Cubs 5, Mets 4: Three Up, Three Down

Three Up: Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy
Three Down: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Dana Eveland, Matt den Dekker

Season Standings
Jon Niese +7
Juan Lagares +6
Bartolo Colon +4
Jacob deGrom +4
Eric Campbell +3
Dillon Gee +3
Ike Davis +2
Daniel Murphy +2
Bobby Abreu +1
Vic Black +1
Andrew Brown +1

Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Zack Wheeler +1
Dana Eveland -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Curtis Granderson -2
Wilmer Flores -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Travis d’Arnaud -3
Scott Rice -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Chris Young -6
Eric Young, Jr. -6

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Cubs 2, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

More RISPy business for the Mets.

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Three Up: Zack Wheeler, Curtis Granderson, Matt den Dekker
Three Down: Josh Edgin, David Wright, Scott Rice

Season Standings
Jon Niese +7
Juan Lagares +6
Bartolo Colon +4
Jacob deGrom +4
Eric Campbell +3
Dillon Gee +3
Ike Davis +2
Matt den Dekker +2
Bobby Abreu +1
Vic Black +1
Andrew Brown +1

Buddy Carlyle +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Daniel Murphy +1
Zack Wheeler +1
Lucas Duda -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Curtis Granderson -2
Wilmer Flores -2
Travis d’Arnaud -3
Ruben Tejada -3
Scott Rice -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Chris Young -6
Eric Young, Jr. -6

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Rare footage of Vladimir Guerrero going outside the zone

Those wild folks at the MLB Fan Cave are up to it again. Check out this wonderfully-spliced Vine of former Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero touching up 50 Cent for a single:

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Mets 11, Phillies 2: Three Up, Three Down

Five games, 57 innings and goodness knows how many cheesesteaks later, the Mets escape Philadelphia with four wins.

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Three Up: Bartolo Colon, Wilmer Flores, Matt den Dekker
Three Down: Jeurys Familia, Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda

Season Standings
Jon Niese +7
Juan Lagares +6
Bartolo Colon +4
Jacob deGrom +4
Eric Campbell +3
Dillon Gee +3
Ike Davis +2
Bobby Abreu +1
Vic Black +1
Andrew Brown +1

Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Daniel Murphy +1
David Wright +1
Lucas Duda -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Wilmer Flores -2
Travis d’Arnaud -3
Curtis Granderson -3
Scott Rice -3
Ruben Tejada -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Chris Young -6
Eric Young, Jr. -6

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A double dose of den Dekker

It’s halfway through a Mets game. Matt den Dekker has already made two remarkable defensive plays.

First, a catch:

Then, a throw:

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Mets are cheesesteak champions

From the weird, gross and disgusting files…

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When rain marooned the Mets in Philadelphia last month, they reportedly busied themselves setting the record for most cheesesteaks consumed in a single day in Citizens Bank Park’s visiting clubhouse. As Mike Vorkunov writes in the Star-Ledger:

Cheesesteaks are Philadelphia’s delicacy — a greasy stuffing of beef and lining of cheese inside a sub. Visiting teams are welcome to eat as many as they want or can, with the meal made for them at the ballpark, and a scoreboard tracks their feats. There are individual and team records for a single day or series.

On April 30, over some ten hours, the Mets ate 103, they say, setting the new single-day team record. Though baseball may be a sequence of individualized events, this was the work of a collective. It was planned two cheesesteaks per person, or more for those that were willing to help out where other teammates could not eat their share.

By the time the Mets left for Denver, distended and at over-capacity, they were now record-holders, breaking the previous mark that stood somewhere in the 80s.

Though impressive, perhaps it should not have been surprising. When it comes to eating cheesesteaks, the Mets are the 1961 Yankees, and their bullpen catchers, Dave Racaniello and Eric Langill, are the Mantle and Maris.

Last season, from April 8-10, Langill set the three-game series record by eating 17 cheesesteaks. He broke Racaniello’s record of 14 — which had stood for years.

Congratulations, Mets.

This story also brought to mind the legendary tale of Diamondbacks bullpen catcher Jeff Motuzas, who will apparently eat anything for money.

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Wins Above Replacement Leaders through Week 9

Highest and lowest Mets WAR scores through Week 9, according to the web sites Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1. Daniel Murphy, 1.5
2-(t). Juan Lagares, 1.0
2-(t). David Wright, 1.o
4. Jon Niese, 0.8

5. Zack Wheeler, 0.7

34-(t). Omar Quintanilla, -0.3
34-(t). Josh Satin, -0.3

34-(t). Jose Valverde, -0.3
37-(t). John Lannan, -0.4
37-(t). Rafael Montero, -0.4
37-(t). Scott Rice, -0.4

Baseball Reference
1. Lagares, 2.6
2. Niese, 1.4
3. Curtis Granderson, 1.3
4. Dillon Gee, 1.2
5. Wright, 1.0

36-(t). Montero, -0.3
36-(t). Satin, -0.3
36-(t). Wheeler, -0.3
39. Lannan, -0.5
40-(t). Travis d’Arnaud, -0.8
40-(t).  Valverde, -0.8

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Three Up, Three Down: Extra innings edition

So many innings. So many ups. So many downs.

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Friday: Phillies 6, Mets 5 (14 innings)
Three Up:
Bobby Abreu, Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia
Three Down: Chris Young, Rafael Montero, David Wright

Saturday: Mets 5, Phillies 4 (14 innings)
Three Up:
Jacob deGrom, Buddy Carlyle, Ruben Tejada
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Daniel Murphy

Sunday: Mets 5, Phillies 4 (11 innings)
Three Up:
Jon Niese, Lucas Duda, Josh Edgin
Three Down: Daniel Murphy, Juan Lagares, Ruben Tejada

Season Standings
Jon Niese +7
Juan Lagares +6
Jacob deGrom +4
Eric Campbell +3
Bartolo Colon +3
Dillon Gee +3
Ike Davis +2
Jeurys Familia +2
Bobby Abreu +1
Vic Black +1
Andrew Brown +1

Buddy Carlyle +1
Josh Edgin +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Daniel Murphy +1
David Wright +1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Curtis Granderson -3
Scott Rice -3
Ruben Tejada -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Chris Young -6
Eric Young, Jr. -6

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Mets 4, Phillies 1: Three Up, Three Down

Three Up: Zack Wheeler, Vic Black, Jenrry Mejia
Three Down: Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +7
Jon Niese +6
Eric Campbell +3
Bartolo Colon +3
Jacob deGrom +3
Dillon Gee +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Ike Davis +2
David Wright +2
Vic Black +1
Andrew Brown +1

Jeurys Familia +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Rafael Montero +1
Lucas Duda -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Carlos Torres -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Curtis Granderson -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Scott Rice -3
Ruben Tejada -3
Jose Valverde -4
Chris Young -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6

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Mets 5, Pirates 0: Three Up, Three Down

All Bart, all the time.

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Three Up: Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Lucas Duda
Three Down: Chris Young, Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +7
Jon Niese +6
Daniel Murphy +4
Eric Campbell +3
Bartolo Colon +3
Jacob deGrom +3
Dillon Gee +3
David Wright +3
Ike Davis +2
Andrew Brown +1

Jeurys Familia +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Rafael Montero +1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
Lucas Duda -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Carlos Torres -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Curtis Granderson -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Scott Rice -3
Ruben Tejada -3
Jose Valverde -4
Chris Young -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6

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