The New York Mets have won four of their last six, and six of their last eight, and one of the biggest reasons that Citi Field has been rocking over the past week has been first baseman Lucas Duda. The USC alum has hit almost as many home runs over the past seven days – seven – as he did in his entire 143-game career for the Trojans (11).
That septet of slams was good for the best in the big leagues over the past seven days, and his 10 RBIs place him third in the majors – behind the New York Yankees’ Didi Gregorius and the Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis -- and first in the National League.
Duda’s eight extra-base hits are also tops in the Major Leagues, as are his 31 total bases. Duda’s .474 batting average was sixth in the majors – and second in the NL – over the past week, and his .524 on-base percentage was also sixth in all of baseball, while ranking fourth on the Senior Circuit.
During the past week, Duda’s average has gone up from .236 to .249, as he’s tallied two multi-home run games. The bulk of Duda’s work has been done in those two games – a 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on July 29, and a two-homer game in a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals. Those games were the fourth and fifth multi-home run games of the season for Duda, who has 21 dingers on the season.
Against the Padres, Duda went 3-for-3 with three solo home runs and a walk, and in the win over the Nats, Duda likewise went 3-for-3, with a pair of homers, driving in all three Mets runs.
In the loss to the Padres, Duda hit one of his three home runs off of former Pac-12 foe, Tyson Ross. Ross was a freshman and sophomore for California during Duda’s final two seasons for USC, and faced Duda in two games, both starts. In those two games against Ross in college, Duda had not gone yard, collecting three singles and two walks in eight plate appearances. His home run off of Ross on July 29 was the second hit he’s tallied against the 6-foot-5 righty in the big leagues (he’s now 2-for-4).
Later in the week – three days later, to be exact – Duda went yard twice against Ross’s younger brother Joe Ross – who was committed to Duda’s former crosstown rival UCLA before being drafted by the Padres and signing a pro contract – during the win over the Nationals.