By: Michael Ganci

What Happens with James Loney When Lucas Duda Returns?

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Honestly, I cannot believe I am even writing this post. James Loney has been nothing short of a godsend since he arrived in Flushing a couple of short months ago. Here’s the evidence:

In 197 at-bats, Loney is hitting .284 with a .336 OBP. He has 6 homers and 21 RBI. To this point, he’s been everything the Mets could’ve asked for and more.

As for Duda, in just 130 at-bats, he’s hit just .231 with a .297 OBP with 7 homers and 19 RBI.

The Mets will have an interesting conundrum on their hands, much like they do in the outfield. While Duda’s power is undeniable (57 homers in 2014-15) Loney has been a stabilizing fixture in the infield. Loney is the far-superior defender, and He strikes out way less. You know what you’re going to get with him, and he was certainly a damn good find for the Mets.

One option is Duda off the bench, and he would be a significant power threat to come up in the late innings. The outfield experiment is definitely over with Duda, and Loney is not moving positions either. We have enough corner outfielders as it is.

So I ask you, the fans, who’s the first baseman when Lucas Duda is ready to return? Tell us in the comments section below.

About Michael Ganci

Michael Ganci is the Co-Founder of the Daily Stache, along with Matthew Falkenbury. Since 2008, Ganci has eat, drank and dreamt all things Mets, and he'd have it no other way. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @DailyStache.

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7 Comments

  1. Steven Gietschier

    August 3, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Treat Lucas Duda as the Cardinals treat Brandon Moss.

  2. Jeri Rabinowitz

    August 3, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Let Loney stay (he’s been so impressive) and let Duda be a pinch hitter.

  3. Brian Flaherty

    August 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Let Duda get some games under his belt and utilize Loney against the lefties. Yeah Duda hitting lefties may be a good sign but Loney’s got more experience so let Duda learn from him

  4. Seth

    August 3, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I guess you hit the publish button before hearing that Lucas is being shut down again……

    https://www.sny.tv/mets/news/lucas-duda-shut-down-for-30-days-due-to-back-flare-up/193416028

  5. Steve Kaplan

    August 3, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Loney needs to stay at first full time. He is by far a better player and more consistent. Loney should be resigned for next year and Duda at best is a bench player or a part of a trade for a player we need.

    • Al

      August 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Doesn’t matter. Duda has had a setback and will be shut down for a month, effectively ending his year. By the time he rehabs, season is over.

  6. Pedro

    August 15, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Trade Dida and a few others. Dida hits for one week and strikes out for 6 weeks. Look at his Hr and Rbi. Last year he hit 28 Hr and 19 were solo shots when the Mets were already winning . He is not and rbi producet and he is not clutch. Trade him.

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