Rubin says Collins might employ this strategy so he can make it difficult for Fredi Gonzalez to exhaust both Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters, as he will use Jason Bay to split both Duda and Ike Davis in the lineup.
Davis would hit fourth, Bay would hit fifth, and Duda would hit sixth against the Braves, according to Rubin.
[avatar name="baron"]Michael Baron: This could be a significant issue against other teams as well. By splitting Davis and Duda up in the lineup, an opposing manager could be forced to go with a right-handed option on top of a left-handed option, thus using two pitchers to face three different batters. Of course, a lot depends on how the player being used to split them up is performing, whether it's Bay or somebody else.
I like what Duda has done against lefties this Spring. He stays in on them and does a good job keeping his hands back and taking them the other way. Duda appears to be struggling against lefties less than Ike, and that could be significant in these kinds of situations late in games.