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Mets 1B Eric Campbell started Monday against Braves LHP Mike Minor, on Tuesday, 1B Lucas Duda started against RHP Julio Teheran.

In 41 at bats against left-handed pitching this season, Campbell, 27, is batting .341 with a .391 OBP, three doubles one home run and six RBI.

Meanwhile, against right-handed pitching, Duda is hitting .281 with a .377 OBP, 20 doubles, 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 217 at bats.

It's proving to be a nice balance, better than what I assume the organization expected of Duda or Ike Davis and Josh Satin, which was the projected platoon during Spring Training. Instead of an average first baseman, the Duda-Campbell combination appears capable of putting together a pretty good season.

This is what Billy Beane does so well in Oakland, finding guys like what the Mets hope to get from Campbell, then mixing and matching, plugging and playing, and eventually putting together an offense that is good enough to support his pitching, leaving everyone to wonder: "How'd he find that guy?"

The way I understand it, J.P. Ricciardi is tasked by Sandy Alderson with heading up the department that handles this sort of diamond-in-the-rough scouting, whether it comes from other team's major or minor league rosters. In the time these guys have been at the helm, no longer working with Beane, Alderson and Ricciardi have given us all sorts of players, from Brad Eamus to Colin Cowgill to Chin-Lung Hu to Andrew Brown. However, so far, none have developed in to what Beane has found in Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson, among others. Hopefully, Campbell and Duda is where it begins...

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