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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: LUCAS DUDA LOCKED IN FOR METS

When it comes to New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, there is no denying the fact that he can really try the patience of his fantasy baseball owners on a yearly basis.  For one thing, Duda has been a health mess the last couple of years; with a chronic back problem that caused him to miss large stretches of games during that span.  In addition, Duda has always shown a tendency to run extremely hot or extremely cold with the bat without little advance warning.  While both issues are firmly true, Duda is now in the midst of a major hot stretch for the Mets and his fantasy baseball owners since coming back from his first injury this season.  Fresh off smashing his 7th home run of the year late Sunday night, Duda has now gone yard in three of the last four games and raised his average to .264.  While Duda's profile as a pure slugger is well-earned, he always has been one of those batters who get insanely hot for a stretch or two during the season and that is where he is right now.  Still young enough at the age of 31, Duda's advanced numbers are solid in that he is walking at a very high 17.1 BB/9 clip and his .293 BABIP is pretty neutral which means his average is stable.  We will take .260 over .240 (or the .250 he hit a year ago) any day from Duda and given how locked in he is now, a UTIL or CI spot should be cemented with his name on it for now.


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