Lucas Duda will be the Mets' first baseman Tuesday night in Atlanta. Beyond that, Terry Collins isn't saying.
"If I had the whole lineup for the rest of the year, I'd give it to you today," he said. "But I don't."
The Mets have said they are committed to giving Duda an extended look at first base, but Ike Davis' burst of productive at-bats has made things difficult for them in recent days. Davis followed up his walk-off, pinch-hit grand slam Saturday by going 2-for-4 with a double Sunday.
Collins said he was impressed with Davis' at-bats Sunday, particularly when he took advantage of the Reds' defensive shift by hitting an outside fastball the other way for a double.
"With the game of shifts that's on in our game today, if you're willing to say let the ball get deep and then hit the ball to leftfield, there's a lot of hits out there for those lefthanded hitters," Collins said. "He showed us that today."
Duda pinch hit in the eighth inning and grounded to first base against lefthander Manny Parra.
Collins also said he's not considering playing Duda in leftfield while Chris Young is on the disabled list, a strategy that would allow him to get Duda and Davis in the lineup at the same time.
"That wouldn't be fair to him," Collins said of Duda. "He didn't take one fly ball in spring training."
Matt Harvey headed to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to rehab at the team's facility there while the Mets go on the road. That was the compromise that Harvey and the Mets reached about his rehab schedule after initially disagreeing. Harvey is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The Mets' four hits Sunday gives them 33 in six games, which ranks last in the majors . . . The Mets have struck out 61 times, the most in team history through their first six games.
With Anthony Rieber
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