NEW YORK — In a significant National League Wild Card Game surprise, the Mets left first baseman Lucas Duda off their roster altogether for Wednesday’s winner-take-all game against the Giants at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Duda, who started the bulk of games at first base down the stretch for the Mets, was not on a one-game roster that included fellow first basemen James Loney — the likely starter — Kelly Johnson and Eric Campbell. Duda hit just .217 with no home runs in September, returning from a four-month absence due to a stress fracture in his lower back. But he is historically one of their most prolific power hitters, slugging 57 homers in 2014-15.
Loney, one of the Mets’ hottest current hitters, batted .288 with three homers in September — including one in the Mets’ playoff clincher Saturday in Philadelphia.
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A second surprise omission on the postseason roster was left-handed reliever Josh Smoker, one of manager Terry Collins’ more trusted middle-innings specialists. The Mets left Smoker off in favor of Josh Edgin, who joins Jerry Blevins in an eight-man bullpen.
Also in that bullpen are starting pitchers Robert Gsellman and Bartolo Colon, both of whom will be in the Mets’ NL Division Series rotation should they advance. The Mets carried eight bench players for their NL Wild Card Game, including Michael Conforto, Ty Kelly, Campbell and Juan Lagares, who were on the roster bubble.
The Mets can and will switch up their roster if they advance to play the Cubs, balancing it for a best-of-five series.
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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