Lucas Duda's somber tone was about as telling as his words.
The Mets first baseman went 0-for-5 with four-strikeouts in a 2-0 loss to the Cubs Wednesday at Citi Field. His woes continued on the defensive side of the ball, where he failed to scoop a bounced throw from Ruben Tejada in the 11th inning, keeping the frame alive.
Anthony Rizzo, who reached on the play, came around to score the first run of the game, which would be the eventual winner.
"Essentially, it's centered around me," Duda said, taking the blame when asked about the Mets' offense. He added that the miscue at first was a play he should have had and one he does make "nine out of 10 times."
"I'm not getting the job done, I'm not moving guys over, I'm not getting guys in," Duda said. "Pretty tough month, actually, but I'm going to continue to work hard, prepare like I do and I have a feeling it's going to change here soon."
That feeling certainly isn't based on recent history. Duda is 10-for-58 in his last 15 games, batting .172 with 5 RBIs. He hasn't hit a home run since June 18 and May 29 before that.
He isn't alone, however, on a Mets team that regularly struggles to generate more than two runs.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that he spoke with Duda multiple times through a 10-game stretch and believes his player is still dangerous. He added that Duda isn't suffering from any injuries.
"He's struggling at the plate along with a number of other guys," Collins said. "For me, the one thing about him, he's still a big threat. You know he's going to get out of it. All you do is make sure tomorrow he's got a good approach, he's got a game plan when he goes up there, and tries to execute it."
But overcoming a mental battle, especially one that's been fought this long, isn't so easy.
"This is kind of the ebb and flow of baseball, but it happens," Duda said. "I'm not going to get too down. Obviously, I'm not doing too well right now, but go out there, stay positive and the ball will start having some eyes. We'll forget about this in another month or so."
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