Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 5/30/13
After a brief hiatus taking finals, I’m back to subject myself to more repetitive anxiety by watching Mets games. It’s been interesting to step away for a week and come back with a fresh perspective. Things have changed a bit. The Mets have a four-game winning streak for one. There are some things that haven’t changed—or they’ve gotten worse. Here are a few observations I’ve made over the last week: Lucas Duda is improving I like what Duda has been doing at the plate lately. In the last seven days he’s batted .320 with eight hits, one home run and five RBIs. His OBP is also .346 in that stretch. His numbers aren’t sexy, but they’re solid. He’s not taking the first pitch every time anymore. If it’s a first pitch fastball, you’ll usually see a healthy cut from Duda. That’s a promising sight for an RBI guy like him. If he can improve on his already successful plate discipline, he could be poised for a productive year. He should be a lock in the three or four spot. I almost like him bett
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