Why Lucas Duda is the Most Crucial Part of the New York Mets’ Offense in 2016

If the New York Mets had any plans of giving themselves a shot at returning to the World Series, many fans and analysts felt that re-signing Yoenis Cespedes was necessary.

After all, his impact on the lineup and how it produced last season was impossible to ignore (stats via ESPN):

Before Trade After Trade
Runs per game 3.5 5.4
Scoring rank 30 3
OPS .662 .794
OPS Rank 30 2

Without him, what New York accomplished wouldn’t have happened. Having Cespedes back this year lengthens the lineup and makes it a lot more dangerous, but there can be an argument made that he’s not the most important piece.

For me, that honor gets bestowed upon Lucas Duda.

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About Matt Musico

I love baseball and talking about baseball. My work has appeared on sites such as Bleacher Report, Yahoo! Sports, FanSided and FanDuel Insider.

Posted on March 12, 2016, in MLB Reports and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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