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Mets 10, Nationals 1: Three Up, Three Down

Well that was unexpected.

Three Up:
1. RHP Dillon Gee:  Another nice job by Gee, who kept pace with Jeremy Hefner in the competition to keep his rotation spot. When Zack Wheeler comes up, the Mets will have quite an interesting decision on their hands.

2. OF Marlon Byrd: Byrd may or may not be the word. Whatever it is, he just continues to hit, bashing two more home runs in the blowout.

3. C Anthony Recker: How about some love for the backup catcher? Not only does Recker seem to have established a groove with Gee as his batterymate, but he also rapped out two hits and drove in three runs.

Three Down:
1. SS Omar Quintanilla: Every Mets starter recorded at least one hit, so tonight’s downs go to those who only finished with one. Consider this also some belated punishment for his string of errors at shortstop.

2. OF Lucas Duda: Nope, this one isn’t fair either. But that’s the nature of the game; Duda lands on this list not for his offensive-sparking double, but for the three strikeouts that followed.

3. INF Justin Turner: Turner was the only Mets hitter to appear in the game and not record a hit. Of course, he was the only Mets hitter to receive only one at-bat. But Turner has actually been slumping at the plate for weeks now.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey, OF Marlon Byrd
+5
C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
RHP Jeremy Hefner
+3
SS Omar Quintanilla, INF Justin Turner

+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, OF Mike Baxter
+1
LHP Robert Carson, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, 3B David Wright, LHP Scott Rice, OF Lucas Duda
-1
RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Bobby Parnell, C Anthony Recker
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Collin McHugh
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Dillon Gee

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Rick Ankiel
-13
1B Ike Davis

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Marlins 8, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

Today’s Three Up should consider themselves lucky.

Three Up:
1. SS Omar Quintanilla:  Two singles accounted for two-thirds of the Mets’ offensive output against Marlins starter Jose Fernandez. They were also his third and fourth consecutive hits since snapping an 0-for-34 in the Majors.

2. SS Justin Turner: Pinch-hitting for Quintanilla, he knocked in the only run of the game with a double. That was enough for an “Up” on this day, despite Turner’s subsequent error in the field.

3. OF Lucas Duda: Duda got a hit. Most of his teammates did not. Good for Duda.

Three Down:
1. 3B David Wright: The captain’s 0-for-4 sunk him into an 0-for-13 funk at the plate. Accountability for a team-wide lack of offense must begin here.

2. C John Buck: Another 0-for-4 for Buck, this time with three swinging strikeouts. He probably should not be hitting fifth at this point, but problem is, the Mets have no obvious candidate to move up in the order.

3. RHP Collin McHugh: I have a hard time giving a “Down” to a pitcher making a spot start on short notice, but McHugh was facing the worst offensive team in baseball. The Mets were hoping for better than four runs in four-plus innings.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
RHP Matt Harvey
+6
2B Daniel Murphy
+5
C John Buck
+4
OF Marlon Byrd, INF Justin Turner

+3
RHP Jeremy Hefner

+2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Scott Rice, OF Mike Baxter, SS Omar Quintanilla, OF Lucas Duda
+1
LHP Robert Carson, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Juan Lagares, 3B David Wright
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Scott Atchison, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Rick Ankiel, RHP Collin McHugh
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Dillon Gee
-14
1B Ike Davis

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Mets win two of three in Chicago: Three Up, Three Down

A delayed reaction to this weekend’s series in Chicago:

Friday: Mets 3, Cubs 2
Three Up: RHP Matt Harvey, 3B David Wright, OF Marlon Byrd
Three Down: LHP Scott Rice, SS Ruben Tejada, C John Buck

Saturday: Cubs 8, Mets 2
Three Up: 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Rick Ankiel, LHP Robert Carson
Three Down: RHP Jeremy Hefner, 1B Ike Davis, RHP Collin McHugh

Sunday: Mets 4, Cubs 3
Three Up: OF Juan Lagares, 2B Daniel Murphy, LHP Scott Rice
Three Down: RHP Dillon Gee, 2B Justin Turner, C Anthony Recker

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey, 3B David Wright

+4
OF Marlon Byrd, C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+3
INF Justin Turner

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Mike Baxter, OF Juan Lagares
+1
LHP Scott Rice, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Robert Carson, RHP Jeremy Hefner
-1
OF Lucas Duda, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Collin McHugh
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Jordany Valdespin, C Anthony Recker
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Dillon Gee
-11
1B Ike Davis

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Pirates 11, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down

What’s wrong with Jon Niese? The Mets would surely like to know.

Three Up:
1. OF Marlon Byrd: One of Byrd’s two hits (the RBI knock) may have been a cheapie, but there wasn’t much else to like about this offense on a dreary Saturday afternoon at Citi. At this point, the Mets will take their hits any way they can get them.

2. 1B Justin Turner: Cracking the starting lineup for a third consecutive game, Turner rebounded from Friday’s 0-for-4 to reach base twice. He continues to be a productive and versatile bat for the Mets.

3. SS Ruben Tejada: Another nice offensive rebound for Tejada, who finally gave the Mets a bit of production atop their batting order. His hustle to stretch a single into a double in a nine-run game did not go unnoticed.

Three Down:
1. LHP Jon Niese: Something is significantly wrong here, and it’s not clear if it’s physical, mechanical or something different. Niese has now given up 16 runs, 15 hits and nine walks over his last two starts, spanning 8 1/3 innings.

2. C John Buck: Not only was Buck helpless to stop Niese’s bleeding from behind the plate, he also finished 0-for-4 with the bat yet again. The Mets have received virtually no offensive production from their everyday catcher since mid-April.

3. 2B Jordany Valdespin: Valdespin’s right forearm will probably be sore tomorrow, after taking a Bryan Morris fastball off it. Most around baseball will say he got what he deserved, one day after showboating his homer in a five-run game.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
C John Buck
+5
3B David Wright
+4
RHP Matt Harvey, IF Justin Turner

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, LHP Scott Rice, OF Mike Baxter, OF Marlon Byrd
+1
RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Bobby Parnell, OF Juan Lagares, LHP Robert Carson
-1
RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Brandon Lyon, C Anthony Recker, OF Jordany Valdespin
-2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Dillon Gee, OF Lucas Duda, 2B Daniel Murphy
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Shaun Marcum

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-7
1B Ike Davis

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Pirates 7, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

In honor of Arrested Development’s return to the small screen, let’s call this show Arrested Momentum.

Three Up:
1. 3B David Wright: Leadoff hits in the fourth and sixth innings; it’s not Wright’s fault that the offense stalled behind him.

2. LHP Robert Carson: Solid work by Carson to record four outs, one of them on a nifty pickoff move to first. Carson hasn’t really pitched in many big spots this year, but on Friday he gave the Mets some must-needed work.

3. C Anthony Recker: Nice job by Recker to rap out two hits, including a home run, in a rare start behind the plate. With as little playing time as Recker has received, hitting even a little bit is difficult to do.

Three Down:
1. RHP Shaun Marcum: Marcum became the first pitcher in franchise history to fail to complete five innings in each of his first three starts with the team. That about says it all.

2. SS Ruben Tejada: Tejada avoided another 0-for-4 with his eighth-inning single, but furthered a second-inning rally by double-clutching a routine ground ball. Not the shortstop’s best stretch of the season.

3. 2B Justin Turner: Turner’s run as a do-everything utlityman took a hiatus Friday, when he cracked the starting lineup for a second straight day but finished 0-for-4.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
C John Buck
+5
3B David Wright
+4
RHP Matt Harvey
+3
Justin Turner

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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-7
1B Ike Davis

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White Sox 6, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

A two-game split with the White Sox.

Three Up:
1. OF Lucas Duda: If Duda went 1-for-4 with a solo home run every game, the Mets would be thrilled. So we won’t begrudge him the strikeouts as long as he keeps hitting the long balls.

2. OF Mike Baxter: A nice 2-for-3 game for Baxter, who reached base three times and seems to be hitting his stride. A month into the season, outfield playing time is still very much up for grabs. Even a brief hot streak would help Baxter grab some.

3. OF Justin Turner: The two hits were nice, as was the versatility in playing the outfield for the first time in his career. Though Terry Collins isn’t comfortable starting him out there just yet, it may only be a matter of time.

Three Down:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: Not a great game for Murphy, who is slumping again. Over his last 10 games, he is batting .143 with one extra-base hit.

2. 1B Ike Davis: When will he start hitting? Last year, it was not until mid-June. The Mets would appreciate an earlier start to his hot streak this summer.

3. C John Buck: Offensively, Buck is regressing to the mean. That does not mean he won’t be an asset for the Mets all summer; it simply means he will not be an all-world catcher for six months. Common sense reigns supreme.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
C John Buck
+4
3B David Wright, RHP Matt Harvey, IF Justin Turner

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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-7
1B Ike Davis

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Braves 9, Mets 4: Three Up, Three Down

In rainy Atlanta, the Mets saw their momentum washed away.

Three Up:
1. 3B: David Wright: Captain America went deep for the third straight game, but also misplayed B.J. Upton’s single in the third inning on defense. It probably should have been an error.

2. OF Mike Baxter: Let’s give Mike from Whitestone some props for his pinch-hit double in the eighth, sparking what could have been a game-tying rally. Alas, it was not.

3. 1B Justin Turner: Pinch-hitting for Ike Davis, Turner worked a bases-loaded walk to further the rally that Baxter started. Both Mets pinch-hitters came through in this game.

Three Down:
1. LHP Jon Niese: Had the defense not betrayed him, Niese’s line might have looked much better. But the six walks against him were far too many, and Niese admitted that much after the game.

2. OF Lucas Duda: Before this week, Duda’s defense in left field had actually been passable. But he made a big mistake in Miami and another on Sunday, breaking in on a two-run double over his head.

3. OF Marlon Byrd: Byrd came to the plate in the eighth inning as the potential tying run. Eric O’Flaherty then threw him six pitches, five of them out of the strike zone, and Byrd swung at three of them to whiff.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+8
C John Buck
+5
3B David Wright
+3
RHP Matt Harvey, INF Justin Turner

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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-6
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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Marlins 4, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

Free baseball! Lots of it.

Three Up:
1. C John Buck: What more can one say about this guy? He may not be as white-hot as he was over the first two weeks of the season, but his power production has barely slowed. And his handling of the pitching staff may be even more valuable.

2. 3B Justin Turner: Subbing for the injured David Wright, Turner’s 3-for-5 effort ensured their would be no loss of offensive production. He even made a nifty (harrowing?) play on defense to cut down the lead runner in the seventh.

3. SS Ruben Tejada: Another real nice play on defense, and the last of Tejada’s three hits could have (should have?) been the game-winner. This man is playing quite well in all aspects of the game.

Three Down:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: This is turning into a troublesome slump (1-for-19) for Murphy, who is no longer spraying line drives all over the field. He’s too good a hitter to stay down for long, but it’s been a rough ride over the past few games.

2. RHP Bobby Parnell: You can argue that Parnell’s second blown save, like his first one, was not entirely his fault. But the fact is, Parnell put the leadoff men on base on a rocket double in the ninth and a hit batsman in the 10th. That’s not acceptable.

3. OF Collin Cowgill: In the game for defensive purposes, Cowgill’s misplay of Rob Brantly’s pop fly in the ninth directly led to the game-tying run. Offensively, he remains mired in a season-long slump.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+8
C John Buck
+3
RHP Matt Harvey, INF Justin Turner, SS Ruben Tejada

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Marlon Byrd, LHP Scott Rice, 3B David Wright, LHP Jon Niese
-1
RHP Dillon Gee, RHP Brandon Lyon, OF Lucas Duda, C Anthony Recker, OF Mike Baxter, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Bobby Parnell
-2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Jordany Valdespin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-6
1B Ike Davis

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Nationals 7, Mets 6: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets are now 7-1 when Jon Niese and Matt Harvey pitch, and 1-7 with everyone else.

Three Up:
1. C John Buck: He may have stopped hitting home runs every single game, but Buck’s base hits have still been big. His RBI double in the seventh inning Saturday temporarily tied the game for the Mets.

2. SS Justin Turner: Turner has started five games this season. He is 10-for-22 with two doubles and three RBI in those games.

3. OF Collin Cowgill: It’s been a tough couple of week for Cowgill, who has not done much since his Opening Day grand slam. That two-run single to put the Mets on the board against Gio Gonzalez must have felt good.

Three Down:
1. RHP Jeremy Hefner: You can live with hits against Hefner, but he is not the type of pitcher who can get away with three walks in four innings. That’s the one thing that needs to change.

2. LHP Aaron Laffey: When Laffey entered the game in the fifth inning, it seemed conceivable that the Mets might try to get two or three innings out of the lefty. Instead, they received two outs (and three runs).

3. 1B Ike Davis: Another 0-for-4, including three strikeouts, has some wondering whether Lucas Duda might be the better fit higher in the lineup.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
C John Buck
+4
RHP Matt Harvey

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

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