For those rallying around Duda to get his chance at first base—his “comfortable” position—you all got your wish. The opportunity Duda has in front of him couldn’t have come more fortuitously. These next 24 games will give Duda an appropriate window to collectively wow us.
It’s now or never. But are 24 games enough time to properly evaluate Duda in advance of next season?
Maybe not, but Duda is definitely doing well in his chance. On Wednesday against the Braves, Duda went 3-5 with a double and a home run. In the four games since Davis went down, Duda is 7-14 with a home run and four RBI’s. He’s clearly doing his best to make a great, and perhaps, final impression.
When the Mets’ season ends, the front office will have the unenviable task of trying to figure out who they want to roll with at first base when next season comes around. Will it be Duda? Will it be Davis? Or perhaps, will the Mets go outside the organization and find help elsewhere at first?
Many Mets’ fans want Davis out on the next flight out of JFK, as he has continued to disappoint in his first four injury-plagued seasons with the club. Can he ever capitalize on the upside he showed early in his career?
Regardless, Duda has a big opportunity in front of him and now that he has a clear shot at playing time (and at a position he likes playing at), here’s wishing he can grab a hold of it.
Whatever the end result will be, Sandy Alderson has to trade at least one of Duda and Davis this offseason. There is no way, no how, that both Duda and Davis can be on the same team next year. Both are very similar in the way they play the game. They are both hulking, slugging-types, and for the most part hit or miss.
So, outside of Josh Satin getting some at-bats against some lefties, Duda will get the lion’s share of at-bats at first for the last month.
Will he impress enough in this audition or will the Mets go back to Davis. It’s a dilemma that will ultimately have to be solved soon. Whoever is patrolling first base in 2014, will be a major storyline as we get set to end the 2013 season.
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