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Mariners 5, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down

Jon Niese said he was “rusty” in his first start back from the disabled list. Rusty in Seattle…how about it, Tom Hanks?

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Three Up: Travis d’Arnaud, David Wright, Chris Young
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Jon Niese, Eric Campbell

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +8
Jon Niese +7
Bartolo Colon +5
Lucas Duda +5
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Juan Lagares +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Zack Wheeler +2
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Curtis Granderson +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
Carlos Torres +1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Vic Black -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Ruben Tejada -7
Chris Young -8

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Mets Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 16

Highest and lowest Mets WAR scores through Week 16, according to the web sites Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1. Daniel Murphy, 2.6
2. Juan Lagares, 2.1
3. Curtis Granderson, 1.9
4. David Wright, 1.8

5. Lucas Duda, 1.7

37-(t). Three players tied
38-(t). John Lannan, -0.4
38-(t). Rafael Montero, -0.4
38-(t). Scott Rice, -0.4
41. Gonzalez Germen, -0.6

Baseball Reference
1. Lagares, 3.1
2. Wright, 2.2
3. Duda, 2.0
4. Jon Niese, 1.8
5. Murphy, 1.7

37-(t). Wilmer Flores, -0.4
37-(t). Lannan, -0.4
37-(t). Bobby Abreu, -0.4
40. Travis d’Arnaud, -0.6
41. Jose Valverde, -0.7

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Highlights from David Wright’s first decade in the big leagues

Old man David Wright celebrates the 10-year anniversary of his big league debut on Monday. Here are five highlights from the Mets third baseman’s career:

July 22, 2004: Wright’s first career hit, a double against the Expos one day after his debut:

 

Aug. 9, 2005: Wright makes the most memorable defensive play of his career, robbing Brian Giles in San Diego:

 

May 19, 2006: For Wright, no regular-season hit has been bigger than this Subway Series walk-off against Mariano Rivera:

 

March 19, 2009: Wright, who would go on to earn the nickname “Captain America” during an injury-shortened 2013 World Baseball Classic appearance, hit this walk-off single to beat Puerto Rico in a WBC elimination game:

 

Dec. 5, 2012: The Mets officially signed Wright to a new eight-year, $138-million contract, effectively making him a Met for life:

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Three Up, Three Down: You stay classy, San Diego

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Friday: Mets 5, Padres 4
Three Up:
Travis d’Arnaud, Curtis Granderson, Dana Eveland
Three Down: Bartolo Colon, Daniel Murphy, David Wright

Saturday: Padres 5, Mets 0
Three Up:
Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson
Three Down: David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Dillon Gee

Sunday: Padres 2, Mets 1
Three Up:
Zack Wheeler, Jeurys Familia, David Wright
Three Down: Vic Black, Josh Edgin, Travis d’Arnaud

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +8
Jon Niese +8
Bartolo Colon +5
Lucas Duda +5
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Juan Lagares +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Curtis Granderson +2
Zack Wheeler +2
Eric Campbell +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
Carlos Torres +1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Vic Black -2
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
David Wright -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Ruben Tejada -7
Chris Young -9

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POLL: Where will Mets finish in the NL East?

The All-Star break ends tomorrow, with the Mets in third place, seven games back of the Nationals and Braves. Below them lurk the Marlins and Phillies, 7.5 and 10 games out, respectively.

Where do you think the Mets will end up?

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Granderson gives back over All-Star break

Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson and his Grand Kids Foundation hosted an All-Star Camp Wednesday at University of Illinois at Chicago’s recently-dedicated Curtis Granderson Stadium. The program featured a baseball clinic with including four interactive stations: hitting, throwing/pitching, infield and outfield; picnic lunch provide by the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Lunch Bus program; youth baseball tournament; and Grand Kids awards ceremony.

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A graduate of UIC, Granderson recently contributed $5 million to the development of Curtis Granderson Stadium there, which will serve as the home of Flames Baseball and will host more than 38 youth organizations in Chicago.

Since May 1, Granderson is hitting .274 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI.

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Pictures courtesy On3i.com.

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Video: Murphy discusses All-Star experience

Here’s video of Daniel Murphy discussing his All-Star Game experience:

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From #OhMurph to #ImWith28

On the eve of the All-Star Game, check out this feature on Daniel Murphy’s ascension from second-base disaster to reasonable defensive player (really, he is). Here are some extras that didn’t make it into the story:

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Tim Teufel, the Mets coach who mentored Murphy as he learned to play second base:

“I learned a long time ago that the more reps you take at something, the more comfortable you become at something. In his case, he learned third base, first base, left field and now second base — four positions, and this one is probably the hardest of them all.

“The reps he got in spring were vital, but he developed it in the big leagues which is remarkable to me. His perseverance, his stick-to-it-ness to be out there and put the work in, it’s been great to see.”

Jonathan Murphy, the second baseman’s brother:

“We work out at Jacksonville University in town, at the little practice infield they have there. he would ask me to throw him balls for double plays or hit him ground balls. Our hitting and defensive time started to even out, and then the defensive time almost started to take over.

“He’s been gifted from God, obviously. And part of it is in the offseason, we sit back and we like to talk about numbers a lot. We don’t like to talk about each other’s numbers during the season, because it can kind of get in your head. But once the season’s over, we’ll kind of sit back and be like, ‘Hey man, you had an unbelievable year. If you just walk a little bit more, not only is it going to help your on-base percentage but your average is going to go up too, I think, because you won’t have to get as many hits.’ He was taking that all in, and last season was when he started to walk a little bit. I think it kind of clicked for him.”

Murphy on his own development:

“I see myself as a second baseman. There’s always more work that needs to be done, always more refining. I watch elite second basemen to try to pick things from them. If I’m watching “Baseball Tonight” or something, I watch Brandon Phillips or Dustin Pedroia or Robinson Cano and those guys who are truly elite defensively. I’m able to take more things from them than I do going back and looking at myself.”

Teammate David Wright on Murphy’s spring training routine:

“I would get done doing my [defensive stuff] and he was out there well past me, begging for more. He’d get anybody to come help him, whether it was from the minor league side, whether it was the big league side — wherever. He’d ask for help for more ground balls, or more double plays. It got to the point where the amount of time was impressive, but also somewhat painful just to know the kind of work he was putting in.”

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley:

“I’ve always thought he had a good swing and a good approach at the plate — quiet. As a young guy you never know how it’s going to pan out, but I thought when he was young he seemed like a more mature hitter than his age. You just watch his mannerisms in the batter’s box. His actions were slow — I’m not talking about his swing, but he just looked like a professional hitter when he was younger. From talking to guys, you know that he’s a grinder and he wants to improve, and he’s always looking to improve. In my opinion, those are the guys that will improve — the guys that want to.”

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POLL: Who would win a Mets Home Run Derby?

Only three current Mets have ever participated in Home Run Derbies: David Wright (twice), Chris Young (while with the Diamondbacks) and Bobby Abreu (while with the Phillies). Only Abreu performed well on that stage.

But the Mets do boast their share of players with legitimate pop, as evidenced by the fact that they — do not adjust your monitors — lead the National League in homers since June 17. So who would win a Mets Home Run Derby?


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Three Up, Three Down: Fish Fry

The Mets, improbably, enter the All-Star break as the National League’s hottest team. (The picture below is from the Futures Game in Minneapolis, where Noah Syndergaard and Kevin Plawecki are playing.)

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Friday: Mets 7, Marlins 1
Three Up:
 David Wright, Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy

Saturday: Mets 5, Marlins 4
Three Up:
 Eric Campbell, Chris Young, Jenrry Mejia
Three Down: Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Lucas Duda

Sunday: Mets 9, Marlins 1
Three Up:
 Jacob deGrom, Curtis Granderson, David Wright
Three Down: Ruben Tejada, Anthony Recker, Eric Campbell

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +8
Jon Niese +8
Bartolo Colon +6
Lucas Duda +5
Dillon Gee +4
Juan Lagares +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Josh Edgin +2
Dana Eveland +2
Eric Campbell +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
Carlos Torres +1
Zack Wheeler +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
Travis d’Arnaud -3
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Ruben Tejada -6
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -9

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