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Lucas Duda downplays his hot start against lefties

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hits an RBI

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hits an RBI single against the Miami Marlins in the seventh inning in a game at Citi Field on April 16, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

As Lucas Duda stood in the middle of a pack of reporters on Thursday night, all that was missing was the sad trombone sound effect and the Debbie Downer stare.

"We're 10 games in," Duda said, after his three-hit night pushed the Mets to a 7-5 win over the Marlins. "So, let's not get too carried away with what's going on."

He was talking in particular about his fast start against lefties. Last year, he hit just .180 against southpaws, the only blemish in an otherwise stellar breakout season.

This season? He's 4-for-8, including a seventh-inning single against Marlins lefty Mike Dunn on Thursday to knock in the go-ahead run.

"It's not like I'm laying out missiles against them," Duda said.

He's right, of course. The sample size is small. The season is young. But while he downplays his own hot start -- he often credits himself with nothing more than "luck" -- Duda's roaring start hasn't been lost upon the Mets.

Manager Terry Collins raved about how Duda is "revved up" to finally prove that he can be just as dangerous against lefties as he is against righties.

In 10 games, Duda is hitting .395, with a .439 on-base percentage and a .632 slugging percentage. He has six doubles and eight RBIs. His one homer, a mammoth blast on Wednesday, traveled 436 feet, according to ESPN Home Run Tracker.

It came off his bat at 110.4 mph, 10th fastest of all the homers hit in the big leagues thus far this season.

"He could be a monster," veteran Michael Cuddyer said. "There's no doubt about that."

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