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:
RHP Matt Harvey, C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
OF Marlon Byrd

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

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

LHP Josh Edgin
RHP Dillon Gee
1B Ike Davis

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