The Mets' productive hitting display on Sunday afternoon in L.A was a rare sight. The triple-play they recorded was even rarer. However, the one aspect of the game that was not rare by any means was the power-hitting ability of Lucas Duda after he launched two long-balls into the stratosphere located above Southern California.
It's actually becoming a normality this season.
Duda is currently in the middle of his best Major League season right now, putting up career highs in home runs (26) and RBIs (76) with nearly a month left to play. The big man is third in the NL in home runs and sixth in RBIs and has five home runs and 12 RBIs in his last ten games.
So is there now even a question whether the Mets chose right in Duda over Ike Davis?
No, there isn't.
There is not much comparison between the two first basemen after Duda broke out of his shell and Davis remained the clueless sub-par hitter who showed signs of real power, but was never able to keep the bat on the ball consistently.
Ike Davis has hit seven home runs and driven in 34 RBIs since moving to Pittsburgh earlier in the season. Davis is batting .239 while Duda is batting .260.
Now that Duda has undoubtedly locked himself up at first base for next year and presumably the years following if he continues to hit with the same conviction and strength, the Mets can safely say they have fixed another vital piece to the puzzle.
The Mets have found themselves one piece every team wants and needs but struggles for some time to find. That is a big, power-hitting first basemen like Lucas Duda.
While New York (61-70) and Sandy Alderson look for any life remaining in 2014, they will continue to look ahead to the future by determining if they have found the answers in left field, shortstop, and catcher, or if the answers are not yet in New York.