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Duda and other Mets “Muscle”-ing up

In case you missed it, I wrote a brief piece today looking back on the offseason work that Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and other Mets players did at personal trainer Mike Barwis’ Michigan facility.

Barwis is now starring in his own reality television show, “American Muscle,” which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery. Here’s a clip from the show featuring Mets prospect Dominic Smith:

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Mets 3, Mariners 2: Three Up, Three Down

Bartolo Colon and Taijuan Walker were both 19 years, 81 days apart.

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Three Up: Bartolo Colon, Eric Young, Jeurys Familia
Three Down: Chris Young, Juan Lagares, Anthony Recker

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +9
Jon Niese +7
Bartolo Colon +6
Lucas Duda +6
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Zack Wheeler +2
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Curtis Granderson +1
Juan Lagares +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Carlos Torres +1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -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 -9

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Mets’ deGrom for deRookie of deYear?

After Jacob deGrom wrapped up seven more sparkling innings in Tuesday’s 3-1 Mets win over the Mariners, manager Terry Collins noted that “this guy’s got numbers to match up any rookie in the league.”

Well, does he? Certainly after that performance, deGrom made a statement that his name belongs in the National League Rookie of the Year discussion. Thanks in large part to a weak NL field — Jose Abreu, George Springer, Dellin Betances and Jake Odorizzi all play in the American League — deGrom now leads all NL rookies with 1.3 fWAR and ranks third overall behind Billy Hamilton of the Reds and Chris Owings of the Diamondbacks. But those players both have significant flaws.

Hamilton (3.2 fWAR) derives the bulk of his value from baserunning and defense, which — and it’s a shame, but it’s true — are not always high on many voters’ lists of criteria. Hamilton’s on-base percentage sits at just .313. He is probably the NL ROY leader in the clubhouse right now, but he is hardly infallible.

Owings (1.9 fWAR) has not played since June 25, forcing him to the periphery of the discussion. Any argument Owings can make at this point, Hamilton can make a better one.

Other high-profile competitors lurk in the field, most notably Tommy La Stella (1.0 fWAR), Kolten Wong (0.9), Jesse Hahn (0.8) and Carlos Martinez (0.5), plus the Mets’ own Travis d’Arnaud and Jeurys Familia. But deGrom has outperformed them all to date, making this, right now, a two-horse race between him and Hamilton.

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Mets 3, Mariners 1: Three Up, Three Down

Mets went fishing for a win…and found one.

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Three Up: Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud
Three Down: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Eric Young, Juan Lagares

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +9
Jon Niese +7
Lucas Duda +6
Bartolo Colon +5
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Juan Lagares +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
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -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
Ruben Tejada -7
Eric Young, Jr. -7
Chris Young -8

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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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