In the regular season, hitting slumps can occasionally go unnoticed. But in the postseason every at-bat is under the microscope, and so far David Wright and Lucas Duda have put up microscopic averages.
But when asked if he was considering dropping Wright and Duda in the lineup, Terry Collins responded by defending himself and his players.
“As much as you want everybody to hit, with the guys who we’ve had to face lately, there’s not going to be a lot of good ABs,” Collins told the media before Sunday’s Game 2 victory.
Wright got his first hit and first RBI since Game 1 of the NLDS when he doubled off Jake Arrieta in the first inning of Sunday night’s game. It would be his only hit of the evening, leaving his average for the postseason at .087 through seven games.
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Many have suggested that Wright be moved down the lineup, but Collins’ answer was, “we tried to figure out where we could move him to, but there’s not a lot of options.” Collins also suggested that he wants players to feel comfortable in one position in the lineup instead of being moved around every game.
“We’re doing OK. Why would I upend anything right now?” Collins rhetorically asked reporters before adding, “I think I’ll just continue to press forward and continue to hope some balls start falling in and we start hitting.”
Lucas Duda has also been slumping hard in October. After being left out of the lineup in Game 1 of the NLCS, Duda went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Game 2, lowering his average to .095 and upping his strikeout total to a horrid 13 in 21 ABs.