The young Mets power hitter who was going to have his break out year and form a dynamic home run duo with Ike Davis is officially a player for AAA Buffalo. When this season began I can honestly say I did not expect the dude, El Duderino, would not make it a full season. I am little sad to see him go but from an analytical stand point there is no case to keep him. He was, according to fWAR, the worst player on the Mets. His -0.8 actually put him in the bottom 10 in all baseball. There is simply no excuse to ever keep a player on a MLB roster if he is consistently playing below replacement level as Duda was.
Duda was batting .241/.335/.391 with 12 homers and 94 strike outs in 355 plate appearances. The home runs actually were not the issue here, Duda had about the power we expected. He was roughly on pace to 25-30 which I think we all would have agreed was good for him and probably would have led the team. The real issue here was the total lack of hitting for average and the prodigious strike outs. At the end of the day when you can hit at least .270 and you never put the ball in play, you just aren't going to be a productive member of a team.
The Mets made the right move here, Lucas may still be a great Met and maybe a little more ninor leauge service will do him right. Now all we need to do is send down Nickeas and Bay and we might have finally have a logical major league roster.