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Mets 3, Cardinals 2: Three Up, Three Down

Crazy game. Crazy garbage wind tornado.

Three Up
1. Jon Niese: 
Really nice start by Niese, who wasn’t as flashy as Michael Wacha but was a whole lot more efficient. He’s quietly been the Mets’ best starter since returning from the disabled list.

2. Travis d’Arnaud: In addition to reaching base three times, d’Arnaud saved the game for the Mets with his swipe tag on Matt Carpenter at the plate. A tough tag, and a good one.

3. Lucas Duda: The offense needed thump, and Duda provided it. The way this lineup is going, any home run is good enough for an “Up” right now.

Three Down
1. David Wright: Another 0-for-4 and three more strikeouts. As hot as Wright was earlier this month, he’s suddenly just as cold.

2. Kyle Farnsworth: Though Farnsworth ultimately earned the save, he needed Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada and d’Arnaud to bail him out with perfect execution on a relay. Farnsworth gave up as many hits (three) as he recorded outs.

3. Carlos Torres: IfI were managing, I would have kept Daisuke Matsuzaka in for at least the eighth inning, and maybe the ninth. As it was, Terry Collins turned to Torres, who struggled with two hits in 2/3 innings.

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

Dillon Gee +1
Gonzalez Germen +1
David Wright +1

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

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Three Up, Three Down: The Lost Episodes

Another round of Three Up, Three Down from over the weekend:

Friday: Braves 6, Mets 0
Three Up: Jon Niese, David Wright, Carlos Torres
Three Down: Chris Young, Gonzalez Germen, Curtis Granderson

Saturday: Braves 7, Mets 5
Three Up: Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Chris Young
Three Down: Jose Valverde, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Curtis Granderson

Sunday: Mets 4, Braves 3
Three Up: David Wright, Lucas Duda, Daisuke Matsuzaka
Three Down: Chris Young, Eric Young, Gonzalez Germen

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +3
Anthony Recker +3
Carlos Torres +3
David Wright +3
Ike Davis +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Lucas Duda -1
Kyle Farnsworth -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Chris Young -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Curtis Granderson -2
Ruben Tejada -2

Jose Valverde -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
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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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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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/27

What we learned: Jon Niese still appears on track to pitch April 6.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“We’re not going to be able to go achieve our goals with guys having par or sub-par years. We’re not that good offensively. –David Wright

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/25

What we learned: Jenrry Mejia could make the Mets on a technicality, with the team concerned about Jon Niese’s health … both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will be on the Opening Day roster.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Performances matter. I think last year was a small sample. This year is an almost equal sample, so I think we have to take everything into account. We’re not ignoring Spring Training performance.” –General manager Sandy Alderson on Vic Black

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Your (unofficial, but accurate) Mets rotation

Though the Mets haven’t released it, we know enough now to cobble together the team’s season-opening rotation:

Monday, March 31 vs. Nationals: Dillon Gee
Tuesday, April 1: Off day
Wednesday, April 2 vs. Nationals: Bartolo Colon
Thursday, April 3 vs. Nationals: Zack Wheeler
Friday, April 4 vs. Reds: Jenrry Mejia or Daisuke Matsuzaka
Saturday, April 5 vs. Reds: Dillon Gee
Sunday, April 6 vs. Reds: Jon Niese
Monday, April 7: Off day
Tuesday, April 8 @ Braves: Bartolo Colon
Wednesday, April 9 @ Braves: Zack Wheeler

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/24

The countdown to Opening Day is down to six.

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What we learned: A lot, actually. Jon Niese felt no pain after his first bullpen session since undergoing an MRI on his left shoulder. Kyle Farnsworth will re-sign with the Mets. Matt Harvey will headquarter his rehab in New York, not Florida. Dillon Gee will pitch Opening Day. And the Mets have hired an assistant hitting coach.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“It’s a big honor obviously for them to trust me with that day and give that to me. I’m very thankful for that opportunity.” –Gee on his Opening Day start

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Projecting the Opening Day roster, 3/24

With the latest round of cuts in place, here’s an updated roster projection. First, a rules refresher:

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  • The following takes into account only those players under Major or Minor League contract with the Mets. We will not speculate on trades or free agent signings in this space… so no Stephen Drew or Nick Franklin.
  • For our purposes, any healthy player in big league camp will be considered in the running for a roster spot.

Without further ado:

Lineup:
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Curtis Granderson
CF Chris Young
1B Ike Davis

C  Travis d’Arnaud

SS Ruben Tejada

Bench:
OF Juan Lagares
OF Andrew Brown
1B Lucas Duda

INF Josh Satin
INF Omar Quintanilla*
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
RH
P Dillon Gee
RHP Bartolo Colon
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka*

Bullpen:
RHP Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP Jose Valverde*

RHP Vic Black
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Scott Rice
LHP John Lannan*

Injured:
RHP LHP Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, RHP Jeremy Hefner

In the running:
C Taylor Teagarden*, INF Eric Campbell*, INF Anthony Seratelli*, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Gonzalez Germen.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

Notes:
It’s really getting down to crunch time now, with only 31 healthy players left in camp. The only change comes on the bench, where I moved Omar Quintanilla onto the roster over Anthony Seratelli. Neither backup infield candidate is hitting this spring, but Seratelli has committed four errors while Quintanilla has been solid with the glove. … I still don’t see Jenrry Mejia making the team over Daisuke Matsuzaka, particularly after Terry Collins expressed concern over the weekend regarding Mejia’s low innings total last summer. … Andrew Brown should be on the team only until Jon Niese is ready to return from injury April 6.

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Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, 3/18

With the latest round of cuts in place, here’s an updated roster projection. First, a rules refresher:

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  • The following takes into account only those players under Major or Minor League contract with the Mets. We will not speculate on trades or free agent signings in this space… so no Stephen Drew or Nick Franklin.
  • For our purposes, any healthy player in big league camp will be considered in the running for a roster spot.

Without further ado:

Lineup:
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Curtis Granderson
CF Chris Young
1B Ike Davis

C  Travis d’Arnaud

SS Ruben Tejada

Bench:
OF Juan Lagares
OF Andrew Brown
1B/OF Lucas Duda

1B/3B Josh Satin
1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Anthony Seratelli*
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
RH
P Dillon Gee
RHP Bartolo Colon
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka*

Bullpen:
RHP Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP Jose Valverde*

RHP Vic Black
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Scott Rice
LHP John Lannan

Injured:
RHP LHP Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, RHP Jeremy Hefner

In the running:
C Taylor Teagarden*, INF Wilmer Flores, INF Zach Lutz, INF Eric Campbell*, INF Omar Quintanilla*, OF Andrew Brown, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Miguel Socolovich*, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Gonzalez Germen, LHP John Lannan*.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

Notes:
The Mets are down to 40 players in camp, which is saying something considering they began with 64. … Though Jon Niese has no structural damage in his elbow, there’s a decent chance the Mets push him back from his Opening Day start. If he spends the first few games of the year on the disabled list, that would free up the Mets to use a six-man bench to open the year, clearing a spot for Andrew Brown or Wilmer Flores. I chose Brown, giving the Mets a bit more outfield depth. I also have John Lannan making the bullpen, where he can step into the rotation if Niese suffers a setback.

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