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Mets 9, D-backs 0: Three Up, Three Down

This one was over before it began.

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Three Up
1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 
What more could the Mets want from Nieuwenhuis in his first game as Juan Lagares’ replacement? Starting in center, Nieuwenhuis finished with three hits, a home run, three RBI and two fine catches on defense.

2. Eric Young, Jr: Young has quietly developed into a sparkplug atop the Mets’ order. He rapped out three more hits Tuesday, scored twice, drove in two runs and probably would have stolen a base, had the Mets not been leading by a significant margin.

3. Jenrry Mejia: It would have been interesting to see how deep into the game Mejia might have gone if not for the blister that knocked him out after five. Before that, Mejia had been cruising with five shutout innings.

Three Down
1. Lucas Duda: You know it’s a good day for the Mets when one of the team’s worst performers still reaches base, drives in a run and scores. That was Duda’s contribution, among the lightest on the team.

2. David Wright: Man, was it difficult to choose “Downs” for this game. I don’t particularly care for Wright’s haircut, which I’ve let him know on multiple occasions. This is what he gets.

3. Kyle Farnsworth: That’s for letting up two line drives! Which were both caught. I really may have to rethink this exercise.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Jon Niese +2
Anthony Recker +2
Carlos Torres +2
Andrew Brown +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis +1

Dillon Gee -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Lucas Duda -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Daniel Murphy -4

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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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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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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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Nationals 5, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

Loss, loss is not the way the Mets wanted to open the season.

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Three Up
1. Juan Lagares: Give this guy props — sure, it’s only two games, but Lagares has hit for the cycle over that span while serving as the Mets’ best player. He won’t be this good all year, but if he’s even remotely close to it, he’ll be fun to watch.

2. Gonzalez Germen: Sure, he began his season by giving up back-to-back doubles and throwing a run-scoring wild pitch. But Germen recovered to retire his next six in a row with three strikeouts, showing glimpses of what make him an important relief arm for the Mets this year.

3. David Wright: Wright’s first at-bat was the epitome of the type of hitter he is. With a runner on third and one out, Wright poked an outside curveball into right field, coming through with a sacrifice fly. At the time, it gave the Mets the lead.

Three Down
1. Curtis Granderson: Granderson finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and is now 0-for-9 with five whiffs on the season. After striking out to end the sixth, Granderson drew boos from the scattered fans in attendance.

2. Josh Satin: Given the start at first base against a left-hander, Satin finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Producing against lefties is his only ticket to consistent playing time.

3. Travis d’Arnaud: One of several hitless Mets through two games, d’Arnaud is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts. He whiffed once and grounded out twice in Wednesday’s game.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +2
Andrew Brown +1
Gonzalez Germen +1
Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
Curtis Granderson -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Josh Satin -1
Eric Young, Jr. -1

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Nationals 9, Mets 7: Three Up, Three Down

You asked for it, you got it: the return of Three Up, Three Down. Each day, we here at Mets Cetera will pick three Mets players who thrived and three who, well, not so much.

This is not necessarily a statistically-driven exercise. The player who goes 4-for-4 with three home runs (or the one who mashes a two-run homer in a four-run game with two outs in the ninth — looking at you, David Wright) will usually receive an “Up,” to be sure. But we’ll also look to reward unsung heroes. So without further ado…

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Three Up
1. Jose Valverde: A huge strikeout of Ryan Zimmerman with the game on the line in the seventh, followed by a perfect inning with two more whiffs in the eighth. In all, a sterling Mets debut.

2. Juan Lagares: Given an Opening Day start in center field, Lagares homered, reached base three times and flat-out out-played Eric Young, Jr., his main competition in Spring Training.

3. Andrew Brown: Brown’s three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg was a huge early lift for the Mets, whose failure to capitalize later in the game was hardly the reserve outfielder’s fault.

Three Down
1. Eric Young, Jr.: Finishing 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the leadoff spot (albeit with a sacrifice fly) is not going to cut it. Young must improve if he wants ample playing time this season.

2. Scott Rice: Carlos Torres was just as guilty as Rice, walking the only batter he faced in the game. But Rice’s walk came with the bases loaded and the Mets up by a run, earning him the thumbs down today.

3. Bobby Parnell: Called upon to protect a one-run lead, Parnell gave up two hits, a walk and a run. The velocity was there, but the results were not.

Season Standings
Andrew Brown +1
Juan Lagares +1
Jose Valverde +1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Eric Young, Jr. -1

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Wright candid on Mets’ offensive potential

I spoke to David Wright recently for a Mets.com season preview, which you can read here. After asking Wright about the young pitching in camp, I posed a question about the club’s offensive potential. I found his response rather candid and interesting:

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“The offensive side’s tough because we haven’t really all been in the lineup at the same time, whether it’s injuries or position battles or whatever’s going on,” Wright said. “But I like what I see so far. I think the offense is usually a little behind the pitching in Spring Training, but I like the fact that we — knock on wood, made it through for the most part healthy, and we’re going to have our horses in the lineup come Opening Day.

“We’re going to need guys to go out there and do what they’re capable of doing. We’re not going to be able to achieve our goals with guys having par or sub-par years. We’re not that good offensively. We have the opportunity to really lean on our pitching and be a good offensive team — good enough to win — but we’re not built to necessarily go out there and out-slug teams and win a lot of games 12-10 or 15-12. We’re going to really need to lean on the pitching, and the offense is going to have to do what we’re supposed to do.

“I don’t think there’s any team out there that can say we can go out there and just be par and expect to accomplish the goals we set out to do. That’s not a knock against our offense, it’s just that this is the way the team is built — it’s built on great pitching. We have a good offense, but like I said, we can’t go out there and out-slug teams on a nightly basis, whereas other teams are better-equipped to do that.

“We’re going to need to play good defense. We’re going to need to get good pitching. We’re going to need to steal some bases. We’re going to need to kind of play some small-ball and be a good situational-hitting team, rather than the way some teams are built where you can sit back and play for a couple three-run home runs. We’re not necessarily built that way and the park we play in isn’t really built to do that. So our offensive philosophy has to be a little different than some other teams that maybe play in some smaller ballparks or that have big-time home run threats up and down their lineup.”

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/13

Things are starting to get hectic for the Mets. Many of them will skip Friday’s game, taking an afternoon flight bound for the glitz of Las Vegas. Once they return, it will be coming up on crunch time.

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What we learned: Noah Syndergaard is still really, really good at pitching.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“I have been preparing, expecting myself to be in that position.” –Daisuke Matsuzaka on his chances to win the fifth starter’s job

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Mets Cetera programming note

I’m back in New York City for the weekend, enjoying a break from Port St. Lucie’s sunshine and mid-70s temperatures. Expect a return to regular updates next week; in the interim, Marty Noble wrote a humorous account of today’s “B” game starring David Wright, Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese and Bobby Parnell.

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