Mets 2, Nationals 0: Three Up, Three Down
Taking two of three from the Nationals seems a fine way for the Mets to start this nine-game homestand.
1. C John Buck: Once again, Buck came through when no one else could, hitting a booming home run into the second deck in left-center and also making a fine throw on defense. He and Matt Harvey have been the club’s clear April MVPs.
2. LHP Scott Rice: Begrudge him for creating the eighth-inning jam if you will, but Rice continues generating outs when he needs them most. His double play ball on a 3-0 fastball to Jayson Werth was the biggest pitch of Sunday’s game.
3. RHP LaTroy Hawkins: What a pitch by Hawkins to escape the sixth-inning drama that Dillon Gee created. Ninety-two miles per hour on the black sounds about right.
1. OF Lucas Duda: Three strikeouts looking, the last two of them on 3-2 fastballs. Duda may need to take a tip from SNY’s Keith Hernandez and be a little more aggressive in those counts.
2. OF Jordany Valdespin: Another tough “Down” for Valdespin, but he has cooled considerably following a hot start. Valdespin is now in an 0-for-8 mini-slump.
3. 1B Ike Davis: Davis did single Sunday, but the Mets are not paying him to single. Only one strikeout from Davis, but the power hitting needs to start surfacing.
Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
C John Buck
RHP Matt Harvey
OF Marlon Byrd, 2B Daniel Murphy
INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins
LHP Jon Niese, 3B David Wright, OF Collin Cowgill
RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Dillon Gee, OF Mike Baxter, RHP Jeremy Hefner
RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Lucas Duda
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Jordany Valdespin
LHP Josh Edgin
1B Ike Davis
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