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Mets 4, Twins 2: Three Up, Three Down

This Harvey kid is really something, ain’t he?

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: In merely his 13th career start, Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh, finishing with eight innings of one-run ball. In short, he was incredible.

2. DH Justin Turner: Give Turner credit: he makes the most of his opportunities. Three times Turner has appeared in the starting lineup this season, and twice he has recorded three hits.

3. OF Marlon Byrd: Props to Byrd, whose leadoff homer in the fourth inning extended the Mets’ home run streak to 11 consecutive games to start the season. Was not expecting that.

Three Down:
1. RHP Bobby Parnell: Finally, a save opportunity! Though Parnell nailed it down with two strikeouts, he also gave up two hits and a run first. Next time, the margin may be slimmer and he’ll need to be sharper.

2. 1B Ike Davis: Moments after his only hit of the afternoon, Davis was gunned down trying to stretch it into a double. It’s been that kind of early season for him.

3. OF Lucas Duda: Though catcher John Buck went 0-for-4, it’s tough to mark him as a “Down” when he also called Harvey’s gem. Instead it goes to Duda, who went 0-for-2 and was again subbed out on defense.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
C John Buck
+4
2B Daniel Murphy

+3
RHP Matt Harvey
+2
OF Marlon Byrd

+1
OF Jordany Valdespin, LHP Jon Niese, INF Justin Turner
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Aaron Laffey, 3B David Wright, RHP Bobby Parnell
-2
LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Greg Burke, OF Lucas Duda
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
-4
1B Ike Davis

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Phillies 7, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

Remember this game? That’s pretty much what happened at Citizens Bank Park tonight.

Three Up:
1. C John Buck: Buck now has five home runs in eight games this season. Mets catchers combined for five home runs in 162 games last season. They’ll take the offensive boost.

2. CF Jordany Valdespin: Leading off, Valdespin rapped out three hits and saved starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner from further damage with his shoestring catch in the third. But it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Valdespin, who also struck out with the bases loaded and was caught stealing for the first time this season.

3. OF Lucas Duda: Both of Duda’s two home runs were rockets, as was his first-inning double. If this is the beginning of a breakout from Duda, the Mets will certainly take it.

Three Down:
1. RHP Jeremy Hefner: The first six batters to face Hefner all reached base. Five of them scored. It’s hard to recover from that.

2. 3B David Wright: Wright is 0-for-8 over his last two games, striking out twice Wednesday (including in the first inning, when his whiff left Valdespin out to dry on the base paths). The Mets did well earlier this season without significant production from Wright, but now they need him to produce.

3. 1B Ike Davis: At what point does this become a significant concern? Another 0-for-4 has Davis batting .129 with one home run. Considering what happened last year, it has to be a worry.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+5
C John Buck
+3
2B Daniel Murphy

+2
LHP Jon Niese, RHP Matt Harvey
+1
OF Mike Baxter, OF Marlon Byrd, OF Jordany Valdespin
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Aaron Laffey
-2
LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Greg Burke, 3B David Wright
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 1B Ike Davis

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Mets 7, Phillies 2: Three Up, Three Down

Matt Harvey was excellent. Roy Halladay not so much. In case you didn’t already know.

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: For the second time this season, Harvey was not just good; he was dominant. Nine strikeouts in seven innings highlighted his outing, but Harvey also held the Phillies to three hits. He has allowed four hits and one run all season.

2. C John Buck: The man is an offensive machine. Not many right-handed hitters in baseball have the power to park a ball as far up the right-field stands as Buck did in the second inning. Buck has also caught both of Harvey’s gems this season.

3. 2B Daniel Murphy: He is driving the all with authority to all fields these days, something the Mets did not necessarily expect considering he missed most of the spring with an intercostal strain. Murphy finished 2-for-4, reaching base three times.

Three Down:
1. OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: Batting leadoff, Nieuwenhuis went 0-for-3 before giving way to a pinch-hitter in the sixth. He also broke back on Humberto Quintero’s hit in the third inning; had he read the ball correctly, Nieuwenhuis easily would have recorded the out.

2. LHP Josh Edgin: There is an argument to be made that Edgin, who appeared in four of the Mets’ first six games, had no business entering a six-run game in the eighth. Alas, usage patters are not his fault. The double and run against him is.

3. 1B Ike Davis: A botched defensive play led to a run in the fourth inning, then Davis committed a fielding error in the sixth. Combined with his 1-for-5 at the plate, it was not a spectacular day at the office.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+3
C John Buck

+2
LHP Jon Niese, RHP Matt Harvey, 2B Daniel Murphy
+1
RHP Dillon Gee, INF Justin Turner, RHP Jeremy Hefner, OF Mike Baxter, OF Marlon Byrd
-1
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeurys Familia, 3B David Wright, RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Lucas Duda, LHP Aaron Laffey
-2
1B Ike Davis, LHP Josh Edgin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

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Marlins 7, Mets 5: Three Up, Three Down

That one got away from them quickly. Here are three reasons why, and three reasons why not:

Three Up:
1. RHP Jeremy Hefner: Once again, the Mets received a strong outing from their starting pitcher, leaning on Hefner for six innings of one-run ball. This loss was hardly Hef’s fault.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: His three-run homer in the seventh proved that yes, as a matter of fact, the Mets did still have an offensive pulse. Murphy later grounded out with the tying runs on base, but we can’t hold that against him because he put the Mets in that position in the first place. Murphy saved another run with a nice defensive play in the ninth.

3. OF Jordany Valdespin: He was picked off first base once, nearly doubled off the bag twice, and took a horrific route to Giancarlo Stanton’s two-base hit in the ninth. But Valdespin did rap out two hits, steal a bag, reach base four times and draw an eight-pitch walk to set up Murphy’s homer. This is the least we can do for Valdespin, who was also plunked by the baseball twice (ouch).

Three Down:
1. SS Ruben Tejada: Tejada’s fielding error in the seventh inning opened the floodgates for the Marlins, who scored five runs in the inning. It was Tejada’s third error in four games. Somewhere, John Dewan shed a tear.

2. RHP Greg Burke: Of course, Tejada’s error would have been a footnote had Burke recovered to limit the damage. He didn’t, walking the next batter and allowing four runs (one earned) in 0.1 innings.

1B Ike Davis: Here we go again? Davis grounded into a double play (again), struck out (again) and finished 0-for-4 (again). He was robbed of a hit in the fifth inning, but stats are stats: he’s now 1-for-16 on the season.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+1
OF Collin Cowgill
, LHP Jon Niese, RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Dillon Gee, C John Buck, INF Justin Turner, RHP Jeremy Hefner, 2B Daniel Murphy
-1
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeurys Familia, 3B David Wright, SS Ruben Tejada, 1B Ike Davis
-2
RHP Greg Burke

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Mets 8, Padres 4: Three Up, Three Down

Another game with lots of positives tonight for the Mets. But alas, in this space, only three players can be up and three must be down:

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: He would be Three Up all by himself if it were not against the rules. But we’re a stickler for rules here, so Harvey goes +1 with a dominant seven-inning, one-hit, 10-strikeout performance.

2. OF Lucas Duda: Coming into the game, Duda had four home runs in 215 career at-bats against left-handers. He made that five in 215 with his two-run shot off Clayton Richard, adding a double and a walk later in the game.

3. 1B Ike Davis: The more impressive offensive stat line belonged to John Buck, but Davis sorely needed to snap his 0-for-the-season in Game 2. He did so with an absolute bomb, scraping the Shea Bridge with his two-run shot in the fifth.

Three Down:
1. SS Ruben Tejada: He struck out twice and hit two lazy flys in four hitless at-bats, then committed a throwing error in the ninth for good measure. Not good for a guy who spent his spring concentrating on hitting line drives and ground balls.

2. RHP Greg Burke: Burke relieved Harvey and gave up hits to the first two batters he saw — that’s twice as many as Harvey allowed all night, for those keeping track. To be fair, Burke did recover after that, generating consecutive ground balls to limit the damage to one run.

3. RHP LaTroy Hawkins: Same deal. Two straight hits to start the ninth, but recovered until Tejada’s error led to two more unearned runs. Say this about Burke and Hawkins: at least they didn’t walk anyone.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+1 OF Collin Cowgill
+1 LHP Jon Niese
+1 RHP Matt Harvey
+1 OF Lucas Duda
-1 OF Jordany Valdespin
-1 OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
-1 RHP Greg Burke
-1 RHP LaTroy Hawkins

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Mets 11, Padres 2: Three Up, Three Down

Going to try a new segment here for the 2013 season: Three up, Three down. We’ll take a look each day at three players who shined, and three who did not.

So without further ado, here are Three Up, Three down for the Mets’ Opening Day win over the Padres:

Three Up:
1. OF Collin Cowgill: Given plenty of rope as the center field starter, Cowgill doubled and scored in the fourth inning and hit his first career grand slam in the seventh. He said the day would have been better if he had not also struck out twice; we at Mets Cetera will not be nearly so critical.

2. LHP Jon Niese: 6 2/3 innings, two earned runs, four strikeouts, two walks. It was a solid-if-not-spectacular outing for Niese, who made it shine by going 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI at the plate.

3. SS Ruben Tejada: Tejada finished 2-for-4, doubling home a run in the second inning in what manager Terry Collins called the  most important at-bat of the game. That was even more critical considering it was Tejada, who hit .096 this spring.

Three Down:
1. 1B Ike Davis: Here we go again? Davis finished 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, the only person in the starting lineup (pitcher included) not to reach base at least twice.

2. PH Jordany Valdespin: The Mets put Valdespin in a dream situation, allowing him to bat with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning of a five-run game. He responded by beating the first pitch he saw into the ground for a rally-killing fielder’s choice.

3. OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: To be fair, Nieuwenhuis does not really deserve to be on this list. But he struck out looking in his only at-bat, and no other Met did much of anything wrong in the blowout. So apologies to Kirk, but life’s not fair.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+1 OF Collin Cowgill
+1 LHP Jon Niese
+1 SS Ruben Tejada
-1 1B Ike Davis
-1 OF Jordany Valdespin
-1 OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

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Scenes from the Mets’ first full-squad workout

The Mets held their first full-squad workout today in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The day in pictures:

Daniel Murphy, Jordany Valdespin and Ike Davis participate in fielding drills while manager Terry Collins looks on.

Daniel Murphy, Jordany Valdespin and Ike Davis participate in fielding drills while Terry Collins looks on.

Mets infielders line up for fielding drills.

Mets infielders line up for fielding drills.

Travis d’Arnaud warms up his arm:

 

Sandy Alderson, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz watch the day's proceedings.

Sandy Alderson, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz watch the day’s proceedings.

Josh Edgin throws a bullpen session:

 

Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey throwing in tandem.

Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey throwing in tandem.

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Auction to benefit Shannon Forde ends Wednesday

Some pretty cool auction items still remain at CharityBuzz, with proceeds benefiting Mets staffer Shannon Forde, who is battling Stage IV breast cancer. Check out the full list here, but remember: these auctions all end Wednesday afternoon.

Available items are:

  • Two tickets to “Saturday Night Live” plus a backstage tour of the set
  • Private hitting lesson with Ike Davis, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Private pitching lesson with Dwight Gooden, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Four tickets to “Wicked,” plus a backstage tour and VIP passes
  • Two tickets to “The Book of Mormon” and dinner at NoBu
  • Meet Howie Rose and the WFAN radio crew, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Meet Keith Hernandez and the SNY television crew, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Two tickets to “Phantom of the Opera” plus brunch at Tribeca Grill
  • Meet Terry Collins, sit in on his press conferences, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Be the Mets team photographer for a day
  • Super Bowl XLVI Flip Card autographed by Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning
  • Four tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters plus a team-signed ball

Auction items for Shannon Forde still available

Auction items to benefit Mets staffer Shannon Forde, who is battling Stage IV breast cancer, are still available. Some great packages will be on the block until Dec. 19. Fans can bid on them here: http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/Shannon.

Items include:

  • A private hitting lesson from Mets first baseman Ike Davis
  • Saturday Night Live tickets and a backstage tour
  • A private pitching lesson from Mets great Dwight Gooden

And many more.

Ike Davis to receive Munson award

From the Munson Awards:

New York Yankees pitching ace CC Sabathia and New York Mets slugging first baseman Ike Davis will be honored at the 33rd Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner on Tuesday night, February 5, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, it was announced today by the AHRC New York City Foundation.
 
Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend her 33rd straight benefit, having been involved since its inception, raising nearly $12 million to assist children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success on the fields of play and philanthropic works off the field.

For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner call 212-249-6188.

Sabathia, a veteran of 12-year major league seasons, is a six time All-Star, Cy Young Award recipient and key member of the Yankees 2009 World Championship team. In 2012, Sabathia was 15-6 for the Yankees with a 3.38 ERA, threw 200 innings or more for sixth consecutive season, and has one of the most durable arms in baseball. He has a 9-5 record (.643) in post-season play, and earned his first 20-win season in 2010 as a Yankee.

CC and his wife, Amber, co-founded the “PitCCh In Foundation,” designed to enrich the lives of inner city youth through various community outreach, sports and educational programs. “PitCCh In has three signature programs: the All Star Baseball Clinic, the Youth Backpack Program and the Christmas Caravan.
 
Over the last few years, the foundation has been responsible for numerous programs in the New York Tri-State area and Vallejo, CA  including: the distribution of over 10,000 thousand back to school backpacks for low income children; the redevelopment of the North Vallejo Little League baseball complex where CC played as a child; raising of funds for the JCC Therapeutic Nursery in New Jersey; an ongoing commitment to the Boys and Girls Club of America.

CC was recently inducted into the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame (2012), and has been working in the community to assist families hit the hardest by Hurricane Sandy.
 
Each holiday season, CC and Amber embrace the role of playing secret Santa on both coasts. They host a annual holiday party at the MLB Fan Cave in Manhattan for youth from the Boys and Girls Club. On the West coast, CC and Amber return to their hometown of Vallejo, CA for additional days of giving back to families in need and the community
 
Davis is the son of a Thurman teammate, pitcher Ron Davis, so the Munson Award takes on added significance. “When I told my dad that I was being honored at the Thurman Munson Dinner he was thrilled,” said Ike. “My dad and Thurman played together for two years and he always told me he was the fiercest competitor he ever played with during his career. My dad always told me that no one wanted to win more than Thurman Munson. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to meeting his family.”
 
Davis burst on the scene as a rookie with the Mets in 2010. His 19 home runs and 71 RBI were among the best rookie numbers in team history. After missing most of 2011 due to injury, Davis led the Mets with 32 home runs last season, while knocking in 90 runs, second to David Wright’s 93 RBI.

Davis hosts an annual charity event with the proceeds going to Solving Kids’ Cancer (SKC) and the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. Davis lost his childhood friend, Mike Lio, to Ewing’s Sarcoma and has devoted his philanthropic efforts to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Davis also participates in the Mets Amazin’ Calls program which connects players with fans who have Amazin’ stories. The Mets call children and adults who have displayed heroic acts of courage, are committed to community service, are overcoming health challenges, or other deserving individuals.

The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.
 
The list of notable athletes to previously receive the Munson Award reads like a sports “Who’s Who,” and includes: Yankees: Yogi Berra, Don Mattingly, Mariano Rivera, Willie Randolph, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Robby Cano, Bernie Williams, Bobby Murcer, Joe Torre, Joe Girardi, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira; Mets: Tom Seaver, John Franco, Darryl Strawberry, Mike Piazza, Ron Darling, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Keith Hernandez, Rusty Staub, Gary Carter and RA Dickey; and such icons as Muhammed Ali, Arthur Ashe, Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, “Dr. J” Julius Erving, and Sen. Bill Bradley.

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