May 2013

Marlins 5, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

Six good innings does not a good outing make.

Three Up:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy:  Murphy was responsible for the Mets’ only run, part of a two-hit night for the second baseman. His white-hot May has some people thinking he could be an All-Star.

2. 1B Ike Davis: Now 6-for-his-last-19, Davis lashed a double into the left-center field gap, one of his hardest-hit balls of the season. Maybe he really is coming out of this season-long funk?

3. SS Omar Quintanilla: His error in the eighth inning may have cost the Mets a run, but his 2-for-4 night on offense out-weighed that. If Quintanilla can keep hitting, perhaps the Mets can finally stop worrying about their leadoff spot.

Three Down:
1. RHP Shaun Marcum: This seemed like a surefire “Up” until the seventh inning, when Marcum turned into a different pitcher. Five baserunners over a seven-batter span resulted in four runs, and that was that.

2. 3B David Wright: Wright has had a solid-but-not-spectacular first two months of the season. The Mets should be fine with that, as long as it means his production will not crash in the second half as it did a year ago.

3. OF Rick Ankiel: Ankiel’s 0-for-4 night included a double play, a strikeout, and no meaningful contributions on defense. His early hot streak seems to have come to a rapid end.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
RHP Matt Harvey
+6
C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
OF Marlon Byrd

+3
INF Justin Turner, RHP Jeremy Hefner

+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Scott Rice, OF Mike Baxter, 3B David Wright
+1
LHP Robert Carson, OF Lucas Duda, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, SS Omar Quintanilla
-1
RHP Collin McHugh
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Rick Ankiel
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Dillon Gee
-14
1B Ike Davis

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David Wright stars in All-Star commercial

The All-Star Game will be at Citi Field this summer, so perhaps it’s no surprise that David Wright was front and center in this commercial for the game.

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Mets 3, Yankees 1: Three Up, Three Down

For the first time since Interleague Play began, the Mets won every game they played against the Yankees.

Three Up:
1. RHP Dillon Gee:  What a performance from Gee, who came into the game at risk of losing his rotation spot in the near future. A career-high 12 strikeouts seems about the right way to respond.

2. OF Marlon Byrd: Wednesday’s homer may have been a cheapie, but Thursday’s was not. Byrd may not be a perfect player, but he has given the Mets his share of big moments this year.

3. RHP Bobby Parnell: Remember when people didn’t think Parnell relished the spotlight? All he has done is succeed in the closer’s role this season, making quick work of the Yankees in the ninth.

Three Down:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: Is the hot streak over? If so, that’s more worrisome for Murphy than for most hitters, considering his history of being streaky to extremes.

2. OF Juan Lagares: It’s hard to hit in general, harder still without much playing time. Lagares has not received much playing time of late, so his 0-for-4 was not much of a surprise.

3. 3B David Wright: Not only did Wright go 0-for-3, but his hitless effort destroyed my streak on MLB.com’s Beat the Streak game. Yes, I’m biased.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
RHP Matt Harvey
+6
C John Buck
+5
2B Daniel Murphy
+4
OF Marlon Byrd

+3
INF Justin Turner, RHP Jeremy Hefner, 3B David Wright

+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Scott Rice, OF Mike Baxter
+1
LHP Robert Carson, OF Lucas Duda, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares
-1
RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Rick Ankiel
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, RHP Brandon Lyon
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Dillon Gee
-15
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 9, Yankees 4: Three Up, Three Down

While everyone watches Ike and Ruben, the rest of the Mets just keep on winning.

Three Up:
1. RHP Jeremy Hefner:  Hefner continues to do what a fifth starter should, keeping his team in the game despite a lack of dazzle. For the first time all season, the Mets actually took advantage of that.

2. 1B Ike Davis: This was Ike’s most promising offensive game in some time, mostly because each of his two hits went to the opposite field. He may have spared himself an imminent demotion. Again.

3. LHP Scott Rice: What a find this guy has been for the Mets, who continue to abuse his arm with excellent results. As long as Rice’s shoulder stays attached, he should remain a bullpen cog for the Mets.

Three Down:
1. SS Ruben Tejada: A leadoff hit was nice, but Tejada went 0-for-4 from there and made an iffy play on defense to cost Hefner a small bit of heartache. He may be in hotter water than Davis at this point.

2. OF Mike Baxter: Baxter did not deserve this at all. He finished 0-for-1 and did very little wrong. But he was the only Mets player without a hit.

3. RHP LaTroy Hawkins: He let up a run. On this night, that was enough.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
RHP Matt Harvey
+6
C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
3B David Wright

+3
INF Justin Turner, OF Marlon Byrd, RHP Jeremy Hefner

+2
OF Juan Lagares, RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Scott Rice, OF Mike Baxter
+1
LHP Robert Carson, OF Lucas Duda, RHP LaTroy Hawkins
-1
RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Rick Ankiel
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, RHP Brandon Lyon
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada
-5
RHP Dillon Gee
-15
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 2, Yankees 1: Three Up, Three Down

This is the Mets’ first three-game winning streak since the first weekend of the season.

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey:  A vintage performance may not have been enough to give Harvey the win, but it did keep him undefeated: now 5-0 in 11 starts.

2. OF Lucas Duda: Duda’s season-long struggles with runners in scoring position have been well-documented; perhaps this will change things for him.

3. 3B David Wright: He’s always in the middle of everything good that happens with this club. That’s no coincidence.

Three Down:
1. SS Ruben Tejada: His defense is an issue, his pickoff at second base (according to manager Terry Collins) was unacceptable and his performance at the plate remains anemic. This is all becoming an issue.

2. OF Marlon Byrd: Byrd’s error on a routine single nearly cost the Mets the game. Harvey deserves better defense behind him.

3. 1B Ike Davis: Yet another tough game for Davis, who continues to struggle mightily at the plate. A Minor League demotion could be coming, and soon.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
RHP Matt Harvey
+6
C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
3B David Wright

+3
INF Justin Turner, OF Mike Baxter, OF Marlon Byrd

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese
+1
LHP Robert Carson, LHP Scott Rice, OF Lucas Duda
-1
RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Rick Ankiel
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, RHP Brandon Lyon
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, SS Ruben Tejada

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-5
RHP Dillon Gee
-16
1B Ike Davis

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Mets honor Mariano Rivera with gifts, self-deprecating humor

The Mets presented retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with three gifts prior to his final game in Queens: a mounted hose nozzle from an FDNY truck, an authentic FDNY call box, and an opportunity to throw out the night’s ceremonial first pitch.

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COO Jeff Wilpon also offered this quip to Rivera, who responded with a laugh: “I wish we could see you in the World Series,” Wilpon said, “but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.”

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Mets 2, Yankees 1: Three Up, Three Down

Twice, Daniel Murphy tried to give the Mets the lead. Once, he even succeeded.

Three Up:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: It took a sensational grab by Brett Gardner to prevent Murphy from putting the Mets ahead with his shot over the wall in the sixth inning. He simply waited two innings later instead, driving in the game-winner on a single up the middle.

2. LHP Jon Niese: That’s the Niese the Mets signed to that big extension a year ago. Seven innings, one run ought to do for New York’s Opening Day starter.

3. 3B David Wright: No one on this team comes through in big spots more consistently than Wright. Which is why he is David Wright, and always will be.

Three Down:
1. 1B Ike Davis: Three at-bats, three strikeouts has everyone quickly forgetting Sunday night’s game-winning single. Let the Minor League talk begin anew.

2. OF Rick Ankiel: Another 0-fer with two strikeouts means Ankiel is turning back into the Ankiel he was with the Astros earlier this year. The last thing the Mets need is another strikeout machine in the middle of their lineup.

3. OF Lucas Duda: The Mets certainly could have done without his 0-for-4, which included two strikeouts (one of them with the bases loaded and two outs). And they really, really could have done without his misplay of Gardner’s sixth-inning triple, which led to the Yankees’ only run.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey, C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
OF Marlon Byrd

+3
INF Justin Turner, OF Mike Baxter, 3B David Wright

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese
+1
LHP Robert Carson, LHP Scott Rice
-1
RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Rick Ankiel
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Brandon Lyon
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-5
RHP Dillon Gee
-15
1B Ike Davis

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The scene: Subway Series Game 1

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Mets lose two of three to Braves: Three Up, Three Down

A delayed reaction to this weekend’s series against the Braves:

Friday/Saturday: Braves 7, Mets 5
Three Up: RHP Jeremy Hefner, C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
Three Down: RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP Scott Rice, 1B Ike Davis

Saturday: Braves 6, Mets 0
Three Up: RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Mike Baxter
Three Down: RHP Dillon Gee, 3B David Wright, OF Marlon Byrd

Sunday: Mets 4, Braves 2
Three Up: 1B Ike Davis, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Lucas Duda
Three Down: OF Rick Ankiel, SS Ruben Tejada, 3B David Wright

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey, C John Buck
+5
 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
OF Marlon Byrd

+3
INF Justin Turner, OF Mike Baxter

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Greg Burke, 3B David Wright
+1
LHP Jon Niese, LHP Robert Carson, LHP Scott Rice, OF Lucas Duda
-1
RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Shaun Marcum
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Brandon Lyon
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-5
RHP Dillon Gee
-14
1B Ike Davis

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Reds 7, Mets 4: Three Up, Three Down

Today, on “As the Ike Turns”…

Three Up:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: Three hits, two runs, two RBI…a nice little game for the new leadoff man.

2. OF Rick Ankiel: Three extra-base hits, including the game-tying RBI triple.

3. RHP Brandon Lyon: A fine relief effort for Lyon, who struck out a pair in his 1-2-3 inning.

Three Down:
1. 1B Ike Davis: Is Ike’s offense spilling into his defense? More and more, that seems to be the case.

2. RHP Bobby Parnell: The game-winning rally was not necessarily his fault, but Shin-Soo Choo’s leadoff double certainly did not help.

3. 3B David Wright: A fat 0-for-4 in the middle of the lineup was not what this struggling offense needed.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey
+5
OF Marlon Byrd, C John Buck
+4
2B Daniel Murphy, 3B David Wright

+3
INF Justin Turner

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Mike Baxter, OF Juan Lagares, LHP Scott Rice
+1
LHP Jon Niese, LHP Robert Carson, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Greg Burke, OF Rick Ankiel
-1
RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Bobby Parnell
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, SS Ruben Tejada
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Dillon Gee
-14
1B Ike Davis

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