: Mets going to play Duda at 1B against Reds and Beyond?According to ESPN's team insiders, The Mets plan to use Lucas Duda at First base during the Cincinnati Reds Series and possibly beyond that.
The Mets do not face any left-handers against the Cincinnati Reds or Atlanta Braves the next two series, so it is an opportune time, since Josh Satin would not be used anyway.
The Mets will have the DH after that in Anaheim. You can assume they play both Duda and Ike Davis in the lineup with Duda DH'ing...
Duda told ESPN he had not been informed of any such decision.
Duda started his first game of the season in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals and went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is 0-for-6 with a walk and three strikeouts for the season, having appeared in all three games.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Recap, Harvey Rehab, Wright Counseling, Mejia, Viola, Davis, Duda, Farnsworth, Pelfrey, Dice-K, Quintanilla, Fan Poll Results
Spring Training Recap: Mets 7-3 losers to Nationals....Travis d'Arnaud did hit a wind blow HR off Stephen Strasburg
Matt Harvey and the Mets have settled on a rehab plan. During the season’s first couple of months, Harvey will rehab in New York when the Mets are at home and work out in Port St. Lucie when the big-league club is away from Citi Field. Once he begins expected mound work in June, the rehab will shift nearly exclusively to the team’s Florida complex. Read Here
David Wright was among those counseling Harvey on the rehab subject. Read Joel Sherman in the Post
No Relief Role for Jenrry Mejia. Alderson tells media that he will be a starter this season. Read Here
Frank Viola will require open-heart surgery next Wednesday and will be unable to serve as pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas. Read more in Newsday and MLB.com.
The Wilpons’ settlement with the trustee collecting money for victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is down to $80 million, to be paid in equal installments in 2016 and 2017. Read ESPN
Sandy Alderson expects Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both to be on the Opening Day roster. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.
Kyle Farnsworth, who is due to be re-signed by the Mets, rode the bus to Viera on Tuesday with the team despite technically not being a member of the organization. Read Here
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Ike Davis went 1-for-7 with two strikeouts and Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a homer and two walks in intrasquad games on the minor-league side of the complex Tuesday.
Davis (calf) ran the bases before the game, but not upon making contact during the game. Duda (hamstring) only ran in postgame conditioning.
Both Davis and Duda continue to get AB's. as DH's ....Ike Davis went 1-for-4 with a walk and Lucas Duda went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and walk in at-bats against Class A minor leaguers on Monday.
Neither rehabbing player ran the bases after making contact, but Davis (calf) and Duda (hamstring) did run afterward during conditioning work.
Due to a calf injury, Davis has not played since March 2. Duda, hamstring, has not played since March 3 with the big club.
With only 12 Grapefruit League games (including a split squad) for the Mets, Terry Collins acknowledges that time is running out to have enough playing time to separate the two and pick a starting first baseman.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda who are both have leg issues, got more at-bats on the minor-league side. They both served as designated hitters in intrasquad games.
Neither ran, although it was reported that Duda did jog into second base on a double before departing for a pinch runner.
Davis went 0-for-4 with two walks. Duda went 1-for-6.
Afterward, Davis slightly ramped up his running which is a good sign for the Mets...
Friday, March 14, 2014
Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, both sidelined since early last week with leg injuries, got five plate appearances apiece in minor-league games Friday.
Neither player ran after making contact, although Duda (hamstring) went through a running program afterward. Davis (calf) had lightly jogged before the game.
Davis went 1-for-3 with two walks against A-ball pitching. Duda went 0-for-4 with a walk, including one shot caught at the right-field wall.
Both expected to get more minor-league at-bats Saturday. Davis expected 10 games and 30 at-bats on the major-league side would ready him for the regular season.
Davis said his calf, because it had been idle for so long, remains somewhat weak due to "a little bit of atrophy." He plans to wear compression socks on both legs throughout the season to keep them warm.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
According to a report from Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Terry Collins expects Daniel Murphy to return to the Grapefruit League lineup on Wednesday, when the Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals at Tradition Field.
Rubin also iterates that Collins believes Lucas Duda and Ike Davis could be serving as designated hitters on a minor-league field as soon as Thursday.
Murphy has been hampered with a shin injury, Duda has been bothered by a left hamstring injury and Davis has been troubled by a right calf injury that has had him walking around in a boot to stabilize his injury.
Collins told ESPN:
“They did stuff inside today, some movement drills -- both Duda and Ike,” “We’re hoping that they do it again tomorrow. And then we’re hoping on Thursday maybe at least get them into minor-league camp and DH them.”
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Mets are eyeing Wednesday or Thursday for Lucas Duda to return from a left-hamstring injury that has kept him out of Grapefruit League play for a week.
Duda was encouraged after taking batting practice in a cage Monday.
Meanwhile, Terry Collins said he hoped Ike Davis would be able to serve as a designated hitter on the minor-league side by the weekend. Collins readily acknowledged, though, that it was merely a hope.
Davis has been idle for a week and is now wearing a walking boot on his right foot because of a calf strain.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN Ny, Terry Collins said Saturday afternoon that both Lucas Duda and Ike Davis will not be ready to return to Grapefruit League action Sunday when the Mets host the Atlanta Braves.
Ike Davis (calves) hit in Thursday's simulated game but has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since Sunday. Lucas Duda (left hamstring) last appeared in a game Monday.
"I'd rather have them out in the first half of spring training rather than the last half," Sandy Alderson said. "We've got lots of time left."
Friday, March 07, 2014
First Baseman Lucas Duda is still is idle as he still is dealing with tightness in his left hamstring.
"It's just tight at the bottom of the hamstring," Duda said. "It's feeling much better daily."
Duda is competing for the first base job along with Ike Davis who is also battling leg injuries himself..
Monday, March 03, 2014
Lucas Duda, who started Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves at first base, departed with leg stiffness, Terry Collins said.
Collins indicated the rash of minor maladies is likely because of sun-baked fields and the effort being exerted by the players in camp.
The manager expected Ike Davis (calves), Ruben Tejada (hamstring) and Eric Young Jr. (side muscle) all to enter the lineup Tuesday, however.
Friday, February 14, 2014
I have been in recent torment from friends over the idea of who is going to play first base for the 2014 New York Mets.
It's Pretty clear and simple, It's Ike Davis' job to lose with Lucas Duda behind him for the job...
Then we have the second tier elite with Josh Satin, Andrew Brown, Matt Clark and even Ill throw Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores in there as well....
I want to get an Idea who you prefer to be at first base in 2014..
Please Vote Below and It will also be on our right side bar...
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
The Wilpon family has strong ties to Michigan University as Fred Wilpon and son Jeff Wilpon are both graduates there... Mike Barwis, who is the football team’s strength and conditioning coach became friends with Jeff Wilpon and eventually, the Mets hired Barwis as a consultant.
The Mets GM Sandy Alderson after the 2013 season wanted to offer a more regimented off-season training program for some of their younger players.
The Mets have suggested the Michigan training program to players Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda, Dominic Smith, Patrick Biondi, and Phillip Evans, two recently drafted players, became part of the group, as well.
The program was voluntary, the cost split between the organization and each player.
The players reported for about four weeks in the fall and have returned recently to put in a few more weeks before spring training. Juan Lagares, the Mets center fielder has joined the others this time around.
Barwis evaluates each of the players and comes up with a nutrition and workout regimen. The players have worked on their balance, explosiveness, strength, speed and flexibility.
Read More: NY Times
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Lucas Duda has agreed to a $1.6375 million salary for 2014 to avoid arbitration.
The settlement means the Mets have deals with all seven of their arbitration-eligible players.
Duda had filed for $1.9 million, while the Mets had countered at $1.35 million. So Duda settled for $12,500 above the midpoint.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, The Mets and Lucas Duda will continue to keep talking on a new contract, and will not cut off salary negotiations now that they have exchanged figures in advance of an arbitration hearing next month.
Duda is the lone player of the seven who were eligible for arbitration with the Mets not to yet settle.
He requested $1.9 million, with the Mets countering at $1.35 million.
If the case went to an arbitration hearing, the arbitrator would choose either Duda or the Mets' figure -- not a sum in between those two.
Duda, who turns 28 on Feb. 3, hit .223 with 15 homers and 33 RBIs in 318 at-bats with the Mets last season. He also had an extended stay at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Bobby Parnell will earn $3.7 million in 2014, with the opportunity to earn an additional $50,000 if he appears in 60 games. Parnell, who was eligible for arbitration for the second time, receives a raise from $1.7 million in 2013.
Daniel Murphy and the Mets have settled on a contract for 2014 at $5.7 million. Murphy also will have the opportunity to earn a $50,000 bonus with 500 plate appearances. Murphy earned $2.925 million in 2013. He has one more arbitration year before becoming eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.
Dillon Gee and the Mets have settled on a $3.625 million salary for 2014, according to ESPNNewYork.com. Earlier in the day, Gee had filed for $4.05 million, with the Mets countering at $3.2 million.
Gee went 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA in 32 starts in 2013. He started slowly last season, in his return from July 2012 surgery that repaired a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder. But beginning with a game against the Yankees, Gee pitched highly effectively. He ultimately logged 199 innings last season.
The only arbitration case left is Lucas Duda who has requested a 2014 salary of $1.9 million, while the Mets have countered at $1.35 million, according to ESPNNewYork.com. If the two sides don't agree, they would go to a hearing next month before an arbitrator.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Mets have not yet settled with any of their arbitration-eligible players: Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Bobby Parnell, Dillon Gee, Eric Young Jr., Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada.
Here are Mets Estimated Salaries Based on MLBtradeRumors.com and Pace Law Projections:
Daniel Murphy $5.1 million
Ike Davis $3.825 million
Bobby Parnell $3.725 million
Dillon Gee $3.55 million
Eric Young $1.9 million
Lucas Duda $1.8 million
Ruben Tejada $1.0 million
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Mets Rumors: Mets will enter Winter Meetings dangling Ike Davis or Lucas Duda and others for spare parts
|Good Bye Ike?|
The Mets will enter 2014 Winter meetings with needs and will look to upgrade at SS with a possibility of another outfielder, and starting pitcher. They also have a glaring need for a setup guy with the departure of with LaTroy Hawkins..
The Mets will dangle Ike Davis and Lucas Duda with a slight possibility of Daniel Murphy for a large return. They can creative and add Rafael Montero to any package to grant themselves a big player ... maybe David Price?
Sandy Alderson has said he will not Trade SP Prospect Noah Syndergaard under any circumstances from WFAN report with Mike Francesa. But I never heard anyone say Rafael Montero was not available if the right situation arises..
The Mets match up well with the Tampa Bay Rays. They like SS Yunel Escobar and Of Matt Joyce from multiple reports.. But could it get bigger?? The Rays need a first basemen so lets see what happens.
The Brewers, Astros also have been mentioned to links to Ike Davis. SS Jed Lowrie has been mentioned to rumors, but the A's have also said they have no intentions to move him.