PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- After enduring massive struggles with his swing at the start of spring training, leftfielder Lucas Duda has given the Mets some encouraging signs.
In Saturday's 8-8 tie with the Marlins, Duda went 2-for-3 with a double and his first homer in Grapefruit League play this season. "There's no difference," he said. "It's just seeing more live pitching, that's it."
Duda's swings were limited earlier in camp because of offseason surgery on his right wrist. He also struggled to make adjustments to his swing. After two games, he was 0-for-7 with six strikeouts, prompting the team to bench him to work on his swing changes. But Duda has bounced back to collect hits in each of his last two games.
"He might walk in that locker room and say, 'OK, yeah, I'm going to be OK,' " manager Terry Collins said.
Good to see, considering we've already come across waves of fans looking to bury him over his first 7 ST at-bats.....amidst changes to his approach, and a wrist that's post-surgery.
As someone who hasn't had much of a vested interest in the career of Lucas Duda, in previous seasons - I'm rooting for him to do something positive this year.