The following story is respectfully offered for your consideration. It concerns two people—Ike Davis and Lucas Duda —but they are from another galaxy and another time. They live quite simply in the Twilight Zone.
Okay so they’re not from another galaxy and another time. But after hearing Sandy Alderson’s comments on WFAN Monday, it’s quite clear that we are living in the Twilight Zone. In a nutshell, Alderson considers Davis to be a member of the Mets’ core while he considers Duda just a serviceable player. Let’s look at their stats heading into the 2013 season:
ID – 1,334 PA, 118 OPS+, 23.2 K%
LD – 898 PA, 112 OPS+, 22.2 K%
Davis had more playing time under his belt and a slight offensive advantage. He was also considered to have a considerable defensive advantage, although Davis had a poor year in the field in 2012 and Duda was the one sacrificing by playing out of position. Overall, Davis was probably a better defensive player, although the gap was not as pronounced as man...