Lucas Duda frustrates the hell out of me. I know he’s a saber and front office darling by virtue of his .352 on-base, but he’s an awful hitter whose getting worse at the plate instead of better. Honestly, I couldn’t care less about how many walks our clean-up hitter has, I want to see him hit and drive in runs.
In his last three seasons, Duda has seen his batting average decline to a career low:
2011 – .292
2012 – .239
2013 – .223
What’s worse is that Duda struck out in nearly a third (32.3 percent) of his at-bats, racking up a whopping 103 whiffs in the process. Sorry, but that is totally unacceptable – especially when you’re batting behind David Wright and getting a ton of fat pitches to hit. We’ve all grown accustomed to hearing Keith Hernandez moan whenever Duda takes a called strike three.
In addition to what I already pointed out, the thing that is most maddening about Duda is his suffocating presence at the plate with runners in scoring position. He has become the ultimate ra...