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Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 7

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 7, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1. Daniel Murphy, 1.5
2. Juan Lagares, 0.9
3-(t).David Wright, 0.5
3-(t). Eric Young, Jr, 0.5
5-(t). Five players tied, 0.3


31-(t). Eight players tied, -0.2
33-(t). Omar Quintanilla, -0.3

33-(t). Josh Satin, -0.3
35. John Lannan, -0.4
36. Ruben Tejada, -0.6

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Three Up, Three Down: Our nation’s capital

Two of three in DC, and back to New York the Mets go.

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Friday: Nationals 5, Mets 2
Three Up: Carlos Torres, Bobby Abreu, Josh Edgin
Three Down: Jon Niese, Curtis Granderson, Ruben Tejada

Saturday: Mets 5, Nati0nals 2
Three Up: Juan Lagares, Bartolo Colon, Eric Campbell
Three Down: Eric Young, Anthony Recker, Chris Young

Saturday: Nationals 6, Mets 3
Three Up: David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares
Three Down: Eric Young, Ruben Tejada, Zack Wheeler

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +8
Daniel  Murphy +5
Jon Niese +5
Dillon Gee +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Andrew Brown +1
Eric Campbell +1
Juan Centeno +1
Jacob deGrom +1
Josh Edgin +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Rafael Montero +1
Anthony Recker +1
David Wright +1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Carlos Torres -1
David Wright -1
Scott Rice -2
Chris Young -2
Zack Wheeler -2

Curtis Granderson -3
Jose Valverde -3
Ruben Tejada -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Eric Young, Jr. -7

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A DiComotorial: Free Lagares!

Twelve days ago, shortly after Juan Lagares’ return from the disabled list, Mets manager Terry Collins called him his “everyday” center fielder. The statement came as Lagares was in the midst of an 8-for-20 run at the plate in Denver, entrenching himself as the team’s early-season MVP.

That stretch ended when Collins benched Lagares on May 5, part of his plan to cycle all four of his outfielders in a regular rotation. Fine. Collins did not bench Lagares again for another week, but then he did so again two days later. Then again Thursday, keeping his “everyday” center fielder out of the lineup for the third time in four games.

No doubt Lagares is scuffling a bit, batting .185 with a .541 OPS in nine games since leaving Colorado. But he still entered Thursday’s play ranking third on the Mets in batting average, second in slugging and third in on-base percentage. According to both the systems used by Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, his Wins Above Replacement total ranks top three on the team.

When asked about benching Lagares, Collins typically discusses the spark that Eric Young is capable of delivering from the lineup’s leadoff spot. And it is true that the Mets own a far better record in games that Young has started than they do in all others.

But little in the underlying numbers suggests that is uniquely Young’s doing. The outfielder plays above-average defense, but nothing approaching Lagares’ premium level. He has scored 28 runs in 35 games, but that is largely because of his gaudy plate appearance total and the fact that those at-bats have mostly come directly in front of the Mets’ two best hitters, Daniel Murphy and David Wright. Young’s .336 on-base percentage ranks 104th in baseball; his .672 OPS is 172nd. Most of the production that Young has achieved is cumulative — a result of his playing time, not an argument in favor of it. He is 28 years old and has already been designated for assignment once in his career.

The one area in which Young has unquestionably excelled — baserunning — is an asset that Collins could best use off the bench. With Young at his disposal in the seventh or eighth inning, Collins could routinely dispatch him in the highest-leverage baserunning situations possible.

At the least, the manager must make good on his promise to play all four of his outfielders — not bench the one with the most potential to remain part of this team four years from now. Chris Young, another right-handed hitting outfielder, entered Thursday’s play with a .233/.298/.407 slash line — including a .292 on-base mark against right-handed pitching. Lagares’ production on both sides of the ball has been better.

There is a chance Lagares is not a good enough hitter to play every day in the big leagues. But considering that the potential does exist, why not find out now?

In talking about his closer situation Thursday, Collins said it is important that his players know and understand their roles when they arrive at the ballpark each day. As the “everyday” center fielder in name only, it is impossible for Lagares — a 25-year-old with as bright a future as any position player on the team — to know where he stands.

The Mets might be a better overall team if he did.

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Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 6

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 6, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1. Daniel Murphy, 1.4
2. Jon Niese, 0.8
3-(t). Juan Lagares, 0.6
3-(t). Eric Young, Jr, 0.6
5-(t). Zack Wheeler, 0.5
5-(t). David Wright, 0.5


25-(t). Kyle Farnsworth, -0.2
25-(t). Gonzalez Germen, -0.2
25-(t). Jenrry Mejia, -0.2
25-(t). Josh Satin, -0.2
29-(t). Omar Quintanilla, -0.3

29-(t). Jose Valverde, -0.3
31. John Lannan, -0.4
32. Ruben Tejada, -0.5

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Three Up, Three Down: Salvaging a win

On to the Subway Series we go. (P.S., yes that’s a picture of Matt Harvey with a puppy.

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Saturday: Phillies 5, Mets 4
Three Up: David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Dillon Gee
Three Down: Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud, Kyle Farnsworth

Sunday: Mets 5, Phillies 4
Three Up: Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada
Three Down: Jose Valverde, Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +6
Jon Niese +6
Dillon Gee +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Andrew Brown +1

Jeurys Familia +1
David Wright +1
Lucas Duda -1
John Lannan -1
Daisuke Matsuzaka -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Chris Young -1
Curtis Granderson -2
Scott Rice -2
Carlos Torres -2
Ruben Tejada -3
Kyle Farnsworth -4
Jose Valverde -4
Eric Young -4

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Three Up, Three Down: RISPy Business

Wednesday: Marlins 1, Mets 0
Three Up: Zack Wheeler, Jeurys Familia, David Wright
Three Down: Carlos Torres, Daniel Murphy, Juan Lagares

Friday: Phillies 3, Mets 2
Three Up: Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Curtis Granderson
Three Down: Josh Satin, Chris Young, Carlos Torres

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +7
Jon Niese +6
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Dillon Gee +2
Andrew Brown +1
Travis d’Arnaud +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Daniel Murphy +1
Curtis Granderson -1
John Lannan -1
Daisuke Matsuzaka -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Chris Young -1
Scott Rice -2
Carlos Torres -2
Kyle Farnsworth -3
Jose Valverde -3
Ruben Tejada -4
Eric Young -5

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Marlins 3, Mets 0: Three Up, Three Down

Is it Henderson Alvarez, or is it the offense?

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Three Up
1. Bartolo Colon: 
This could have been another ugly one, but Colon recovered to throw a nice game. The Mets need him in top form every time out.

2. Daniel Murphy: Murphy was productive in three of his four at-bats, doubling twice and moving a runner from second to third with a groundout in the fourth. That’s a lot more than most Mets hitters can say.

3. Juan Lagares: As long as he keeps hitting with consistency, Lagares will remain one of the most valuable players in baseball.

Three Down
1. David Wright: Though Wright hit the ball hard several times, he finished 1-for-4 with a single. His hardest-hit ball landed in a glove, preventing Lagares from scoring in the fourth.

2. Curtis Granderson: His six-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-4 night, including strikeouts in each of his last two at-bats.

3. Ruben Tejada: Double play, groundout, pinch-hit for. That was Tejada’s night in sum.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +8
Jon Niese +6
Anthony Recker +3
Bartolo Colon +2
Ike Davis +2
Dillon Gee +2
Andrew Brown +1
Travis d’Arnaud +1
Daniel Murphy +1
John Lannan -1
Daisuke Matsuzaka -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Curtis Granderson -2
Scott Rice -2
David Wright -2
Kyle Farnsworth -3
Jose Valverde -3
Ruben Tejada -4
Eric Young -5

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Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 5

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 5, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1. Juan Lagares, 0.8
2. Daniel Murphy, 0.7
3. Zack Wheeler, 0.5
4-(t). Lucas Duda, 0.4
4-(t). Jon Niese, 0.4
4-(t). Anthony Recker, 0.4


25-(t). Jeurys Familia, -0.2
25-(t). Omar Quintanilla, -0.2
25-(t). Josh Satin, -0.2
28. Curtis Granderson, -0.3

29-(t). John Lannan, -0.4
29-(t). Jose Valverde, -0.4
31. Ruben Tejada, -0.5

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Three Up, Three Down: Rocky Mountain Low edition

From this weekend’s series loss in Denver…

Thursday: Rockies 7, Mets 4
Three Up: Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Chris Young
Three Down: Bartolo Colon, Daniel Murphy, David Wright

Friday: Rockies 10, Mets 3
Three Up: Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Chris Young
Three Down: Zack Wheeler, Ruben Tejada, Carlos Torres

Saturday: Rockies 11, Mets 10
Three Up: Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Curtis Granderson
Three Down: Jenrry Mejia, Ruben Tejada, Kyle Farnsworth

Sunday: Mets 5, Rockies 1
Three Up: Dillon Gee, Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy
Three Down: Travis d’Arnaud, Omar Quintanilla, Bobby Abreu

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +7
Jon Niese +5
Anthony Recker +3
Ike Davis +2
Dillon Gee +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Travis d’Arnaud +1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Zack Wheeler -1
David Wright -1
Curtis Granderson -2

Ruben Tejada -3
Jose Valverde -3
Kyle Farnsworth -4
Eric Young -5

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Wins Above Replacement Leaders through Week 4

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 4, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1-(t). Juan Lagares, 0.5
1-(t). Zack Wheeler, 0.5
2-(t). Daniel Murphy, 0.4
2-(t) Anthony Recker, 0.4
2-(t). Eric Young, Jr., 0.4


27-(t). Gonzalez Germen, -0.2
27-(t). Josh Satin, -0.2
27-(t). Chris Young, -0.2

30. John Lannan, -0.4
31. Ruben Tejada, -0.5
32. Curtis Granderson, -0.6

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