April 2014

Mets 6, Phillies 1: Three Up, Three Down

You may be cold, but Jon Niese isn’t.

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Three Up
1. Jon Niese: He has a knack for pitching well in poor conditions. Niese said he spent plenty of time by the heaters in the dugout between innings, jamming his hands in his jacket pockets.

2. Daniel Murphy: A nice three-hit night for Murphy, whose stolen base streak remains alive thanks to a beneficial scorer’s ruling.

3. Ruben Tejada: If Tejada hits even a little bit, it will be a boon for the offense. Right now, he’s hitting a little bit.

Three Down
1. Eric Young: A 1-for-5 atop the order dragged Young’s on-base percentage down to  .315, and he flat-out dropped a foul fly ball off Chase Utley’s bat in the seventh.

2. David Wright: One of the most bizarre aspects of April for the Mets is the fact that they are winning — and winning often — without much meaningful offensive contributions from Wright. He was 0-for-5 with a double play in Tuesday’s win.

3. Daisuke Matsuzaka: This is a tough “Down” considering Matsuzaka pitched a scoreless inning, but walking the leadoff man is not a good habit.

Season Standings
Jon Niese +5
Juan Lagares +4
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Bobby Abreu +1
Andrew Brown +1
Travis d’Arnaud +1
Dillon Gee +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Omar Quintanilla +1
Carlos Torres +1

John Lannan -1
Daniel Murphy -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
David Wright -1
Chris Young -2
Kyle Farnsworth -3
Jose Valverde -3
Curtis Granderson -4
Eric Young -5

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Wins Above Replacement Leaders through Week 4

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 4, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1-(t). Juan Lagares, 0.5
1-(t). Zack Wheeler, 0.5
2-(t). Daniel Murphy, 0.4
2-(t) Anthony Recker, 0.4
2-(t). Eric Young, Jr., 0.4


27-(t). Gonzalez Germen, -0.2
27-(t). Josh Satin, -0.2
27-(t). Chris Young, -0.2

30. John Lannan, -0.4
31. Ruben Tejada, -0.5
32. Curtis Granderson, -0.6

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Three Up, Three Down: Frying Fish

From Saturday and Sunday, this may be more like Six Up, Six Down:

Saturday: Marlins 7, Mets 6
Three Up: Bobby Abreu, Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda
Three Down: Jenrry Mejia, Carlos Torres, Kyle Farnsworth

Sunday: Mets 4, Marlins 0
Three Up: Dillon Gee, Chris Young, Daniel Murphy

Three Down: Eric Young, Ruben Tejada, Curtis Granderson

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +4
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Bobby Abreu +1
Andrew Brown +1
Travis d’Arnaud +1
Dillon Gee +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Omar Quintanilla +1
Carlos Torres +1

John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Daniel Murphy -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Chris Young -2
Kyle Farnsworth -3
Jose Valverde -3
Curtis Granderson -4
Eric Young -4

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Mets 4, Marlins 3: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets are on pace for 92 wins.

Three Up
1. Curtis Granderson: You hit a walk-off, you get an “Up.” That’s the deal. Always has been. Always will be.

2. Omar Quintanilla: With respect to Kirk Nieuwenhuis and his rally-aiding double, Quintanilla came through with the game-tying hit on a heck of an at-bat. It’s even harder to have that kind of plate discipline when you play as infrequently as Quintanilla does.

3. Zack Wheeler: This is a tentative “Up,” because Wheeler knows he must be more efficient. Six innings in 110 pitches is not going to cut it for a Mets team still trying to find a back-end bullpen mix that works. But boy was Wheeler sharp when he needed to be.

Three Down
1. Chris Young: A tough 0-for-4 from Young, who had been showing real signs of light at the plate in recent days. Any offense from Young would be much-appreciated by the Mets.

2. Gonzalez Germen: Five straight outs followed by two straight homers. Germen easily could have been the losing pitcher in this game, had things not broken in the other direction.

3. Eric Young: This is a real tough “Down” to give, but Young easily could have been 0-for-4 had his third-inning single been ruled an error on the shortstop. Still, consider this a “Down” by default, because everyone else on the team deserved it even less.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +4
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Jenrry Mejia +2
Andrew Brown +1

Dillon Gee +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Omar Quintanilla +1
Carlos Torres +1
Lucas Duda -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Kyle Farnsworth -2
Curtis Granderson -3
Daniel Murphy -3
Jose Valverde -3
Chris Young -3
Eric Young -3

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Mets 4, Cardinals 1: Three Up, Three Down

Bartolo Colon with the win, Daisuke Matsuzaka with the save, Bobby Abreu with a double. “I think we’re back in 1999 right now,” Anthony Recker jokes.

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Three Up
1. Bartolo Colon: Taking his nine-run Anaheim debacle out of the equation, Colon owns a 2.33 ERA with 23 strikeouts and one walk in four starts. That’s pretty darn good.

2. Daniel Murphy: Two run-scoring hits, including the ultimate game-winner in the sixth, made Murphy a valuable contributor for the Mets.

3. Daisuke Matsuzaka: Matsuzaka hardly seemed to sweat in his first career save opportunity, dispatching the Cardinals 1-2-3 in the ninth. His success gives the Mets an extra ninth-inning option going forward.

Three Down
1. Lucas Duda: Duda had been chugging along fairly well since taking over as the everyday first baseman, but his 0-for-4 earns him a “Down” on an otherwise decent offensive day for the Mets.

2. Carlos Torres: It has not hurt his bottom line yet, but Torres can’t keep allowing baserunners if he’s going to be the Mets’ primary setup man. Then again, Terry Collins can’t keep leaning on Torres every night.

3. David Wright: Another 0-fer for the captain, who is not hitting up to his usual standards. In a way, that’s good news for the Mets, who are winning while they wait for Wright to come around.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +4
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Jenrry Mejia +2
Andrew Brown +1

Dillon Gee +1
Gonzalez Germen +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Carlos Torres +1
Lucas Duda -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Kyle Farnsworth -2
Chris Young -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Daniel Murphy -3
Jose Valverde -3
Curtis Granderson -4

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Mets 3, Cardinals 2: Three Up, Three Down

Crazy game. Crazy garbage wind tornado.

Three Up
1. Jon Niese: 
Really nice start by Niese, who wasn’t as flashy as Michael Wacha but was a whole lot more efficient. He’s quietly been the Mets’ best starter since returning from the disabled list.

2. Travis d’Arnaud: In addition to reaching base three times, d’Arnaud saved the game for the Mets with his swipe tag on Matt Carpenter at the plate. A tough tag, and a good one.

3. Lucas Duda: The offense needed thump, and Duda provided it. The way this lineup is going, any home run is good enough for an “Up” right now.

Three Down
1. David Wright: Another 0-for-4 and three more strikeouts. As hot as Wright was earlier this month, he’s suddenly just as cold.

2. Kyle Farnsworth: Though Farnsworth ultimately earned the save, he needed Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada and d’Arnaud to bail him out with perfect execution on a relay. Farnsworth gave up as many hits (three) as he recorded outs.

3. Carlos Torres: IfI were managing, I would have kept Daisuke Matsuzaka in for at least the eighth inning, and maybe the ninth. As it was, Terry Collins turned to Torres, who struggled with two hits in 2/3 innings.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +4
Anthony Recker +3
Ike Davis +2
Jenrry Mejia +2
Carlos Torres +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1

Dillon Gee +1
Gonzalez Germen +1
David Wright +1

John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Kyle Farnsworth -2
Chris Young -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Jose Valverde -3
Curtis Granderson -4
Daniel Murphy -4

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Cardinals 3, Mets 0: Three Up, Three Down

It may be worry-time for an offense that is simply not clicking.

Three Up
1. Dillon Gee:
Give Gee credit for not cracking in the fourth inning, when the game easily could have spiraled out of control. After a so-so start to the season, Gee looks to be very much back on track.

2. Gonzalez Germen: Germen has developed into a real catch for the Mets, who have leaned on him in varying situations this season. His ability to pitch multiple innings has proven invaluable.

3. Eric Young, Jr.: On a night when the Mets struggled to hit with any shred of consistency, Young reached base twice. It was the best offensive night of any Met.

Three Down
1. David Wright: Wright punctuated his 0-for-4 night by striking out looking as the potential tying run in the ninth. We’ll chalk this one up to a rare offensive blip.

2. Curtis Granderson: The strikeouts are piling up for Granderson and so is every other type of out. His career-long slump now stands at 0-for-22.

3. Jose Valverde: If the Mets had any designs on mounting a comeback, Valverde dashed them by walking the leadoff man in the ninth and allowing a critical insurance run. Valverde has given up at least one run in five of his last six outings.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +3
Anthony Recker +3
Carlos Torres +3
Ike Davis +2
Jenrry Mejia +2
David Wright +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1

Dillon Gee +1
Gonzalez Germen +1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
Lucas Duda -1
Kyle Farnsworth -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Zack Wheeler -1

Chris Young -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Jose Valverde -3
Curtis Granderson -4
Daniel Murphy -4

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Mets 2, Cardinals 0: Three Up, Three Down

Mejia plus Rice plus Torres plus Farnsworth equals shutout.

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Three Up
1. Jenrry Mejia:
His health remains a big “if,” but Mejia is pitching dynamite ball. His career-long scoreless innings streak currently stands at 13 2/3.

2. Travis d’Arnaud: In addition to catching a shutout, d’Arnaud came through with two hits and an RBI at the plate. His offense finally seems to be turning a corner.

3. Ruben Tejada: Props to Tejada for two fine defensive plays. He’s still having a dreadful season, but perhaps Monday’s game was the start of something better.

Three Down
1. Curtis Granderson: The boos are growing louder every day. To Granderson’s credit, he is making no excuses.  But he’s now mired in an 0-for-21 funk.

2. Chris Young: After reaching base on an error in the sixth, Young nearly killed the Mets’ best rally when Yadier Molina caught him attempting to advance on a would-be wild pitch. He made the first out of the inning at third, a definite  baseball no-no.

3. Eric Young: This is a tough “Down,” considering Young finished 1-for-4 with a run scored. But he also left the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth, at a time when the Mets could have broken open the game.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +3
Anthony Recker +3
Carlos Torres +3
David Wright +3
Ike Davis +2
Jenrry Mejia +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1

Travis d’Arnaud -1
Lucas Duda -1
Kyle Farnsworth -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Zack Wheeler -1

Jose Valverde -2
Chris Young -2
Curtis Granderson -3
Eric Young, Jr. -3
Daniel Murphy -4

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Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 3

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 3, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1. Juan Lagares, 0.5
2. Anthony Recker, 0.4
3-(t). Lucas Duda, 0.3
3-(t). David Wright, 0.3
3-(t). Ike Davis, 0.3
3-(t). Carlos Torres, 0.3
3-(t). Zack Wheeler, 0.3


27. Bartolo Colon, -0.2
28. Curtis Granderson, -0.3
29. John Lannan, -0.4
30-(t). Ruben Tejada, -0.5
30-(t). Jose Valverde, -0.5

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Three Up, Three Down: The Lost Episodes

Another round of Three Up, Three Down from over the weekend:

Friday: Braves 6, Mets 0
Three Up: Jon Niese, David Wright, Carlos Torres
Three Down: Chris Young, Gonzalez Germen, Curtis Granderson

Saturday: Braves 7, Mets 5
Three Up: Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Chris Young
Three Down: Jose Valverde, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Curtis Granderson

Sunday: Mets 4, Braves 3
Three Up: David Wright, Lucas Duda, Daisuke Matsuzaka
Three Down: Chris Young, Eric Young, Gonzalez Germen

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +3
Anthony Recker +3
Carlos Torres +3
David Wright +3
Ike Davis +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Lucas Duda -1
Kyle Farnsworth -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Chris Young -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Curtis Granderson -2
Ruben Tejada -2

Jose Valverde -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Daniel Murphy -4

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