Lucas Duda’s slumping bat is out of Saturday’s lineup, but will return on Sunday
On Friday, Sandy Alderson hinted that Lucas Duda might sit against Jon Lester in game one of the NLCS.
As it turned out, Duda will indeed watch Saturday’s game from the bench, with Michael Cuddyer starting at first base in his place instead.
Duda is 2-for-6 with a home run in his career against Lester. But he’s just 2-for-his-last-28 with 17 strikeouts in his last ten games.
“Michael’s seen him, he knows how to face him. So we thought today would be a good matchup for him,” Collins explained.
Cuddyer has had a history of modest success against Lester in his career – he’s 5-for-19 with two doubles in his career against the Cubs left-hander.
Collins said Duda will return to the lineup in game two against Chicago’s ace Jake Arrieta.
Duda is 4-for-11 with three walks and five strikeouts in his career against Arrieta, although Arrieta held left-handed hitters to a .159 average in 2015.
If Duda’s slump continues, the Mets could conceivably shift Daniel Murphy to first and have Kelly Johnson at second, but the Mets don’t seem close to doing that at this time.