I honestly can’t figure it out. Duda came out of the gate like a man on a mission. After turning down a contract extension with the Mets in the spring, Duda was out to prove that he is the middle of the order threat the Mets need, want and think he can be for years to come and deserved to be paid as such. The average was there in April, the power showed up in May and then he was a shell of himself (or a major league hitter) until the few games leading up to the MLB All-Star break. Since the break, he has been on an absolute tear and has nearly equaled his first half power numbers in just under three weeks.
Some numbers that really stand out to me, aside from the recent power surge, is the fact that Duda is hitting .305 against lefties, yet only .225 versus righties. He is hitting .292 at spacious Citi Field but just .194 on the road. These numbers seem especially odd when comparing to the last 3 years when Duda hit .204 versus lefties and .225 at home.
Whatever the cause for this turn around, it could not come at a better time. Now if he can find the consistency to bring these numbers against the righties and on the road, this team should be something special to watch through the last 2 months of the season as he and the Mets look for their first October action in nearly 10 years.
Oh, and the addition of Yoenis Cespedes doesn’t hurt their chances much either!