Padres 2, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down
The Mets had their chances in a 2-1 loss to the Padres. For the first time this season, the list of “Down” candidates was significantly longer than the list of “Ups”:
1. RHP Dillon Gee: The Mets certainly would have signed up pregame for what Gee delivered: 6 1/3 innings and one earned run. That lone run against Gee was in part due to a one-out pop fly that fell for a hit.
2. 2B Justin Turner: Subbing for Daniel Murphy, Turner rapped out three hits in his first three at-bats. That made up for at-bat No. 4, when Mr. Call Me Maybe grounded back to the pitcher with two outs and the tying run in scoring position.
3. C John Buck: After snubbing Buck in this space yesterday, I was tempted to include him here even before he hit a rocket-fueled homer off Huston Street to open the ninth. More importantly, Buck has called three good games in a row behind the plate.
1. OF Lucas Duda: Not a good day for The Dude, who struck out in all three of his at-bats before the Mets double-switched him out of the game. The last of those came in the sixth, when he stared at strike three with the tying run on second.
2. RHP Jeurys Familia: Familia’s season debut went like this: walk, single, wild pitch, run scored. Familia faced three batters, recorded one out and allowed a critical insurance run in the eighth.
3B David Wright: Sorry, Captain, but three strikeouts in three at-bats ain’t going to cut it with the rest of the offense scuffling around you. There will be better days for No. 5.
Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+1: OF Collin Cowgill, LHP Jon Niese, RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Dillon Gee, C John Buck, INF Justin Turner
-1: OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Greg Burke, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeurys Familia, 3B David Wright
Follow me on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.