On-Base Perception

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Is this why Lucas Duda won the first base job?

Mets' Ike Davis, left, and Lucas Duda kneel

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When news began trickling out that the Mets were going to give one of their first basemen an extended look at the position, most assumed the winner would be Ike Davis.

Until it was Lucas Duda.

A team insider confirmed to Newsday’s Marc Carig that it would indeed be Duda receiving the long look, saying “we want to see what he can do for an extended period of time.”

There wasn’t...

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Lucas Duda to start at first base Friday vs. Reds, source says

Lucas Duda looks on after striking out against

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After using three different first baseman in their first three games of the season, the Mets have committed to giving an extended look to Lucas Duda.

Duda will start at first base against the Reds on Friday, a team insider confirmed, which pushes Ike Davis out of the picture for now. The two competed for the job during spring training, though both suffered injuries that limited their at-bats.

Davis...

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Daniel Murphy returns, plus actual Mets baseball news

Daniel Murphy is congratulated by teammates in the

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Daniel Murphy will return to the Mets lineup on Thursday, presumably bringing a measure of comfort and relief to those who have have made it their business to criticize the second baseman for tending to a private matter such as the birth of a child.

Of course, it wasn’t the comfort or relief of those folks that Murphy was considering when he exercised his collectively bargained right to go...

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Mets make lineup changes on Opening Day

New York Mets Eric Young photographed during photo

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Terry Collins worked much like a plate-spinner in spring training, frantically trying to piece together a lineup despite injuries and other unexpected things. So, it seemed only appropriate that on Opening Day, Collins was once again forced to juggle.

Outfielder Chris Young suffered a strained right quad late in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Blue Jays in Montreal. Second baseman Daniel...

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Ike Davis says he didn't mention oblique injury during most of 2013

Ike Davis strikes out in the eighth inning

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First baseman and trade candidate Ike Davis did not tell the Mets about an oblique injury he had during his poor 2013 season because "the timing was bad," he told the New York Post on Sunday.

But he walked back the severity of the injury during an agitated interview session with reporters on Monday morning.

Several reports indicated a loud discussion between Davis and the Post reporter ...

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Ike Davis vs. Lucas Duda: Mets facing decision

Ike Davis, right, and Lucas Duda celebrate after

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If one thing has become increasingly clear early in this offseason, it's that the Mets will  trade either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. This accomplishes two goals for the Mets, who must resolve a logjam at first base while capitalizing on a market in which power is scarce.

Yes, both Davis and Duda have their flaws. But both have also flashed enough power for rival teams to take a chance that...

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Jeff Wilpon talks first base, Matt Harvey and more

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, left, and Mets

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GARFIELD, N.J. -- Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon joined other team employees on Tuesday morning to help refurbish parts of the Boys & Girls Club here, one year after Hurricane Sandy caused severe water damage to the facility.

"To have all the kids come in later to see all this stuff freshened up will be really neat," said Wilpon, who helped workers add a new coat of...

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