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Mets 4, Twins 2: Three Up, Three Down

This Harvey kid is really something, ain’t he?

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: In merely his 13th career start, Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh, finishing with eight innings of one-run ball. In short, he was incredible.

2. DH Justin Turner: Give Turner credit: he makes the most of his opportunities. Three times Turner has appeared in the starting lineup this season, and twice he has recorded three hits.

3. OF Marlon Byrd: Props to Byrd, whose leadoff homer in the fourth inning extended the Mets’ home run streak to 11 consecutive games to start the season. Was not expecting that.

Three Down:
1. RHP Bobby Parnell: Finally, a save opportunity! Though Parnell nailed it down with two strikeouts, he also gave up two hits and a run first. Next time, the margin may be slimmer and he’ll need to be sharper.

2. 1B Ike Davis: Moments after his only hit of the afternoon, Davis was gunned down trying to stretch it into a double. It’s been that kind of early season for him.

3. OF Lucas Duda: Though catcher John Buck went 0-for-4, it’s tough to mark him as a “Down” when he also called Harvey’s gem. Instead it goes to Duda, who went 0-for-2 and was again subbed out on defense.

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

+3
RHP Matt Harvey
+2
OF Marlon Byrd

+1
OF Jordany Valdespin, LHP Jon Niese, INF Justin Turner
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Aaron Laffey, 3B David Wright, RHP Bobby Parnell
-2
LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Greg Burke, OF Lucas Duda
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
-4
1B Ike Davis

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Phillies 8, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

Probably not what the Mets envisioned tonight. Okay, definitely not what the Mets envisioned.

Three Up:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: Murphy just continues to drive the ball with authority, this time rapping out a single and a double in four trips to the plate. He had two of the Mets’ eight hits against Lee.

2. C John Buck: Another night, another opposite-field homer for the National League’s RBI leader. Ho-hum.

3. RHP LaTroy Hawkins: It may have been a low-leverage situation, but Hawkins’ 10-pitch seventh against Michael Young, Domonic Brown and John Mayberry was impressive. Overall lately, the Mets’ bullpen has been sharp.

Three Down:
1. RHP Dillon Gee: Mets starters entered tonight’s game with a 1.87 ERA. They exited the stadium with a 3.11 ERA. Enough said.

2. RHP Greg Burke: Here’s something to keep an eye on: when Burke puts runners on base, he has a hard time holding them there. Burke’s submarine delivery is slow to the plate, as Chase Utley demonstrated by stealing second and scoring against him in the fourth. That could loom large in future high-leverage situations.

3. 2B Justin Turner: Given a rare start at first base, Turner grounded into a double play in his first at-bat, finished 1-for-4 with a single and committed a throwing error on defense. Spot starting isn’t easy, but the Mets were hoping for more.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+4
C John Buck
+3
2B Daniel Murphy

+2
LHP Jon Niese, RHP Matt Harvey
+1
RHP Jeremy Hefner, OF Mike Baxter, OF Marlon Byrd
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, 3B David Wright, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Lucas Duda, LHP Aaron Laffey
-2
1B Ike Davis, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Greg Burke
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

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Padres 2, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets had their chances in a 2-1 loss to the Padres. For the first time this season, the list of “Down” candidates was significantly longer than the list of “Ups”:

Three Up:
1. RHP Dillon Gee: The Mets certainly would have signed up pregame for what Gee delivered: 6 1/3 innings and one earned run. That lone run against Gee was in part due to a one-out pop fly that fell for a hit.

2. 2B Justin Turner: Subbing for Daniel Murphy, Turner rapped out three hits in his first three at-bats. That made up for at-bat No. 4, when Mr. Call  Me Maybe grounded back to the pitcher with two outs and the tying run in scoring position.

3. C John Buck: After snubbing Buck in this space yesterday, I was tempted to include him here even before he hit a rocket-fueled homer off Huston Street to open the ninth. More importantly, Buck has called three good games in a row behind the plate.

Three Down:
1. OF Lucas Duda: Not a good day for The Dude, who struck out in all three of his at-bats before the Mets double-switched him out of the game. The last of those came in the sixth, when he stared at strike three with the tying run on second.

2. RHP Jeurys Familia: Familia’s season debut went like this: walk, single, wild pitch, run scored. Familia faced three batters, recorded one out and allowed a critical insurance run in the eighth.

3B David Wright: Sorry, Captain, but three strikeouts in three at-bats ain’t going to cut it with the rest of the offense scuffling around you. There will be better days for No. 5.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+1: OF Collin Cowgill, LHP Jon Niese, RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Dillon Gee, C John Buck, INF Justin Turner
-1: OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Greg Burke, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeurys Familia, 3B David Wright

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Meet Zack Wheeler, and other scenes from live BP

After facing Zack Wheeler during live batting practice today, Justin Turner and John Buck both made Stephen Strasburg comparisons due to the late life on Wheeler’s fastball. That’s high praise for a pitcher who was cut from a dozen or so travel teams in his youth, rebounding to become one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

Here’s Wheeler during his live BP session today:

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And here’s the group of teammates that gathered to watch:

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A reminder that you can check out other scenes from spring training on Instagram.

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