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.

Three Up:
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.

Three Down:
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:
+8
C John Buck
+4
RHP Matt Harvey

+3
OF Marlon Byrd, 2B Daniel Murphy
+2
INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins
+1
LHP Jon Niese, 3B David Wright, OF Collin Cowgill
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Dillon Gee, OF Mike Baxter, RHP Jeremy Hefner
-2
RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Lucas Duda
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Jordany Valdespin
-4
LHP Josh Edgin

-5
1B Ike Davis

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