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|
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.