The New York Mets will play their 81st game of the season tonight, marking the mid way point in the campaign. It seems only fitting that the opponent for this occasion would be the Pittsburgh Pirates, given that the biggest roster move the Mets made this year was sending first baseman Ike Davis to the ‘Burgh, opening the door for Lucas Duda to become the Mets everyday first baseman.
It was inevitable in the early stages of the season that the Mets would be forced to make a decision about who would be their first baseman going forward, a decision that would ultimately send the runner up on his way out of New York. The question is; did the team move the right guy?
Davis, 27, has played in 72 total games this year, 60 with the Pirates, hitting .241 with 4 homers and 19 RBIs, posting a .360 OBP and a .365 slugging percentage in 203 at bats.
Duda, who is 28, has played 73 games this season for the Mets, hitting .252 with 12 homers, 41 RBIs, a .347 OBP and a .478 slugging percentage in 230 at bats.
When you put the numbers side by side there really is no debate that the Mets made the right move from a production standpoint. Duda has performed better in every major offensive category, and has been a significantly better run producer, despite playing in an inferior lineup.
Davis became a fan favorite early in his career by showing glimpses of immense power, but he has failed to deliver on expectations since. He has managed only 13 home runs the past two seasons and has only 15 extra base hits this year.
Duda, on the other hand, is on pace to have his best season in the big leagues this year. He is only three homers away from matching his career high and is well on his way to surpassing his career high total of 57 RBI in 2012.
Duda may not have the fan appeal that Davis once had, but from an on-the-field standpoint, there’s no doubt that so far the Mets made the right call trading Davis rather than him.