Mets 5, Cardinals 2: Three Up, Three Down

Turns out the Mets can score more than four runs in a game.

Three Up:
1. LHP Jon Niese: Niese spent the past week practicing his mechanics in front of a mirror, and it appears to have paid off. Neither of the two runs that Niese allowed was entirely his fault.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: How’s this for streaky: since snapping his 0-for-17 skid last Sunday, Niese has gone 11-for-17 with four doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. Consistency is overrated.

3. 3B David Wright: What a steady producer Wright has been this season. He has not carried the Mets like he did in the first half last year, but the Mets will be fine with that as long as he remains steady throughout the second half.

Three Down:
1. 1B Ike Davis: He’s 0-for-22 since manager Terry Collins gave him a vote of confidence in the cleanup spot, and Collins has only promised him a run of games there through this weekend. After that, things could get ugly.

2. OF Rick Ankiel: The Mets claimed they signed Ankiel for his defense, but the newcomer has now cost the Mets twice in three games. Thursday’s misplay may have partially been Jordany Valdespin’s fault, but as the center fielder, Ankiel needs to call him off.

3. OF Jordany Valdespin: Can we give Ike two down here? No? Then this down goes to Valdespin for the aforementioned foul ball and for his inexplicable bunt attempt in the seventh inning. His drag bunt was nice, but the other stuff outweighed it.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+5
RHP Matt Harvey, C John Buck, 3B David Wright
+4
IF Justin Turner
+3
OF Marlon Byrd

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeremy Hefner, OF Mike Baxter, 2B Daniel Murphy
+1
OF Juan Lagares, LHP Scott Rice, LHP Jon Niese
-1
C Anthony Recker, OF Lucas Duda, OF Rick Ankiel
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Jordany Valdespin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Dillon Gee

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-10
1B Ike Davis

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