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Valdespin hooks on in NL East: a match made in heaven?

The Marlins on Friday signed fun-times infielder/outfielder Jordany Valdespin to a minor league deal (sans invitation to big league spring training). Seems like self-written destiny, doesn’t it? It was barely more than a year ago that Valdespin created a mini maelstrom by tweeting a (since-deleted) photo of himself in a Marlins cap.

He was, at the time, an employee of the Mets.

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It was not an isolated incident in terms of Valdespin’s comportment. Remember this? Or this? Or this? (So much for this, I suppose.)

Ah, memories.

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Mets 5, Cardinals 2: Three Up, Three Down

Turns out the Mets can score more than four runs in a game.

Three Up:
1. LHP Jon Niese: Niese spent the past week practicing his mechanics in front of a mirror, and it appears to have paid off. Neither of the two runs that Niese allowed was entirely his fault.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: How’s this for streaky: since snapping his 0-for-17 skid last Sunday, Niese has gone 11-for-17 with four doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. Consistency is overrated.

3. 3B David Wright: What a steady producer Wright has been this season. He has not carried the Mets like he did in the first half last year, but the Mets will be fine with that as long as he remains steady throughout the second half.

Three Down:
1. 1B Ike Davis: He’s 0-for-22 since manager Terry Collins gave him a vote of confidence in the cleanup spot, and Collins has only promised him a run of games there through this weekend. After that, things could get ugly.

2. OF Rick Ankiel: The Mets claimed they signed Ankiel for his defense, but the newcomer has now cost the Mets twice in three games. Thursday’s misplay may have partially been Jordany Valdespin’s fault, but as the center fielder, Ankiel needs to call him off.

3. OF Jordany Valdespin: Can we give Ike two down here? No? Then this down goes to Valdespin for the aforementioned foul ball and for his inexplicable bunt attempt in the seventh inning. His drag bunt was nice, but the other stuff outweighed it.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+5
RHP Matt Harvey, C John Buck, 3B David Wright
+4
IF Justin Turner
+3
OF Marlon Byrd

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeremy Hefner, OF Mike Baxter, 2B Daniel Murphy
+1
OF Juan Lagares, LHP Scott Rice, LHP Jon Niese
-1
C Anthony Recker, OF Lucas Duda, OF Rick Ankiel
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Jordany Valdespin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Dillon Gee

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-10
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 7, Braves 5: Three Up, Three Down

Terry Collins called this one the win of the year. It certainly felt that way for the Mets.

Three Up:
1. OF Jordany Valdespin: He makes so many mistakes throughout the course of a week, and yet it’s impossible to ignore this guy’s energy. Valdespin’s steal of second base was a critical play in the 10th inning, directly leading to the winning run.

2. 3B David Wright: A game-tying, ninth-inning home run against a guy who does not give up home runs? That was Captain America’s contribution to the win.

3. RHP Bobby Parnell: With all due respect to Jeurys Familia’s first career save, it was Parnell who entered with one out and the winning run on third base in the 10th. A popup and a groundout later, and the Mets were out of the jam.

Three Down:
1. RHP Shaun Marcum: A noted control expert, Marcum has now walked six batters in 10 innings this season. He is averaging five innings per start, which is taxing the bullpen and simply not getting it done.

2. 1B Justin Turner: Once again starting over Ike Davis, Turner finished with a rare 0-for-3 before giving way to a pinch-hitter. He entered the game with a .419 average in games that he started, versus a .143 mark coming off the bench.

3. RHP Brandon Lyon: Not a good day for the setup man, who coughed up the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, then needed Parnell’s help to avoid doing so again in the ninth. Lyon’s ERA is slowly creeping up near five.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+8
C John Buck
+4
3B David Wright
+3
RHP Matt Harvey

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Marlon Byrd, LHP Scott Rice, LHP Jon Niese, SS Ruben Tejada, INF Justin Turner
+1
RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Bobby Parnell
-1
RHP Scott Atchison, OF Lucas Duda
-2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Mike Baxter, C Anthony Recker, RHP Dillon Gee, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Brandon Lyon
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-6
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 7, Marlins 6: Three Up, Three Down

For the first time in some time, the Mets pull out a close one.

Three Up:
1. OF Jordany Valdespin: He had been slumping hard for the past few weeks, but all bets are off when Valdespin comes up in a pinch-hit situation. His three-run homer marked the sixth pinch-hit shot of his career, delivering a win for the Mets.

2. 3B David Wright: Only Wright knows how much his stiff neck is still bothering him, but it hardly seems to matter. He homered and finished with three hits in Wednesday’s game, also making a nifty barehanded play on defense in the seventh.

3. RHP Bobby Parnell: It says something about Parnell’s character that he was so angry the Mets did not use him in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s loss. Perhaps channeling a bit of that ire, retiring the Marlins on seven pitches in the ninth.

Three Down:
1. OF Lucas Duda: To be fair, it was a devilish hop. But Duda’s misplay in left field brought the Marlins back into the game, at a time when the Mets had grown relatively comfortable with his defense out there. He also struck out thrice, finishing 0-for-4.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: Murphy’s bat seems to be coming around again — this guy rarely slumps for long — but his glove cost the Mets in a ways that doesn’t show up in the box score. Murphy would be the first to admit he needed to glove Justin Ruggiano’s RBI single in the first.

3. RHP Dillon Gee: Simply put, Gee needs to pitch deeper into games. So far this season, he has not been the same pitcher who displayed genuine improvement across the board during the first half of 2012.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+8
C John Buck
+3
RHP Matt Harvey, INF Justin Turner, 3B David Wright

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Marlon Byrd, LHP Scott Rice, LHP Jon Niese, SS Ruben Tejada
+1
RHP Jeremy Hefner
-1
RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Lucas Duda
-2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Mike Baxter, C Anthony Recker, RHP Dillon Gee
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-6
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 7, Dodgers 3: Three Up, Three Down

JV1 FTW.

Three Up:
1. OF Jordany Valdespin: Say what you will about Valdespin’s shortcomings; he’s one fun player to watch. Valdespin’s walk-off grand slam was just the sixth in team history and the Mets’ first in 22 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

2. PH Mike Baxter: David Wright may have come up with the game-tying hit, but Baxter’s leadoff hit and hustle were the reasons why Wright was in that spot in the first place. He’s an ideal bat off the bench for the Mets.

3. OF Lucas Duda: It’s weird to see Duda ever have a non-Three True Outcomes plate appearance, but my scorebook insists that he singled and doubled in his first two at-bats. A return to normalcy came in the sixth, when Duda walked.

Three Down:
1. 1B Ike Davis: His single was nice, his walk was big, and he lined into a tough-luck out in his second at-bat. But Davis is still striking out far too much when it counts, including a big whiff with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: Not a bad game for Murphy, but he receives the “Down” for popping out with one out and the potential tying run on third base in the ninth. Wright later came through, but Murphy needs to get that run home.

3. RHP Matt Harvey: I’m not putting Harvey here because I think his performance was bad. I’m putting him here because he does. That’s the beauty of this guy — he wants to be great, and isn’t satisfied with merely adequate. Same goes for us here at Three Up, Three Down.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+8
C John Buck
+3
RHP Matt Harvey, 2B Daniel Murphy

+2
INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Marlon Byrd
+1
LHP Jon Niese, 3B David Wright, OF Collin Cowgill, LHP Robert Carson
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Dillon Gee, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Brandon Lyon, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Lucas Duda
-2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Jordany Valdespin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-5
LHP Josh Edgin
-6
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 2, Nationals 0: Three Up, Three Down

Taking two of three from the Nationals seems a fine way for the Mets to start this nine-game homestand.

Three Up:
1. C John Buck: Once again, Buck came through when no one else could, hitting a booming home run into the second deck in left-center and also making a fine throw on defense. He and Matt Harvey have been the club’s clear April MVPs.

2. LHP Scott Rice: Begrudge him for creating the eighth-inning jam if you will, but Rice continues generating outs when he needs them most. His double play ball on a 3-0 fastball to Jayson Werth was the biggest pitch of Sunday’s game.

3. RHP LaTroy Hawkins: What a pitch by Hawkins to escape the sixth-inning drama that Dillon Gee created. Ninety-two miles per hour on the black sounds about right.

Three Down:
1. OF Lucas Duda: Three strikeouts looking, the last two of them on 3-2 fastballs. Duda may need to take a tip from SNY’s Keith Hernandez and be a little more aggressive in those counts.

2. OF Jordany Valdespin: Another tough “Down” for Valdespin, but he has cooled considerably following a hot start. Valdespin is now in an 0-for-8 mini-slump.

3. 1B Ike Davis: Davis did single Sunday, but the Mets are not paying him to single. Only one strikeout from Davis, but the power hitting needs to start surfacing.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+8
C John Buck
+4
RHP Matt Harvey

+3
OF Marlon Byrd, 2B Daniel Murphy
+2
INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins
+1
LHP Jon Niese, 3B David Wright, OF Collin Cowgill
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Dillon Gee, OF Mike Baxter, RHP Jeremy Hefner
-2
RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Lucas Duda
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Jordany Valdespin
-4
LHP Josh Edgin

-5
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 7, Nationals 1: Three Up, Three Down

“Harvey’s better,” say the fans at Citi Field. At least on this night, he certainly was.

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: Geeked up from the start, Harvey hit 98 miles per hour on the stadium radar gun, also mixing in his slider and changeup with ease. There’s no question that through four starts, he has been the most dominant pitcher in baseball.

2. 1B Ike Davis: Davis received a smattering of boos after striking out swinging in each of his first two at-bats. All he did after that was hit two home runs, quite literally turning the boos into cheers.

3. OF Lucas Duda: Not to be outdone by Davis, Duda contributed his own two-homer game, nearly adding a third on his shot to the warning track in the third. Duda ranks second in the Majors with a 1.234 OPS.

Three Down:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: Murphy’s errant flip on a potential double-play ball in the seventh inning not only caused a minor injury to Ruben Tejada, but also created a bases-loaded, no-outs jam for Harvey. It’s a play that Murphy knows he needs to make.

2. SS Ruben Tejada: Tejada was the only Mets regular who did not reach base against Stephen Strasburg, finishing 0-for-4 and hitting the ball in the air three times. Keeping the ball out of the air was a point of emphasis for him in spring training.

3. OF Jordany Valdespin: This is a tough-luck “Down” for Valdespin, who finished 0-for-4 but did reach on an error and score a run. Valdespin’s outfield routes were not perfect today, but he did not make any egregious mistakes.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
C John Buck
+4
RHP Matt Harvey

+3
OF Marlon Byrd, 2B Daniel Murphy
+1
LHP Jon Niese, INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, 3B David Wright
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Dillon Gee, OF Mike Baxter, OF Lucas Duda
-2
RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Jordany Valdespin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 1B Ike Davis
-4
LHP Josh Edgin

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Rockies 11, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets just hit a new Rocky Mountain low.

Three Up:
1. 3B David Wright: A nice offensive game for Wright, who redirected two balls up the middle for RBI singles. Wright is — and has always been — at his best when he’s hitting to right and center field.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: Murphy continues to display a lack of range at second base, but that’s excusable as long as his offensive production is high. It was Thursday, when he singled and doubled in four at-bats, scoring twice.

3. SS Ruben Tejada: Good for Tejada. So maligned for his defense all season long, Tejada made a sensational throw to rob Troy Tulowitzki of a hit in the third inning, proving that his defensive prowess still exists.

Three Down:
1. LHP Josh Edgin: Edgin’s inability to record outs is growing into a legitimate problem. He’s struggling against left-handed and right-handed batters alike.

2. RHP Scott Atchison: When a reliever faces three batters and does not record an out, it’s not a good thing. Atchison had been solid all season until Thursday, so perhaps this is merely a blip.

3. OF Jordany Valdespin: Two hits are nice, but Valdespin’s fielding error directly contributed to the Rockies’ third run, which loomed huge at the time. He needs to improve his outfield reads, because right now he is costing the Mets runs on a near-daily basis.

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

+3
RHP Matt Harvey, OF Marlon Byrd
+1
LHP Jon Niese, INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, 3B David Wright
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Dillon Gee, OF Mike Baxter, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Jordany Valdespin
-2
RHP Greg Burke, OF Lucas Duda
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
-4
1B Ike Davis, LHP Josh Edgin

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Rockies 8, Mets 4: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets must regret losing this game, the first half of a day-night doubleheader. They simply let it slip away.

Three Up:
1. 3B David Wright: This was an easy one. Wright’s two home runs (to right and center) were the only reason the Mets had a chance to win until the eighth inning; he now has 10 homers in 30 career games at Coors Field.

2. LHP Scott Rice: Nice job by Rice to induce a double-play ball in a key spot in the sixth. Though Rice later walked two batters, he did the job the Mets asked him to do.

3. RHP LaTroy Hawkins: Similar deal as Rice, striking out the only batter he faced to escape a jam. We give middle relievers plenty of grief when they don’t come through in these spots, so it’s time for a little credit when they do.

Three Down:
1. RHP Dillon Gee: Tough day for Gee, who battled frigid conditions and extra rest on the mound, showcasing an uncharacteristic lack of control. That’s two poor outings in a row for Gee.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: More distressing than Murphy’s 0-for-3 was the lack of range he displayed at second base, allowing Todd Helton’s critical two-run single in the fifth inning to squirt through to right field.

3. RF Jordany Valdespin: Leading off, Valdespin finished 0-for-5. Playing right field, he gave up extra bases on Chris Nelson’s double in the sixth inning and Eric Young’s RBI triple in the eighth — both of them playable balls.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
C John Buck

+3
RHP Matt Harvey, 2B Daniel Murphy
+2
OF Marlon Byrd

+1
LHP Jon Niese, INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Dillon Gee
-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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