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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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Citi Field food review: Pat LaFrieda’s meatball sliders

The Mets increased New York City meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda’s visibility at Citi Field this season, and are now hawking LaFrieda’s meat at hamburger stands throughout the ballpark.

LaFrieda also added a meatball slider stand in center field, next to his original steak sandwich stand (actually two stands now). I tried it Sunday, and came away impressed.

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The sliders come in a boat of three for $12. That’s three miniature rolls with a meatball on each, topped with whipped ricotta.

The rolls kept a nice chewiness to them despite being thrown on the grill in what appeared to be a small pool of butter. One recommendation, however: if you’re going to try them out, do it before the game when you can relax at one of the high-top tables in center field. These little guys can be messy to eat by hand in the stands.

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They’re also not quite as filling as LaFrieda’s signature $15 steak sandwich, which remains one of Citi Field’s better concession offerings. Overall, however, this is a stand I will revisit frequently over the course of the summer.

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Mets Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 1

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 1, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1. Juan Lagares, 0.4
2. Jose Valverde, 0.3
3-(t). David Wright, 0.1
3-(t). Lucas Duda, 0.1
3-(t). Gonzalez Germen, 0.1
3-(t). Jon Niese, 0.1
3-(t). Jenrry Mejia, 0.1

17-(t). Dillon Gee, -0.1
17-(t). Wilmer Flores, -0.1
19-(t). Travis d’Arnaud, -0.2
19-(t). Eric Young, Jr., -0.2

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Reds 2, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

A day late never hurt anyone…

Three Up
1. Ike Davis: 
In his first start since Opening Day, Davis finished 2-for-4. His reward will be a trip back to the bench for Tuesday’s series opener in Atlanta.

2. Jon Niese: Niese’s return from the disabled list was by most measures a success, despite the sixth-inning struggles that ultimately cost him the win. A better offensive performance would have greatly reduced the impact of that.

3. Kyle Farnsworth: Farnsworth actually didn’t pitch as well as Gonzalez Germen or Jose Valverde, the other two relievers to appear in Sunday’s game. But he has come through with two consecutive scoreless outings since Opening Day, perhaps positioning himself to gain a more prominent role going forward.

Three Down
1. Daniel Murphy: If Murphy is going to play poorly defensively, he must hit as well as ever. Right now, he’s not; an 0-for-4 Sunday dropped his OPS to .579 in four games.

2. Curtis Granderson: Another 0-for-4 dropped Granderson’s average to .167, with a .617 OPS and eight strikeouts in 25 plate appearances. Through one week, he’s been worth precisely 0.0 wins above replacement.

3. Travis d’Arnaud: After Sunday’s game, d’Arnaud said that he blamed himself for the loss. That may be a little harsh, but his 0-for-15 to start the season isn’t doing anyone any favors.

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

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Mets 6, Reds 3: Three Up, Three Down

Today, we spell redemption “I-K-E.”

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Three Up
1. Ike Davis:
Walk-off grand slams are usually good for an “Up” around here.”

2. Curtis Granderson: This is a tentative home-run-centric “Up,” because Granderson’s hesitancy fielding Chris Heisey’s double leading off the eighth put a man in scoring position with no outs. Brandon Phillips’ ensuing homer may have made that a moot point, but who knows how the inning otherwise might have unfolded.

3. Scott Rice: If we’re going to ding Rice every time he does not do his job effectively, might as well credit him when he does. After Phillips’ homer, Rice was asked to stop the bleeding against Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, two of the National League’s premier power hitters. A groundout and a strikeout later and the Mets were back in the dugout.

Three Down
1. Daniel Murphy: Though he did not commit an actual fielding error, Murphy may have been able to snag each of Tucker Barnhart’s first two hits with better positioning or athleticism. Murphy’s defense has been a weak spot throughout the young season.

2. Lucas Duda: Duda’s second game as the Mets’ official starting first baseman could not have gone much more differently than the first. A day after bashing two homers, Duda went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

3. Eric Young, Jr.: Young may finally have recorded his first hit of the season, but it came on an infield squibber that barely reached the pitcher’s mound. Something is not right with his swing, and until he fixes it, Young is hurting the Mets by batting leadoff.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +3
Gonzalez Germen +2
Andrew Brown +1

Ike Davis +1
Curtis Granderson +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Anthony Recker +1
Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Jeurys Familia -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Josh Satin -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Daniel Murphy -2
Eric Young, Jr. -3

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