So how would a Duda/Cespedes combo for the Mets make sense in 2016? The answer would be 4 listening ears between the two men, and those two men listening to a persuasive Kevin Long. And what would Kevin tell them, to turn them into a feared combo in the middle of the Mets’ line up?
- Duda is hitting about .350 in 358 such at bats, with 29 doubles and 29 homers.
- Cespedes is hitting .355 in 366 such at bats, with 24 doubles and 23 homers.
But both really stink when the at bat ends with the count having reached 2 strikes (0-2, 1-2, 2-2, 3-2), Duda even more than Cespedes. But in both cases, they make outs, after being in some version of a 2 strike count, a real lot: Cespedes around 50%, and Duda nearly 54% of the time (Murphy just 42%). It is counter productive for both Cespedes and Duds to get into 2 strike counts with such great frequency – but they do, in part, due to staring at early-in-the-count meatballs.