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Mets 5, D-backs 2: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets swept the Snakes to complete a 6-3 road trip through Atlanta, Anaheim and Phoenix.

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Three Up
1. Dillon Gee: 
I wish Terry Collins had given Gee an opportunity for a “Maddux” — a complete game in less than 100 pitches. Gee was well on his way to one through seven shutout innings, with just 72 pitches.

2. Anthony Recker: Given far more opportunities than he received a year ago, Recker has done nothing but produce. Both his offense and defense appear much-improved over last season.

3. Eric Young, Jr.: Young remains hot, with another hit, a walk, two stolen bases and a run scored Wednesday. He is making a believer out of those people — myself included — who considered him a poor fit for everyday leadoff duties.

Three Down
1. Jose Valverde: Back-to-back homers to open an inning, even in a non-save situation, are never good things for a closer. Valverde’s last two outings have both been real struggles.

2. Kirk Nieuwenhuis: One day after his explosive season debut, Nieuwenhuis settled back to earth with an 0-for-4 afternoon. He is the leading candidate to return to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday when the Mets activate Chris Young from the disabled list.

3. Kyle Farnsworth: This is a more legitimate “Down” than yesterday, though Farnsworth did paint the inside corner with a nice pitch to retire Eric Chavez in the eighth, wriggling out of a jam of his own making.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Anthony Recker +3
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Jon Niese +2
Carlos Torres +2
Andrew Brown +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Kyle Farnsworth -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Jose Valverde -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Eric Young, Jr. -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Lucas Duda -2
Ruben Tejada -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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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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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/26

One more game in Florida, then it’s on to Canada for the Mets.

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What we learned: Jose Valverde made the Opening Day roster. Vic Black did not.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“I didn’t see it coming, but I also couldn’t expect anything different, really. What I did was struggle all spring.” –Black on his demotion

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Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, 3/11

It’s been nearly a month since we last projected the Mets’ Opening Day roster, and a few things have changed (including yesterday’s first round of cuts). First, a refresher on the rules:

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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.
  • For our purposes, any healthy player in big league camp will be considered in the running for a roster spot. So someone like Noah Syndergaard, who is not realistically competing for a rotation spot in Spring Training, will still be listed.
  • This list will be updated throughout the next two months based upon player acquisitions, injuries, Grapefruit League performances and comments from management.

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:
1B/OF Lucas Duda
OF Juan Lagares
1B/3B Josh Satin
1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Anthony Seratelli*
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
LHP Jon Niese

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

Bullpen:
RHP Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP Jose Valverde*
RHP Kyle Farnsworth*
RHP Vic Black
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Scott Rice

Injured:
RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Jeremy Hefner

In the running:
C Taylor Teagarden*, C Juan Centeno, INF Wilmer Flores, INF Zach Lutz, INF Eric Campbell*, INF Brandon Allen*, INF Omar Quintanilla*, OF Andrew Brown, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Matt Clark*, RHP Jacob deGrom, RHP Ryan Reid, RHP Jeff Walters, RHP Joel Carreno*, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Miguel Socolovich*, RHP Noah Syndergaard*, RHP Cory Mazzoni*, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Gonzalez Germen, LHP John Lannan*.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

Notes:
The first round of cuts made the bullpen picture significantly clearer. Lefties Josh Edgin and Jack Leathersich are no longer candidates, turning John Lannan into a legitimate relief option. But until we see him in that role in a game, I’ll keep my original bullpen projection intact. I’ll admit it’s a shaky one, considering how underwhelming Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth have been so far in Grapefruit League play. … The only other change comes on the bench, where I now have Juan Lagares making the team instead of playing every day at Triple-A Las Vegas. The outfield battle between Lagares and Eric Young, Jr. is still very much unresolved.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/19

It’s been an abnormally quiet camp so far for the Mets, and barring an Ike Davis trade or a Stephen Drew signing in the near future, it’s liable to stay that way. That’s just fine for the Mets, who are peacefully going about their business in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The remaining position players not yet in camp must report by the end of Thursday, in advance of the first scheduled full-squad workout Saturday. Other than that, it’s status quo.

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What we learned: Fully healthy for the first time in years, Daisuke Matsuzaka began his offseason workout program in mid-October. Matsuzaka is the early front-runner for the Mets’ fifth starter’s job. … Nothing has changed on the Stephen Drew front. Don’t expect the Mets to sign him unless his price comes down significantly.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“I’m on vacation.” –Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon, explaining why he did not wish to speak to the media

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/16

Pitchers and catchers took their physicals Sunday, in preparation of the team’s first official workout Monday.

What we learned: Matt Harvey is going to have a tough go of it this spring, rehabbing while the rest of his teammates participate in more extensive workouts. Harvey said it took him a while to come to grips with having Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow.

What they said: “You can’t curl up in a corner and just pretend it didn’t happen. I remember that first day. My main reaction was disappointment. But while it’s not like I was expecting it to happen, I wasn’t shocked that it happened.” –Assistant GM John Ricco on Harvey’s injury

What we wrote: “Harvey recovers while Mets prepare for season”; “Young pitchers look to Valverde for veteran leadership”; “Mets will wear patch to honor Kiner in 2014″

What we saw: Harvey showed up and discussed his rehab from Tommy John:

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What’s next: Pitchers and catchers will participate in their first official workout Monday at Tradition Field. Position players need not report until Feb. 20.

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Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, 2/14

With one day until Mets pitchers and catchers officially report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., it’s time to update the Mets’ Opening Day roster projection. Manager Terry Collins shed some light on several areas in his state of the team address Friday morning, but first, a few notes:

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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.
  • For our purposes, any healthy player in big league camp will be considered in the running for a roster spot. So someone like Noah Syndergaard, who is not realistically competing for a rotation spot in Spring Training, will still be listed.
  • This list will be updated throughout the next two months based upon player acquisitions, injuries, Grapefruit League performances and comments from management.

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:
1B/OF Lucas Duda
OF Andrew Brown
1B/3B Josh Satin
1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Anthony Seratelli*
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
LHP Jon Niese

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

Bullpen:
RHP Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP Jose Valverde*
RHP Kyle Farnsworth*
RHP Vic Black
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Scott Rice

Injured:
RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Jeremy Hefner

In the running:
C Taylor Teagarden*, C Juan Centeno, C Kevin Plawecki*, INF Wilmer Flores, INF Zach Lutz, INF Wilfredo Tovar, INF Eric Campbell*, INF Danny Muno*, INF Brandon Allen*, INF Omar Quintanilla*, OF Juan Lagares, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Cesar Puello, OF Dustin Lawley*, OF Corey Vaughn*, OF Brandon Nimmo*, OF Matt Clark*, RHP Jacob deGrom, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Ryan Reid, RHP Jeff Walters, RHP Chase Bradford*, RHP Joel Carreno*, RHP John Church*, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Miguel Socolovich*, RHP Noah Syndergaard*, RHP Cory Mazzoni*, RHP Logan Verrett*, RHP John Lannan*, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Gonzalez Germen, LHP Josh Edgin, LHP Steven Matz, LHP Adam Kolarek*, LHP Jack Leathersich*.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

Notes:
It sounds like both Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth are front-runners to make the bullpen, which comes as no surprise. To make room, I bumped Josh Edgin to the Minors, leaving the Mets with just one lefty reliever. All it will take for Edgin to make the team, however, is a strong Grapefruit League showing. … Collins spoke at length about the value of having a fifth starter with experience, which was enough for me to give Daisuke Matsuzaka the nod over Jenrry Mejia. But as in the bullpen, this job is wide open. … I also moved Anthony Seratelli onto the bench over Omar Quintanilla due to Collins’ comments Friday, and kept Juan Lagares in the Minors. Collins affirmed yet again today that Eric Young, Jr., has a leg up on making the starting lineup over him.

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Looking at relievers? The Mets are, too.

Among the nuggets general manager Sandy Alderson dropped in a phone interview earlier this week was the fact that the Mets expect to sign a veteran reliever to a Major League deal — not a Minor League deal, as they plan to do to fill out their the rotation.

Luckily for us, the Brewers are in the same position, and MLB.com beat reporter Adam McCalvy has already come up with this comprehensive list of veteran relievers with closing experience — something important, though not necessarily essential to a Mets team still trying to figure out what Bobby Parnell can provide post-surgery.

Below is McCalvy’s list, along with his primers on each one. You may recognize many of the names, including David Aardsma, Luis Ayala, Frank Francisco, Brandon Lyon, Jon Rauch and Francisco Rodriguez:

David Aardsma (69 career saves): The 32-year-old Aardsma had a nice comeback with the Mets last season after rehabbing from July 2011 Tommy John surgery. He made 43 appearances with a 4.31 ERA. But he has not been a closer since he saved 38 games in 2009 and 31 games in 2010 for the Mariners.

Luis Ayala (19 saves): He logged nine of his saves for the Mets in 2008 and has only one save since then, but has been a steady big league reliever since bouncing between three teams in a dismal 2010. Over the past three seasons, Ayala has made 157 appearances for the Yankees, Orioles and Braves with a 2.58 ERA and a solid ground ball rate. He spent time on the disabled list last season because of an anxiety disorder and turns 36 next week, but is seeking a Major League contract.

Andrew Bailey (89 saves): Non-tendered by the Red Sox in December, Bailey is the first of the comeback candidates on this list. He made 30 appearances and logged eight saves before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery shortly after the All-Star break, the latest of a series of medical concerns that have dogged his career. Bailey probably will not be healthy by the start of the season.

Grant Balfour (72 saves): He is the best closer left on the market and the most familiar name on this list because Balfour briefly pitched for the Brewers in 2007. The price tag is a big problem. The 36-year-old, who has posted an ERA of 2.59 or better in four straight seasons, agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Orioles before Christmas, but it reportedly fell apart when Baltimore had concerns about Balfour’s shoulder. He insists he is healthy.

Rafael Betancourt (74 saves): The right-hander, 39 in April, was to undergo Tommy John surgery in September in attempt to save his career. He probably will have to wait until his age 40 season in 2015 to give it a try.

Manny Corpas (34 saves): Corpas preceded Betancourt as Rockies closer, but has not logged a save since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. He pitched for the Cubs in 2012 before returning to the Rockies in 2013 for 31 appearances and a respectable 1.344 WHIP. The Rockies outrighted Corpas from the 40-man roster in October.

Octavio Dotel (109 saves): Missed most of the 2013 season with a right elbow injury. As of last check in September, Dotel was trying to avoid Tommy John surgery and planned to pitch in winter ball, but has not appeared in any box scores.

Kyle Farnsworth (54 saves): Farnsworth turns 38 on April 14 and his fastball velocity has come down a bit in the last three years, but he finished last season strong for the Pirates (one run on six hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in nine appearances) and would be available on a one-year deal. MLB Trade Rumors reported last week that six to eight clubs have some interest in Farnsworth, who saved 25 games with a 2.18 ERA for Tampa Bay in 2011.

Frank Francisco (73 saves): The former Rangers, Blue Jays and Mets closer missed most of 2013 recovering from an elbow injury. The season before, he made $5.5 million and had a 5.53 ERA.

Michael Gonzalez (56 saves): He signed with the Brewers for 2012, was well-liked by teammates and led the club with 75 appearances, but allowed a.274 average against left-handed hitters and a 1.035 opponents’ OPS after the All-Star break. The Brewers are not interested in bringing Gonzalez back.

Kevin Gregg (177 saves): Gregg signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs in April after the Dodgers released him, and eventually helped Chicago overcome Carlos Marmol’s struggles. He logged 33 saves with a 3.48 ERA in 62 games, including two saves and one blown save against the Brewers. The Brewers have been linked to Gregg before.

Joel Hanrahan (100 saves): Another rehabber. Hanrahan, traded from the Pirates to the Red Sox in December 2012, underwent Tommy John surgery in May and reportedly will throw for teams in Spring Training to try to find a job.

Brandon Lyon (79 saves): The 34-year-old right-hander has a pair of 20-save seasons on his ledger, but has been a setup man since 2010. He made 37 appearances for the Mets last season with a 4.98 ERA and was released in July. His average fastball velocity fell from 90.2 mph in 2012 to 87.8 mph in 2013, according to data from FanGraphs.com.

Ryan Madson (52 saves): A shutdown setup man turned quality closer for the Phillies, Madson has not pitched since 2011. He signed with the Reds for 2012, but needed Tommy John surgery in Spring Training, then signed with the Angels for 2013, but never made it to the mound.

Carlos Marmol (117 saves): He was all but run out of Wrigley Field, but Marmol is only 31 (of pitchers on this list, only Bailey and Corpas are younger) and could be a good fit for a Brewers team willing to take a flier. He was very close in Chicago with Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who is entering the final season of his contract with Milwaukee and is represented by the same agent, Paul Kinzer. He was still throwing a 93.7 mph average fastball in 2013, when Marmol made 52 appearances for the Cubs and Dodgers with a 4.41 ERA, including a 2.53 ERA in 21 regular season games with the Dodgers. Melvin and Kinzer met at the Winter Meetings to discuss Marmol.

Brett Myers (40 saves): A serious elbow injury limited Myers to four appearances with the Indians in 2013, but he is looking to pitch in 2014, according to reports.

Jon Rauch (62 saves): The Brewers explored signing the 6-foot-11 right-hander last winter, but he went to the Marlins and posted a 7.56 ERA in 15 games before being released in May.

Fernando Rodney (172 saves): Life is good when a 37-save, 3.38 ERA season qualifies as a “down year,” but such is life after Rodney’s remarkable 2012 campaign. The fact he is seeking a multiyear deal probably puts him out of the Brewers’ price range.

Francisco Rodriguez (304 saves): The Brewers have already acquired K-Rod twice; in a trade with the Mets the night of the 2011 All-Star Game, and via a Minor League free agent contract last April. Rodriguez made it back to Milwaukee and helped stabilize the bullpen, posting a 1.09 ERA in 25 games before Melvin dealt him to the Orioles for third base prospect Nicky Delmonico. Rodriguez, who turned 32 on Tuesday, is represented by Scott Boras. Another return is quite possible; Melvin said he’s talked to Boras about Rodriguez this winter.

Jose Valverde (286 saves): Thirty-six in March, it appears Valverde’s best days are behind him. He pitched to a 5.59 ERA in 20 appearances for the Tigers last season before the team released him in August.

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