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Kevin Long breaks down Mets hitters

New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long spoke at length this morning, offering his take on several Mets hitters. Read the story on Mets.com, but also check out these bonus takes:

20150228_084340On Curtis Granderson: “When I’ve seen Curtis — and I’ve seen him at a very high level — he’s able to get on base. He’s able to drive the ball. And certainly the top of the order, those guys are going to get more at-bats throughout the year. Let’s say he hits sixth. He’d probably lose 70, 80 at-bats to the guy who hits leadoff. So do you want your best hitters and the guys who get on base the most? Certainly you do. There’s some other options, so that’s not etched in stone, but we’ll say how this plays out. Terry’s ultimately is going to have the final say-so on that. But Curtis has done it before. He’s capable of doing it. So we’ll just see how it plays out.

“Obviously we’ve worked on a few things, and we’re going back to the blueprint of when he was with the Yankees. There are a couple minor things that we’re working on. One is getting his hands into a consistent position, and just getting him to feel the consistency he had, the shortness to the ball, obviously the compact swing that he had, the explosiveness — it’s all in there. It’s just a matter of going back, kind of going through the video, getting together, trying some things in the cages and seeing if we can gain on it. And I think we have. I think he feels good about his work that he’s done in the offseason, and now coming into Spring Training — it’s not that we’re gaining momentum anymore, it’s more about staying where he’s at now.

On Juan Lagares: “Juan’s talented. I’ve noticed that and I’m excited about this player. He’s got a nice demeanor about him. He’s confident. Obviously he’s going to have to hone in on the strike zone and kind of take these chases and these swings out of the zone, and be able to lay off some pitches, and determine what’s a pitch that he can do damage to. And if he can’t, certainly laying off is going to do what? It’s going to increase his on-base percentage. I think with Juan, it’s more about, ‘Can we maximize his ability to get on base?’ So he’s got some work to do.

“There’s drills you can do. There’s a lot of vision stuff. And I’ll use Robinson Cano as an example because he’s the guy who sticks out, but we really paid attention to what he was swinging at, talking about his ‘A’ swing, talking about doing damage to the ball, talking to him about, ‘Today, you swung at seven pitches out of the zone. Let’s see if we can get that number down to four a day.’ And then all of the sudden, the four turns into two.’ Instead of trying to get there all at once, you gradually get there. So we’ll do strike zone stuff where we’ll say, ‘Okay, let’s just swing at pitches middle-away. Anything in, take it, instead of trying to cover the whole strike zone and expand it.’ You can do that early and you can do that in plus counts, and a lot of times that we’ll help as well.

“He’s got a good swing and he’s always had the ability to get hits. He finds a way. I think he hit .285, which the Major League average is .250, so he’s 35 points up there. What we’re looking at is, ‘What is his on-base?’ It’s probably .315, .320. If we can get that number up to .350, .360, you’ve gain on it quite a bit.”

On David Wright: “He’s a tough one for me to kind of give you an honest evaluation of. I wasn’t here. I didn’t live it. I didn’t see it. I couldn’t see his face. I didn’t know what kind of workload he was able to do or not able to do. So in David’s case, certainly I can tell you that if I’ve got a shoulder issue and I need to get extension, at some point it’s going to pinch. And it’s going to hurt. So if you saw him cutting off his swing and not getting through baseballs or not driving the ball, you can put two and two together and say they probably had something to do with it.”

On Travis d’Arnaud: “It’s funny because when I looked at Travis and I looked at him early on, it was almost like the competitiveness was out of him. The athlete, he was thinking too much. He wasn’t trusting his ability, and probably what had gotten him to the big leagues. Maybe he didn’t know if he could compete at this level. I think when he went back to Triple-A, he said, “You know what, I’m going to go back to the way I hit.’ And one of those things was getting on the plate. Getting on the plate certainly helped him a great deal. I could see his confidence level rise, I could see his swing start to come together, and really I’ve done very little with Travis — almost nothing, other than keep his confidence level up and his spirits up, and let him know that what you did last year when you came back was enough, and it was terrific.”

On Lucas Duda: “He’s well aware that he needs to work. And all lefty-on-lefty stuff is, or righty-on-righty stuff, it’s angles. So we’ll get different angles and we’ll get the ball coming from this angle a lot more than this angle. Obviously he’s had some success [against right-handed pitchers]. He’s had some success [against lefties] in the Minor Leagues. So it’s here. He can do it. When he’s able to swing, we’ll get back to doing some lefty-on-lefty stuff, and see if we can’t get him a little bit more consistent there. Obviously we’re talking about a 30-home run guy. There’s not many of those in the Major Leagues. So the more that we can get Lucas in the lineup, the better off we’ll be.

“Using the whole field certainly will get that average where it needs to be. But Lucas, if I’m not mistaken, I think he has power to all fields. Certainly we’ve seen more to the pull side, and most hitters are going to have more power to the pull side, but this something that Lucas has done in the past. He’s been able to drive the ball to all fields. So I’m sure some of our attention will go to that, and we’ll see if maybe we can get that average to elevate just a little bit.”

On Bartolo Colon: “Bartolo’s got some work to do [laughing]. He’s not too vested in putting that much time into getting his swing where it needs to be. He said he had two hits last year, and I said, ‘How about four hits this year?’ And he said, ‘How about three?’ That’s where we’re at with Bartolo.”

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Mets WAR leaders, end of season

Highest and lowest Mets WAR scores in 2014, according to the web sites Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1. Juan Lagares, 3.8
2. Lucas Duda, 3.3
3. Jacob deGrom, 3.0
4. Daniel Murphy, 2.6

5. Bartolo Colon, 2.1

41-(t). John Lannan, -0.4
41-(t). Omar Quintanilla, -0.4

41-(t). Scott Rice, -0.4
44. Chris Young, -0.6
45. Gonzalez Germen, -0.7

Baseball Reference
1. Lagares, 5.5
2. Duda, 3.7
3. deGrom, 3.1

4. David Wright, 2.8
5. Murphy, 2.0

40-(t). Juan Centeno, -0.3
40-(t). Josh Satin, -0.3
42-(t). Lannan, -0.4
42-(t). Rice, -0.4

44. Bobby Abreu, -0.6
45. Jose Valverde, -0.8

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Three Up, Three Down: Three series to go edition

That means it’s 27 Up, 27 Down to go.

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Monday: Marlins 6, Mets 5
Three Up: Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores, Travis d’Arnaud
Three Down: Jeurys Familia, Dilson Herrera, Jenrry Mejia

Tuesday: Mets 9, Marlins 1
Three Up: Wilmer Flores, Bartolo Colon, Ruben Tejada
Three Down: Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker

Wednesday: Marlins 4, Mets 3
Three Up: Lucas Duda, Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Ruben Tejada, Bobby Abreu

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +14
Jon Niese +8

Bartolo Colon +7
Travis d’Arnaud +7
Daniel Murphy +6
Lucas Duda +5
Zack Wheeler +5

Josh Edgin +3
Dillon Gee +3
Buddy Carlyle +2

Ike Davis +2
Matt den Dekker +2
Dana Eveland +2
Juan Lagares +2
Eric Campbell +1

Kirk Nieuwenhuis +1
Anthony Recker +1

Bobby Abreu -1
Wilmer Flores -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Vic Black -2

Gonzalez Germen -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Dilson Herrera -3
Curtis Granderson -4
Carlos Torres -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -5
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -10
David Wright -10

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Three Up, Three Down: Rocky Mountain High edition

“We’re pretty excited about it, to be honest,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of his team’s sudden September ascension in the Wild Card standings.

shakeshackMonday: Mets 3, Rockies 2
Three Up: Jon Niese, Curtis Granderson, Wilmer Flores
Three Down: Vic Black, Dilson Herrera, Matt den Dekker

Tuesday: Mets 2, Rockies 0
Three Up: Jacob deGrom, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares
Three Down: Jenrry Mejia, Eric Campbell, Wilmer Flores

Wednesday: Mets 2, Rockies, 0
Three Up: Rafael Montero, Carlos Torres, Eric Young
Three Down: Travis d’Arnaud, Curtis Granderson, Wilmer Flores

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +13
Daniel Murphy +8
Bartolo Colon +7
Jon Niese +7

Zack Wheeler +6
Travis d’Arnaud +5
Lucas Duda +5

Josh Edgin +3
Dillon Gee +3
Juan Lagares +3
Eric Campbell +2
Buddy Carlyle +2

Ike Davis +2
Dana Eveland +2
Matt den Dekker +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis +1
Vic Black -1
Erik Goeddel -1

Dilson Herrera -1
John Lannan -1
Daisuke Matsuzaka -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Gonzalez Germen -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -4

Curtis Granderson -4
Carlos Torres -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -9
David Wright -10

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Mets WAR leaders through Week 22

Highest and lowest Mets WAR scores through Week 22, according to the web sites Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1. Juan Lagares, 3.5
2. Daniel Murphy, 3.1
3. Lucas Duda, 2.5
4. Bartolo Colon, 2.3
5-(t). Jacob deGrom, 1.8
5-(t). David Wright, 1.8

36-(t). Four players tied, -0.4
40. Rafael Montero, -0.5

41. Chris Young, -0.6
42. Gonzalez Germen, -0.7

Baseball Reference
1. Lagares, 5.2
2. Duda, 3.2
3. Wright, 2.5
4. Murphy, 2.3
5. deGrom, 2.2

36-(t). Four players tied, -0.4
40. Montero, -0.5
41-(t). Bobby Abreu, -0.8
41-(t). Jose Valverde, -0.8

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Three Up, Three Down: Dilson edition

The sun sets at Citi Field, but rises on young Dilson Herrera’s career.

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Friday: Mets 4, Phillies 1
Three Up: Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia, Eric Campbell
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Dilson Herrera

Saturday: Phillies 7, Mets 2
Three Up: David Wright, Matt den Dekker, Dilson Herrera
Three Down: Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, Daisuke Matsuzaka

Sunday: Mets 6, Phillies 5
Three Up: Anthony Recker, Wilmer Flores, Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Three Down: Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares, Jeurys Familia

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +11
Daniel Murphy +8
Bartolo Colon +7
Lucas Duda +7
Jon Niese +7
Zack Wheeler +6
Buddy Carlyle +4

Eric Campbell +3
Travis d’Arnaud +3
Josh Edgin +3
Ike Davis +2
Matt den Dekker +2
Dana Eveland +2
Dillon Gee +2
Juan Lagares +2
Jeurys Familia +1
John Lannan -1
Daisuke Matsuzaka -1
Rafael Montero -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Wilmer Flores -2
Gonzalez Germen -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Curtis Granderson -5
Scott Rice -5
Carlos Torres -5
Eric Young, Jr. -7
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -9
David Wright -10

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Three Up, Three Down: Bravo, Bravo Edition

Tuesday: Mets 3, Braves 2
Three Up: Dillon Gee, Juan Lagares, Jeurys Familia
Three Down: Eric Young, Eric Campbell, Lucas Duda

Wednesday: Braves 3, Mets 2
Three Up: Zack Wheeler, Buddy Carlyle, Wilmer Flores
Three Down: Ruben Tejada, Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda

Thursday: Braves 6, Mets 1
Three Up: Jon Niese, Carlos Torres, Lucas Duda
Three Down: David Wright, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +10
Lucas Duda +9
Bartolo Colon +8
Daniel Murphy +8
Jon Niese +7
Zack Wheeler +6
Buddy Carlyle +4

Travis d’Arnaud +3
Josh Edgin +3
Juan Lagares +3
Eric Campbell +2
Ike Davis +2
Dana Eveland +2
Jeurys Familia +2
Dillon Gee +2
Matt den Dekker +1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Rafael Montero -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
Gonzalez Germen -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Curtis Granderson -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Carlos Torres -5
Eric Young, Jr. -7
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -9
David Wright -11

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Three Up, Three Down: 90210 Edition

Randy Newman obviously never played for the Mets.

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Friday: Dodgers 6, Mets 2
Three Up: Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Eric Campbell
Three Down: Wilmer Flores, Carlos Torres, Rafael Montero

Saturday: Dodgers 7, Mets 4
Three Up: Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy
Three Down: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Curtis Granderson

Sunday: Mets 11, Dodgers 3
Three Up: Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Travis d’Arnaud
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Eric Campbell, Juan Lagares

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +10
Lucas Duda +10
Bartolo Colon +8
Daniel Murphy +8
Jon Niese +6
Zack Wheeler +5
Travis d’Arnaud +4
Eric Campbell +3
Buddy Carlyle +3
Josh Edgin +3
Juan Lagares +3
Ike Davis +2
Dana Eveland +2
Matt den Dekker +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Dillon Gee +1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Rafael Montero -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
Gonzalez Germen -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Curtis Granderson -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Carlos Torres -6
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Ruben Tejada -8
Chris Young -8
David Wright -10

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Three Up, Three Down: Things Unraveling

Monday: Giants 4, Mets 3
Three Up:
Daniel Murphy, Juan Lagares, Josh Edgin
Three Down: Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia, Curtis Granderson

Tuesday: Mets 6, Nationals 1
Three Up:
Zack Wheeler, Daniel Murphy, Jeurys Familia
Three Down: Lucas Duda, Eric Campbell, Ruben Tejada

Wednesday: Nationals 7, Mets 1
Three Up:
Buddy Carlyle, Daniel Murphy, Juan Lagares
Three Down: Jon Niese, Carlos Torres, Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Thursday: Nationals 5, Mets 3
Three Up:
Vic Black, Daniel Murphy, Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Three Down: David Wright, Juan Lagares, Carlos Torres

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +11
Lucas Duda +9
Daniel Murphy +8
Bartolo Colon +6
Jon Niese +5
Zack Wheeler +4
Buddy Carlyle +3
Dana Eveland +3
Juan Lagares +3
Ike Davis +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Dillon Gee +2
Vic Black +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Wilmer Flores -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
Curtis Granderson -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
Carlos Torres -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
David Wright -6
Eric Young, Jr. -7
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -10

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Three Up, Three Down: Wraparound series edition

Friday: Giants 5, Mets 1
Three Up:
 Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares, Vic Black
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Daniel Murphy

Saturday: Mets 4, Giants 2
Three Up:
 Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Eric Young

Friday: Giants 9, Mets 0
Three Up:
 Wilmer Flores, Buddy Carlyle, Curtis Granderson
Three Down: Bartolo Colon, Carlos Torres, David Wright

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +11
Lucas Duda +10
Bartolo Colon +6
Jon Niese +6
Daniel Murphy +4
Dana Eveland +3
Zack Wheeler +3
Buddy Carlyle +2
Ike Davis +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Dillon Gee +2
Juan Lagares +2
Eric Campbell +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Wilmer Flores -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
Carlos Torres -2
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
David Wright -5
Eric Young, Jr. -7
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -9

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