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Terry Collins serious about regularly batting pitcher eighth

VIERA, Fla. -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins batted the pitcher in the No. 8 slot on 10 different occasions last season, matching the Atlanta Braves for the most in the majors. If Collins likes the look when he tests it Friday, as well as during the final week of spring training, the manager indicated he may use the alignment far more frequently during the upcoming season. In that scenario, Curtis Granderson would lead off, followed by David Wright batting second and Lucas Duda third, with Juan Lagares in the No.

Mets' roster projection: Daniel Murphy DL edition

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Daniel Murphy's pulled right hamstring may heal in time and the second baseman may be in the New York Mets' Opening Day lineup. But, as general manager Sandy Alderson has noted, hamstring injuries tend to linger. So let's take an educated stab at the Mets' projected roster for the April 6 opener at the Washington Nationals in the scenario in which Murphy is unavailable. Starting position players Travis d'Arnaud, C Lucas Duda, 1B Matt Reynolds, 2B David Wright, 3B Wilmer Flores, SS Michael Cuddyer, LF Juan Lagares, CF Curtis Granderson, RF DL:...
MetsBlog Mar 23, 2015

Lucas Duda will start against LH pitching through at least April

Lucas Duda will get a chance start against left-handed pitching in April, Terry Collins said this past weekend. Sandy Alderson indicated this past winter that Michael Cuddyer could start in place of Duda against left-handed pitching, with John Mayberry Jr.…

Lucas Duda won't be platooned at start of season

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda will get a chance to play full-time in April. During the offseason, manager Terry Collins had floated having righty-hitting Michael Cuddyer chip away at the lefty-hitting Duda’s playing time against southpaws. Now, Collins said, Duda has earned the right at the start of the season to face left-handed pitching. Duda hit .180 (20-for-111) with two homers and 10 RBIs against left-handers in 2014, but has looked passable against former AL Cy Young winners David Price and CC Sabathia the past two days in Grapefruit League play.

Sunday's Mets-Yankees lineups

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Here are the lineups as the New York Mets face the New York Yankees on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET at Tradition Field (SNY/WOR). This is a potential Opening Day lineup for the Mets, minus the DH, if Daniel Murphy opens the season on the DL. Mets Juan Lagares, CF Curtis Granderson, RF David Wright, 3B Lucas Duda, 1B Michael Cuddyer, LF Wilmer Flores, SS Travis d'Arnaud, C Anthony Recker, DH Matt Reynolds, 2B Matt Har ...
MetsBlog Mar 22, 2015

Lucas Duda volunteerd to travel 2 hours to face David Price

Lucas Duda asked to make the two-hour trip to Lakeland on Saturday so he could face left-handed starting pitcher David Price and the Tigers, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday. “He said, ‘If I’m going to face lefties, I might as …
MetsBlog Mar 16, 2015

Lucas Duda returned to action, Collins and Wright are happy he’s back

In his first Grapefruit League action of the spring, Lucas Duda went 1-for-8 this past weekend, during which he started at DH on Saturday and played the field on Sunday. “We gotta get him ready because he’s a big part …
MetsBlog Mar 15, 2015

What’s on tap for Sunday, March 15

Bartolo Colon and the Mets travel to Port Charlotte on Sunday to play the Rays at 1:05 pm. The game is not on TV, but can be heard on WOR 710 AM radio. Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Travis d’Arnaud and …
Newsday Mar 14, 2015

Lucas Duda feels good after first Grapefruit League game

In his first Grapefruit League action, Mets slugger Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 in Saturday's 13-4 victory over the Nationals.

Duda returns to Grapefruit play with hit

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- On Day 11 of the Grapefruit League schedule, Lucas Duda made his spring-training debut Saturday. Duda, who had injured the intercostal muscle on his left side before camp officially began, went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts as the designated hitter as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 13-4, at Tradition Field. Lucas Duda #21 1BNew York Mets 2014 STATS GM153 HR30 RBI92 R74 OBP.349 AVG.253 Terry Collins expects Duda again will start Sunday, this time at first base, when the Mets travel across the state to face the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte.
MetsBlog Mar 14, 2015

Duda making Grapefruit League debut Saturday

Lucas Duda will make his Grapefruit League Saturday, one day ahead of schedule (DiComo, March 12). He will be the DH against the Nationals (1:10 p.m., WPIX). Last Monday, he took batting practice for the first time since …
Newark Star-Ledger Mar 14, 2015
Mets vs. Washington Nationals lineups: Lucas Duda returns

Mets vs. Washington Nationals lineups: Lucas Duda returns

The Mets host the Nationals at Tradition Field Saturday. Zack Wheeler was to start but an elbow issue forced the Mets to bump him. Instead Tyler Pill will start.
Newark Star-Ledger Mar 12, 2015

WATCH: Lucas Duda faces Jenrry Mejia in Mets spring training

Lucas Duda is not yet ready to play in Grapefruit League games but he is well enough to swing in a simulated game on a backfield of the Mets' spring training complex.
Newark Star-Ledger Mar 11, 2015

Mets injury report: Lucas Duda has a possible return date

Duda has not played in a game this swing after straining his intercostal muscle last month.

Duda expected to begin games Sunday

Lucas Duda #21 1BNew York Mets 2014 STATS GM153 HR30 RBI92 R74 OBP.349 AVG.253 JUPITER, Fla. -- Lucas Duda is nearing his 2015 Grapefruit League debut. Duda, who continues to take batting practice, is expected to enter his first spring-training game Sunday, Terry Collins indicated. Duda only recently resumed swinging after dealing with an intercostal muscle strain on his left side, which he suffered before camp began.

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