If we’re really about to lose Ike Davis until 2012 I say Duda needs to be given everyday ABs.
Collins may be thinking the same considering he’s started Lucas at first the past 2 games.
I realize Murphy is hitting again so don’t want to take him out of the lineup. But I think we have something of a handle on who Murphy can be as a Big Leaguer. Likely a guy who can hit .300, possibly more, with a little pop and hopefully adequate defense.
Granted there is still some growing to be done by Murph to attain this projection and he deserves to play 3rd for the foreseeable future/until Wright gets back.
But in the meanwhile I’m dying to see what Duda can do with steady AB’s. He started off rough last year but ended the season destroying the ball. But Sept ABs are against an expanded roster and diluted pitching so we need to see more.
He didn’t catch fire to start this year and ended up back in AAA. After getting hot down there he’s back and needs a chance to show us what he’s got against full tilt MLB pitching staffs.
The allure about Duda is his tremendous power. This guy can be a legitimate slugger. A guy who doesn’t care about CityField and all that BS Duda can hit them out of any lark in professional baseball.
We haven’t had a genuine slugger in years. The kind of guy who makes you sit up when he’s AB because he just might launch one. Kingman was like that, Strawberry, Piazza.
This power starved team barely has any HR hitters left. Our biggest slugger may need micro-fracture surgery. Wright may have power sapping back issues the rest of his career. Beltran is as good as gone. And Bay… Pffftttttt who the Hell knows. Because of all this uncertainty we’re even more obligated to see if we don’t have a bona-fide slugger in Duda.
At least it’s a silver lining to the Ike injury.
Another Gem from Capuano!
Damn this guy is good. I sure hope his tweaked muscle that caused him to leave after 6 shutout innings.
Capuano is a great veteran presence on an incredibly young staff. Niese and Gee are pups and Pelfrey is still a young arm. No doubt Dickey is a veteran but he’s very young re: that knuckler.