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Mets 9, D-backs 0: Three Up, Three Down

This one was over before it began.

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Three Up
1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 
What more could the Mets want from Nieuwenhuis in his first game as Juan Lagares’ replacement? Starting in center, Nieuwenhuis finished with three hits, a home run, three RBI and two fine catches on defense.

2. Eric Young, Jr: Young has quietly developed into a sparkplug atop the Mets’ order. He rapped out three more hits Tuesday, scored twice, drove in two runs and probably would have stolen a base, had the Mets not been leading by a significant margin.

3. Jenrry Mejia: It would have been interesting to see how deep into the game Mejia might have gone if not for the blister that knocked him out after five. Before that, Mejia had been cruising with five shutout innings.

Three Down
1. Lucas Duda: You know it’s a good day for the Mets when one of the team’s worst performers still reaches base, drives in a run and scores. That was Duda’s contribution, among the lightest on the team.

2. David Wright: Man, was it difficult to choose “Downs” for this game. I don’t particularly care for Wright’s haircut, which I’ve let him know on multiple occasions. This is what he gets.

3. Kyle Farnsworth: That’s for letting up two line drives! Which were both caught. I really may have to rethink this exercise.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Jon Niese +2
Anthony Recker +2
Carlos Torres +2
Andrew Brown +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis +1

Dillon Gee -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Lucas Duda -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Daniel Murphy -4

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Mets 7, D-backs 3: Three Up, Three Down

A belated Three Up, Three Down from last night’s game.

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Three Up: Lucas Duda, Eric Young, Zack Wheeler
Three Down: Ruben Tejada, Andrew Brown, Ike Davis

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Gonzalez Germen +2
Jon Niese +2
Anthony Recker +2
Carlos Torres +2
Ike Davis +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
David Wright +1
Dillon Gee -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Ruben Tejada -3
Daniel Murphy -4

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Poll: What should the Mets do when Chris Young returns from the DL?

With Chris Young due back Friday from a strained right quad, an outfield logjam is imminent. Manager Terry Collins has indicated that he will start Curtis Granderson every day and rotate his other three outfielders among two spots. But what should the Mets do?


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Mets Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 2

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 2, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1. Juan Lagares, 0.4
2-(t). Ike Davis, 0.2
2-(t). Lucas Duda, 0.2
2-(t). Curtis Granderson, 0.2
2-(t). Gonzalez Germen, 0.2
2-(t). Carlos Torres, 0.2

30-(t). Dillon Gee, -0.3
30-(t). Bartolo Colon, -0.3
32-(t). Ruben Tejada, -0.4
32-(t). John Lannan, -0.4

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Angels 14, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down

That was, uh…well, that was certainly something.

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Three Up
1. Juan Lagares: 
As expected, Lagares has played a flawless center field for the Mets. Not quite as expected were the four multi-hit games in 12 starts. How much of that has been luck, and how much the product of genuine improvement?

2. Jeurys Familia: Familia is a Mets pitcher who did not give up any runs on Sunday. On this day, that’s more than enough for an “Up.”

3. David Wright: Wright actually gave the Mets an early lead with his RBI single in the first, but that’s not why I’m giving him an “Up.” Good for Wright defending his teammates, even if it earned him an ejection. Knowing the captain, he wouldn’t have done it in a one-run game, but used Sunday’s blowout situation to his advantage.

Three Down
1. Bartolo Colon: Not much to say, except for the stats: six innings, 11 hits and nine earned runs. That’s enough damage for two or three outings, but Colon allowed it all in one.

2. Scott Rice: Opposing batters own a .500 on-base percentage against Rice this season. The left-hander’s ERA now stands at 13.50.

3. Eric Young, Jr.: Not only did Young go hitless at the plate, but he also misplayed two Angels hits into triples. Young is still relatively inexperienced in the outfield, but he wasn’t taking these kinds of poor routes earlier this month.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Jon Niese +2
Anthony Recker +2
Carlos Torres +2
Andrew Brown +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
David Wright +1
Lucas Duda -1
Dillon Gee -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Eric Young, Jr. -3
Daniel Murphy -4

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Jeff Francoeur’s Padres teammates pull a month-long prank on him

By all means, if you have not watched this video yet…watch it now:

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Mets 7, Angels 6: Three Up, Three Down

That’s 24 innings in two games for the Mets. But who’s counting?

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Three Up: Jon Niese, Anthony Recker, John Lannan
Three Down: Jose Valverde, Daniel Murphy, David Wright

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +3
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Jon Niese +2
Anthony Recker +2
Carlos Torres +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
Lucas Duda -1
Jeurys Familia -1
Dillon Gee -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Daniel Murphy -4

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Angels 5, Mets 4: Three Up, Three Down

This one took 11 innings.

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Three Up: Josh Satin, Carlos Torres, Travis d’Arnaud
Three Down: Dillon Gee, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +3
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Carlos Torres +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
Jon Niese +1
Anthony Recker +1
Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Lucas Duda -1
Jeurys Familia -1
Dillon Gee -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
John Lannan -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Daniel Murphy -3

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Three Up, Three Down: The Lost Episodes

All sorts of apologies for the lack of updates here, as I was sidelined by a nasty virus (probably the same one that has affected several Mets players this month). Here’s what I missed:

April 9: Braves 4, Mets 3
Three Up: Juan Lagares, Jeurys Familia, David Wright
Three Down: Zack Wheeler, Ruben Tejada, John Lannan

April 10: Mets 6, Braves 4
Three Up: Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Carlos Torres
Three Down: Travis d’Arnaud, Ruben Tejada, Jenrry Mejia

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
Jon Niese +1
Anthony Recker +1
Carlos Torres +1
Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Lucas Duda -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Josh Satin -1
Zack Wheeler -1
John Lannan -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Travis d’Arnaud -3
Daniel Murphy -3

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Mets 4, Braves 0: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets used three pitchers in the win. Combined age: 113.

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Three Up
1. Bartolo Colon: 
I believe “flummoxed” is the proper term for what Colon did to a Braves lineup that was swinging out of its shoes at his pitches. An aggressive lineup against a control artist such as Colon is a recipe for pitching success.

2. Travis d’Arnaud: Two hits to snap his season 0-fer were nice, but more important was how d’Arnaud handled Colon and the Mets’ pitching staff. For all the talk about d’Arnaud’s offense, catching remains his primary job.

3. Ruben Tejada: Was this a positive blip, or might Tejada actually be turning the corner? The answer could go a long way toward solving the Mets’ early offensive woes.

Three Down
1. David Wright: An 0-for-5 dropped Wright to .192 on the season. It’s not even close to panic time for the captain, but the Mets could certainly use some production out of the three hole.

2. Lucas Duda: His two-homer game now a distant memory, Duda has not produced much of anything as the Mets’ starting first baseman. If he continues to struggle, calls for Ike Davis will only grow louder.

3. Daniel Murphy: The second baseman’s offensive struggles continued with a 1-for-5 night and two strikeouts. He did hit a few balls hard, however, and has been playing better defense in recent games.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +3
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Jon Niese +1
Anthony Recker +1
Jose Valverde +1
Lucas Duda -1
Jeurys Familia -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Josh Satin -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Eric Young, Jr. -3
Daniel Murphy -4

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