Beltran trade boosts Duda, hurts Belt 

July, 28, 2011

The Mets' Lucas Duda might get another 200 at-bats the rest of the 2011 season. The Giants' Brandon Belt might not get 20. Sometimes life just isn't fair.

The big trade that will send Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets to the San Francisco Giants won't merely affect the National League landscape in October, but also fantasy owners here in July. Duda takes over in right field for the Mets. Belt is heading back to Triple-A Fresno. Duda homered Wednesday night, while Belt was used as a pinch runner and defensive replacement for the inferior Aubrey Huff on Belt's last day in the bigs until probably September. On Thursday, Duda might homer again, while Belt will be on an airplane. I have little doubt Belt would outperform Duda, if given the chance, but it's irrelevant.