Results tagged ‘ Kirk Nieuwenhuis ’

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

Sunday: 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: 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: 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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Mets 3, Mariners 1: Three Up, Three Down

Mets went fishing for a win…and found one.

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Three Up: Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud
Three Down: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Eric Young, Juan Lagares

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +9
Jon Niese +7
Lucas Duda +6
Bartolo Colon +5
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Juan Lagares +2
Zack Wheeler +2
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Curtis Granderson +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
Carlos Torres +1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Vic Black -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Ruben Tejada -7
Eric Young, Jr. -7
Chris Young -8

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Three Up, Three Down: Ranger Danger

Some missing episodes:

July 2: Braves 3, Mets 1
Three Up: Eric Young, Jacob deGrom, Vic Black
Three Down: Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy

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July 4: Mets 6, Rangers 5
Three Up: Bobby Abreu, Lucas Duda, Eric Campbell
Three Down: Daniel Murphy, Jeurys Familia, Eric Young

July 5: Rangers 5, Mets 3
Three Up: Josh Edgin, Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud
Three Down: Bartolo Colon, Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy

July 6: Mets 8, Rangers 4
Three Up: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Anthony Recker, Zack Wheeler
Three Down: David Wright, Gonzalez Germen, Bobby Abreu

Season Standings
Jon Niese +8
Jacob deGrom +6
Bartolo Colon +5
Lucas Duda +4
Daniel Murphy +4
Josh Edgin +3
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Juan Lagares +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Anthony Recker +2
Eric Campbell +1
Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Zack Wheeler +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
David Wright -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Ruben Tejada -5
Eric Young, Jr. -5
Chris Young -10

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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 9, D-backs 0: Three Up, Three Down

This one was over before it began.

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Three Up
1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 
What more could the Mets want from Nieuwenhuis in his first game as Juan Lagares’ replacement? Starting in center, Nieuwenhuis finished with three hits, a home run, three RBI and two fine catches on defense.

2. Eric Young, Jr: Young has quietly developed into a sparkplug atop the Mets’ order. He rapped out three more hits Tuesday, scored twice, drove in two runs and probably would have stolen a base, had the Mets not been leading by a significant margin.

3. Jenrry Mejia: It would have been interesting to see how deep into the game Mejia might have gone if not for the blister that knocked him out after five. Before that, Mejia had been cruising with five shutout innings.

Three Down
1. Lucas Duda: You know it’s a good day for the Mets when one of the team’s worst performers still reaches base, drives in a run and scores. That was Duda’s contribution, among the lightest on the team.

2. David Wright: Man, was it difficult to choose “Downs” for this game. I don’t particularly care for Wright’s haircut, which I’ve let him know on multiple occasions. This is what he gets.

3. Kyle Farnsworth: That’s for letting up two line drives! Which were both caught. I really may have to rethink this exercise.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Jon Niese +2
Anthony Recker +2
Carlos Torres +2
Andrew Brown +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis +1

Dillon Gee -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Lucas Duda -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Daniel Murphy -4

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/11

What we learned: Jon Niese is struggling with his velocity two and a half weeks before Opening Day, but the Mets are not worried. At least not yet. … Wilmer Flores has some work to do if he wants to play shortstop on a regular basis.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“I definitely can play.” –Flores on his shortstop ability

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/18

I took an R&R day today, with former Mets beat writer Marty Noble holding down Mets camp. He took a look at how Mets pitchers hope to handle the bat this season.

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What we learned: If the season ended today, Terry Collins said, Juan Lagares would be the center fielder.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“I’m thinking of batting him third.” –Collins on Colon

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Do the Mets really have the best outfield in baseball?

Back in November, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson turned heads by glibly answering, “What outfield?” when asked about the makeup of that unit heading into the season. It became a rallying cry for frustrated fans later in the winter when the Mets did nothing to address the situation, heading into April with a starting trio of Marlon Byrd, Lucas Duda and a Kirk Nieuwenuis/Collin Cowgill platoon.

Predictably, that unit scuffled over the first half of the season, to the extent that the Mets promoted and demoted various outfielders, even signing Rick Ankiel for a stretch. So it was interesting Wednesday to hear Alderson offer this choice quote:

“Interestingly, we spent the first half of the season adding players,” the GM said on a post-trade deadline conference call. “We’ve added to the starting rotation, we’ve added in the bullpen, we’ve taken what seemed to be a fairly barren outfield in the beginning of the season, and turned it into maybe the most productive outfield in baseball.”

Can that be? A quick look at the numbers reveals that, amazingly, Alderson is not far off in his assessment. Mets outfielders compiled 3.4 Wins Above Replacement in July, according to Fangraphs, second behind only the Rays (see the top 10 in the Fangraphs chart below). Compare that to June, when their 0.6 mark ranked 25th in MLB, or May and April, when their 0.0 and -0.3 marks indicated that the Mets, in theory, would have been better off with a random group of minor leaguers.

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The biggest difference has been Juan Lagares, who (along with Duda’s absence) has transformed this bunch from a poor defensive outfield into a significantly above-average one. Lagares has also hit with aplomb since taking over the everyday center field job, just as Byrd has transformed into a reasonable cleanup option for the Mets. In left field, the Mets have also received unexpected production from Eric Young, Jr.

Can they keep it up? Probably not. WAR is a flawed stat, the offensive figure above is partially BABIP-fueled, and nothing in Lagares’ profile suggests he will continue to hit like this (a .369 average in July). A slump also seems inevitable for Byrd, who has been white-hot since May, while Duda’s return from the DL will damage the unit’s defensive production.

But at the least, it appears Alderson’s “What outfield” quip no longer applies. And that, for the Mets, is an unexpected accomplishment.

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