Mets 1, White Sox 0: Three Up, Three Down


Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: What additional superlatives can we rain on this guy? You get the feeling it’s really only a matter of time before he does throw a no-hitter. Or seven.

2. OF Mike Baxter: For all the praise we heap on Jordany Valdespin, guess who’s had the better success rate as a pinch hitter, both this year and last. It’s Baxter, and it’s not particularly close.

3. RHP Bobby Parnell: The 10th inning that Parnell pitched came under more stressful conditions than most save situations. Frank Francisco may be back soon, but Parnell more than deserves to remain the closer.

Three Down:
1. OF Lucas Duda: Two more called third strikes on an 0-for-4 night. He’s slashing .184/.310/.306 since April 20, a span of 14 games, and is 2-for-16 so far in May.

2. 3B David Wright: A rare off game for the captain on a day when the Mets very much needed some offense. When the offense struggles, Wright takes the rap.

3. SS Ruben Tejada: That would have been an amazing play had Tejada managed to nail Rios with his jump-throw in the seventh. More to the point: Tejada left two men in scoring position in the second inning, finishing 1-for-4 at the plate.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
C John Buck
3B David Wright, RHP Matt Harvey
INF Justin Turner

RHP LaTroy Hawkins, LHP Scott Rice, RHP Bobby Parnell
RHP Jeremy Hefner, LHP Jon Niese, OF Marlon Byrd, SS Ruben Tejada
RHP Scott Atchison
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, C Anthony Recker, RHP Dillon Gee, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Brandon Lyon
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Lucas Duda

LHP Josh Edgin
1B Ike Davis

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