It was bottom of the 8th and after a Pagan solo shot the Mets trailed by just 1 run. Turner and Wright both singled and stood on first and second with no out when Duda stepped to the plate.
I would’ve thought the hot hitting Duda was primed to lace a big hit in this situation. Or at least be given the chance.
But instead he bunted. It was a great sac bunt but it raised a host of questions:
Did he bunt on his own or did TC order it?
How many times has the power hitting Duda sac bunted in his pro career?
Is this something he’s been adept at in the past?
If they sac bunted with Bay on deck did the Mets, or Duda himself, assume the Pads would pitch to Bay or did they anticipate an intentional walk to load the bases.
Did Jason Bay really warrant a free pass to avoid his bat or was it merely a set up the double play decision?
If I was the skipper would I have called for a bunt there?
How many people in NYC are aware that Lucas Duda is batting. Clean-up for the Mets?
The ultimate answer to all these questions is, it doesn’t matter because the strategy worked. The tying and go ahead run scored.
So mad props to Duda and Collins for the correct decision and the continued scrappiness of this squad.