Results tagged ‘ Eric Young ’

Three Up, Three Down: Subway Series at Citi edition

Two games, no runs.

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Wednesday: Yankees 4, Mets 0
Three Up: Rafael Montero, Daniel Murphy, Jose Valverde
Three Down: David Wright, Anthony Recker, Curtis Granderson

Thursday: Yankees 1, Mets 0
Three Up: Jacob deGrom, Ruben Tejada, Juan Centeno
Three Down: David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Eric Young

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +6
Jon Niese +6
Daniel  Murphy +5
Dillon Gee +3
Ike Davis +2
Anthony Recker +2
Andrew Brown +1
Juan Centeno +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Jacob deGrom +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Rafael Montero +1
Bobby Abreu -1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Chris Young -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Scott Rice -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Carlos Torres -2
Curtis Granderson -3
Jose Valverde -3
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Eric Young, Jr. -5

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A DiComotorial: Free Lagares!

Twelve days ago, shortly after Juan Lagares’ return from the disabled list, Mets manager Terry Collins called him his “everyday” center fielder. The statement came as Lagares was in the midst of an 8-for-20 run at the plate in Denver, entrenching himself as the team’s early-season MVP.

That stretch ended when Collins benched Lagares on May 5, part of his plan to cycle all four of his outfielders in a regular rotation. Fine. Collins did not bench Lagares again for another week, but then he did so again two days later. Then again Thursday, keeping his “everyday” center fielder out of the lineup for the third time in four games.

No doubt Lagares is scuffling a bit, batting .185 with a .541 OPS in nine games since leaving Colorado. But he still entered Thursday’s play ranking third on the Mets in batting average, second in slugging and third in on-base percentage. According to both the systems used by Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, his Wins Above Replacement total ranks top three on the team.

When asked about benching Lagares, Collins typically discusses the spark that Eric Young is capable of delivering from the lineup’s leadoff spot. And it is true that the Mets own a far better record in games that Young has started than they do in all others.

But little in the underlying numbers suggests that is uniquely Young’s doing. The outfielder plays above-average defense, but nothing approaching Lagares’ premium level. He has scored 28 runs in 35 games, but that is largely because of his gaudy plate appearance total and the fact that those at-bats have mostly come directly in front of the Mets’ two best hitters, Daniel Murphy and David Wright. Young’s .336 on-base percentage ranks 104th in baseball; his .672 OPS is 172nd. Most of the production that Young has achieved is cumulative — a result of his playing time, not an argument in favor of it. He is 28 years old and has already been designated for assignment once in his career.

The one area in which Young has unquestionably excelled — baserunning — is an asset that Collins could best use off the bench. With Young at his disposal in the seventh or eighth inning, Collins could routinely dispatch him in the highest-leverage baserunning situations possible.

At the least, the manager must make good on his promise to play all four of his outfielders — not bench the one with the most potential to remain part of this team four years from now. Chris Young, another right-handed hitting outfielder, entered Thursday’s play with a .233/.298/.407 slash line — including a .292 on-base mark against right-handed pitching. Lagares’ production on both sides of the ball has been better.

There is a chance Lagares is not a good enough hitter to play every day in the big leagues. But considering that the potential does exist, why not find out now?

In talking about his closer situation Thursday, Collins said it is important that his players know and understand their roles when they arrive at the ballpark each day. As the “everyday” center fielder in name only, it is impossible for Lagares — a 25-year-old with as bright a future as any position player on the team — to know where he stands.

The Mets might be a better overall team if he did.

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Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 6

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 6, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1. Daniel Murphy, 1.4
2. Jon Niese, 0.8
3-(t). Juan Lagares, 0.6
3-(t). Eric Young, Jr, 0.6
5-(t). Zack Wheeler, 0.5
5-(t). David Wright, 0.5


25-(t). Kyle Farnsworth, -0.2
25-(t). Gonzalez Germen, -0.2
25-(t). Jenrry Mejia, -0.2
25-(t). Josh Satin, -0.2
29-(t). Omar Quintanilla, -0.3

29-(t). Jose Valverde, -0.3
31. John Lannan, -0.4
32. Ruben Tejada, -0.5

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Three Up, Three Down: Salvaging a win

On to the Subway Series we go. (P.S., yes that’s a picture of Matt Harvey with a puppy.

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Saturday: Phillies 5, Mets 4
Three Up: David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Dillon Gee
Three Down: Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud, Kyle Farnsworth

Sunday: Mets 5, Phillies 4
Three Up: Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada
Three Down: Jose Valverde, Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +6
Jon Niese +6
Dillon Gee +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Andrew Brown +1

Jeurys Familia +1
David Wright +1
Lucas Duda -1
John Lannan -1
Daisuke Matsuzaka -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Chris Young -1
Curtis Granderson -2
Scott Rice -2
Carlos Torres -2
Ruben Tejada -3
Kyle Farnsworth -4
Jose Valverde -4
Eric Young -4

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Mets 6, Phillies 1: Three Up, Three Down

You may be cold, but Jon Niese isn’t.

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Three Up
1. Jon Niese: He has a knack for pitching well in poor conditions. Niese said he spent plenty of time by the heaters in the dugout between innings, jamming his hands in his jacket pockets.

2. Daniel Murphy: A nice three-hit night for Murphy, whose stolen base streak remains alive thanks to a beneficial scorer’s ruling.

3. Ruben Tejada: If Tejada hits even a little bit, it will be a boon for the offense. Right now, he’s hitting a little bit.

Three Down
1. Eric Young: A 1-for-5 atop the order dragged Young’s on-base percentage down to  .315, and he flat-out dropped a foul fly ball off Chase Utley’s bat in the seventh.

2. David Wright: One of the most bizarre aspects of April for the Mets is the fact that they are winning — and winning often — without much meaningful offensive contributions from Wright. He was 0-for-5 with a double play in Tuesday’s win.

3. Daisuke Matsuzaka: This is a tough “Down” considering Matsuzaka pitched a scoreless inning, but walking the leadoff man is not a good habit.

Season Standings
Jon Niese +5
Juan Lagares +4
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Bobby Abreu +1
Andrew Brown +1
Travis d’Arnaud +1
Dillon Gee +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Omar Quintanilla +1
Carlos Torres +1

John Lannan -1
Daniel Murphy -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
David Wright -1
Chris Young -2
Kyle Farnsworth -3
Jose Valverde -3
Curtis Granderson -4
Eric Young -5

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Wins Above Replacement Leaders through Week 4

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 4, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1-(t). Juan Lagares, 0.5
1-(t). Zack Wheeler, 0.5
2-(t). Daniel Murphy, 0.4
2-(t) Anthony Recker, 0.4
2-(t). Eric Young, Jr., 0.4


27-(t). Gonzalez Germen, -0.2
27-(t). Josh Satin, -0.2
27-(t). Chris Young, -0.2

30. John Lannan, -0.4
31. Ruben Tejada, -0.5
32. Curtis Granderson, -0.6

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Three Up, Three Down: Frying Fish

From Saturday and Sunday, this may be more like Six Up, Six Down:

Saturday: Marlins 7, Mets 6
Three Up: Bobby Abreu, Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda
Three Down: Jenrry Mejia, Carlos Torres, Kyle Farnsworth

Sunday: Mets 4, Marlins 0
Three Up: Dillon Gee, Chris Young, Daniel Murphy

Three Down: Eric Young, Ruben Tejada, Curtis Granderson

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +4
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Bobby Abreu +1
Andrew Brown +1
Travis d’Arnaud +1
Dillon Gee +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Omar Quintanilla +1
Carlos Torres +1

John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Daniel Murphy -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Chris Young -2
Kyle Farnsworth -3
Jose Valverde -3
Curtis Granderson -4
Eric Young -4

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Mets 4, Marlins 3: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets are on pace for 92 wins.

Three Up
1. Curtis Granderson: You hit a walk-off, you get an “Up.” That’s the deal. Always has been. Always will be.

2. Omar Quintanilla: With respect to Kirk Nieuwenhuis and his rally-aiding double, Quintanilla came through with the game-tying hit on a heck of an at-bat. It’s even harder to have that kind of plate discipline when you play as infrequently as Quintanilla does.

3. Zack Wheeler: This is a tentative “Up,” because Wheeler knows he must be more efficient. Six innings in 110 pitches is not going to cut it for a Mets team still trying to find a back-end bullpen mix that works. But boy was Wheeler sharp when he needed to be.

Three Down
1. Chris Young: A tough 0-for-4 from Young, who had been showing real signs of light at the plate in recent days. Any offense from Young would be much-appreciated by the Mets.

2. Gonzalez Germen: Five straight outs followed by two straight homers. Germen easily could have been the losing pitcher in this game, had things not broken in the other direction.

3. Eric Young: This is a real tough “Down” to give, but Young easily could have been 0-for-4 had his third-inning single been ruled an error on the shortstop. Still, consider this a “Down” by default, because everyone else on the team deserved it even less.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +4
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Jenrry Mejia +2
Andrew Brown +1

Dillon Gee +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Omar Quintanilla +1
Carlos Torres +1
Lucas Duda -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Kyle Farnsworth -2
Curtis Granderson -3
Daniel Murphy -3
Jose Valverde -3
Chris Young -3
Eric Young -3

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Cardinals 3, Mets 0: Three Up, Three Down

It may be worry-time for an offense that is simply not clicking.

Three Up
1. Dillon Gee:
Give Gee credit for not cracking in the fourth inning, when the game easily could have spiraled out of control. After a so-so start to the season, Gee looks to be very much back on track.

2. Gonzalez Germen: Germen has developed into a real catch for the Mets, who have leaned on him in varying situations this season. His ability to pitch multiple innings has proven invaluable.

3. Eric Young, Jr.: On a night when the Mets struggled to hit with any shred of consistency, Young reached base twice. It was the best offensive night of any Met.

Three Down
1. David Wright: Wright punctuated his 0-for-4 night by striking out looking as the potential tying run in the ninth. We’ll chalk this one up to a rare offensive blip.

2. Curtis Granderson: The strikeouts are piling up for Granderson and so is every other type of out. His career-long slump now stands at 0-for-22.

3. Jose Valverde: If the Mets had any designs on mounting a comeback, Valverde dashed them by walking the leadoff man in the ninth and allowing a critical insurance run. Valverde has given up at least one run in five of his last six outings.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +3
Anthony Recker +3
Carlos Torres +3
Ike Davis +2
Jenrry Mejia +2
David Wright +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1

Dillon Gee +1
Gonzalez Germen +1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
Lucas Duda -1
Kyle Farnsworth -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Zack Wheeler -1

Chris Young -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Jose Valverde -3
Curtis Granderson -4
Daniel Murphy -4

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Mets 2, Cardinals 0: Three Up, Three Down

Mejia plus Rice plus Torres plus Farnsworth equals shutout.

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Three Up
1. Jenrry Mejia:
His health remains a big “if,” but Mejia is pitching dynamite ball. His career-long scoreless innings streak currently stands at 13 2/3.

2. Travis d’Arnaud: In addition to catching a shutout, d’Arnaud came through with two hits and an RBI at the plate. His offense finally seems to be turning a corner.

3. Ruben Tejada: Props to Tejada for two fine defensive plays. He’s still having a dreadful season, but perhaps Monday’s game was the start of something better.

Three Down
1. Curtis Granderson: The boos are growing louder every day. To Granderson’s credit, he is making no excuses.  But he’s now mired in an 0-for-21 funk.

2. Chris Young: After reaching base on an error in the sixth, Young nearly killed the Mets’ best rally when Yadier Molina caught him attempting to advance on a would-be wild pitch. He made the first out of the inning at third, a definite  baseball no-no.

3. Eric Young: This is a tough “Down,” considering Young finished 1-for-4 with a run scored. But he also left the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth, at a time when the Mets could have broken open the game.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +3
Anthony Recker +3
Carlos Torres +3
David Wright +3
Ike Davis +2
Jenrry Mejia +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1

Travis d’Arnaud -1
Lucas Duda -1
Kyle Farnsworth -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Zack Wheeler -1

Jose Valverde -2
Chris Young -2
Curtis Granderson -3
Eric Young, Jr. -3
Daniel Murphy -4

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