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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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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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Nationals 8, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down

A three-game sweep at the hands of the Nats is how this season begins.

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Three Up
1. Curtis Granderson: Snapping an 0-for-9 start with a two-double game, Granderson began to make good on the Mets’ $60-million investment. That was much more what the Mets envisioned when they doled out that contract.

2. Gonzalez Germen: Good for Germen, who has retired nine straight after that rough start to his season Wednesday night. Perhaps he will emerge as a (rare) trustworthy bullpen arm for Terry Collins.

3. Juan Lagares: 1-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly? That’s paltry by Lagares’ newly-enhanced standards. His defense has also been as pristine as expected, though Lagares has not yet faced any great challenges there.

Three Down
1. Eric Young, Jr.: The Mets’ problems begin at the top. In two games as the leadoff man, Young is now 0-for-9 with three strikeouts. “You can’t steal first,” goes the old adage.

2. Daniel Murphy: Give Murphy credit for his hit and leadoff walk, but subtract more than that for his two defensive errors. Considering all the other flaws on their roster, the Mets need Murphy — and their defense as a whole — to be sound.

3. Jeurys Familia: Like Scott Rice, who received a “Down” over him on Opening Day, Familia has struggled in each of his two appearances. A prominent bullpen role is sitting there waiting for him, he just needs to pitch well enough to claim it.

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

Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
Jeurys Familia -1
Daniel Murphy -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Josh Satin -1
Eric Young, Jr. -2

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/23

There is officially one week to go until Opening Day.

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What we learned: Though Jenrry Mejia has outpitched Daisuke Matsuzaka this spring, Mejia’s low innings total last year may preclude him from joining the Opening Day rotation.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Tim Teufel was probably not happy.” –Daniel Murphy on his between-the-legs throw to first, referring to the Mets’ third-base coach and infield instructor.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/22

What we learned: Daniel Murphy is still not quite healthy, but the Mets expect him to be ready for Opening Day.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Honestly, I was a little scared. I haven’t done that in a while. Thankfully nothing happened.” –Bartolo Colon, a long-time American Leaguer, on running the bases

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/3

Behind do-everything pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, the Mets on Monday finally showed up in the win column. They’re 1-3 this spring.

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What we learned: Minor injuries continue to plague Mets camp, with Ike Davis joining Eric Young, Jr., Ruben Tejada, Wilfredo Tovar, Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese on the list of early casualties. None of them, however, are expected to miss any significant time. … Johan Santana is close to signing a Minor League deal with the Orioles. … SNY sideline reporter Kevin Burkhardt will host FOX’s baseball pregame show this summer in addition to his Mets duties. Steve Gelbs will fill in on SNY when conflicts arise.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“Harvey is Harvey, but [Syndergaard] and Wheeler are definitely a very close second.” –Braves outfielder Justin Upton on the Mets’ top three young pitchers

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Mets Spring Training: Week two in review

Here’s a recap of what went down in week two of Spring Training at Port St. Lucie, Fla.:

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“It shouldn’t have been a story, anyway. It’s just an overblown thing. Everyone has injuries and then they get hurt. So it was pointless to write an article. I sucked last year because I sucked. It’s not because I had an injury. You always have injuries. And now it just looks bad.”

  • Davis and Lucas Duda later began their first-base competition with a bang, each homering early in Grapefruit League play.
  • The Mets received another injury scare when Jon Niese began complaining of a sore shoulder, prompting the team to send him to New York for an MRI. That came back clean, and Niese climbed back on a mound for a bullpen session Monday.
  • We profiled Noah Syndergaard, Daniel Murphy and Jeurys Familia. On Syndergaard, whose size and strength have earned him the nickname “Thor,” high school coach David Walden told the story of a pitcher who went from unrecruited to famous in the span of four months:

“We don’t even have kids that can play catch with him anymore,” Walden said. “We’re not taking credit for it because we have no idea what happened.”

  • And, finally, columnist Anthony Castrovince made his way to Mets camp, talking to David Wright, Zack Wheeler and others about the direction of the franchise.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/25

One more day of workouts before Thursday’s intrasquad game and Friday’s Grapefruit League opener.

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What we learned: David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud will all participate in next month’s Las Vegas exhibitions against the Cubs, but Daniel Murphy will not. … Terry Collins still expects to be ejected next year, probably more than once.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“That would be like the ultimate jinx.” –Fifth-starter candidate John Lannan on apartment hunting in New York City before making the team

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