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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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Mets 7, D-backs 3: Three Up, Three Down

A belated Three Up, Three Down from last night’s game.

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Three Up: Lucas Duda, Eric Young, Zack Wheeler
Three Down: Ruben Tejada, Andrew Brown, Ike Davis

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Gonzalez Germen +2
Jon Niese +2
Anthony Recker +2
Carlos Torres +2
Ike Davis +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
David Wright +1
Dillon Gee -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Ruben Tejada -3
Daniel Murphy -4

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Mets Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 2

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 2, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1. Juan Lagares, 0.4
2-(t). Ike Davis, 0.2
2-(t). Lucas Duda, 0.2
2-(t). Curtis Granderson, 0.2
2-(t). Gonzalez Germen, 0.2
2-(t). Carlos Torres, 0.2

30-(t). Dillon Gee, -0.3
30-(t). Bartolo Colon, -0.3
32-(t). Ruben Tejada, -0.4
32-(t). John Lannan, -0.4

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Mets 4, Braves 0: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets used three pitchers in the win. Combined age: 113.

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Three Up
1. Bartolo Colon: 
I believe “flummoxed” is the proper term for what Colon did to a Braves lineup that was swinging out of its shoes at his pitches. An aggressive lineup against a control artist such as Colon is a recipe for pitching success.

2. Travis d’Arnaud: Two hits to snap his season 0-fer were nice, but more important was how d’Arnaud handled Colon and the Mets’ pitching staff. For all the talk about d’Arnaud’s offense, catching remains his primary job.

3. Ruben Tejada: Was this a positive blip, or might Tejada actually be turning the corner? The answer could go a long way toward solving the Mets’ early offensive woes.

Three Down
1. David Wright: An 0-for-5 dropped Wright to .192 on the season. It’s not even close to panic time for the captain, but the Mets could certainly use some production out of the three hole.

2. Lucas Duda: His two-homer game now a distant memory, Duda has not produced much of anything as the Mets’ starting first baseman. If he continues to struggle, calls for Ike Davis will only grow louder.

3. Daniel Murphy: The second baseman’s offensive struggles continued with a 1-for-5 night and two strikeouts. He did hit a few balls hard, however, and has been playing better defense in recent games.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +3
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Jon Niese +1
Anthony Recker +1
Jose Valverde +1
Lucas Duda -1
Jeurys Familia -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Josh Satin -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Eric Young, Jr. -3
Daniel Murphy -4

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Mets Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 1

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 1, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1. Juan Lagares, 0.4
2. Jose Valverde, 0.3
3-(t). David Wright, 0.1
3-(t). Lucas Duda, 0.1
3-(t). Gonzalez Germen, 0.1
3-(t). Jon Niese, 0.1
3-(t). Jenrry Mejia, 0.1

17-(t). Dillon Gee, -0.1
17-(t). Wilmer Flores, -0.1
19-(t). Travis d’Arnaud, -0.2
19-(t). Eric Young, Jr., -0.2

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Mets 6, Reds 3: Three Up, Three Down

Today, we spell redemption “I-K-E.”

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Three Up
1. Ike Davis:
Walk-off grand slams are usually good for an “Up” around here.”

2. Curtis Granderson: This is a tentative home-run-centric “Up,” because Granderson’s hesitancy fielding Chris Heisey’s double leading off the eighth put a man in scoring position with no outs. Brandon Phillips’ ensuing homer may have made that a moot point, but who knows how the inning otherwise might have unfolded.

3. Scott Rice: If we’re going to ding Rice every time he does not do his job effectively, might as well credit him when he does. After Phillips’ homer, Rice was asked to stop the bleeding against Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, two of the National League’s premier power hitters. A groundout and a strikeout later and the Mets were back in the dugout.

Three Down
1. Daniel Murphy: Though he did not commit an actual fielding error, Murphy may have been able to snag each of Tucker Barnhart’s first two hits with better positioning or athleticism. Murphy’s defense has been a weak spot throughout the young season.

2. Lucas Duda: Duda’s second game as the Mets’ official starting first baseman could not have gone much more differently than the first. A day after bashing two homers, Duda went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

3. Eric Young, Jr.: Young may finally have recorded his first hit of the season, but it came on an infield squibber that barely reached the pitcher’s mound. Something is not right with his swing, and until he fixes it, Young is hurting the Mets by batting leadoff.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +3
Gonzalez Germen +2
Andrew Brown +1

Ike Davis +1
Curtis Granderson +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Anthony Recker +1
Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Jeurys Familia -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Josh Satin -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Daniel Murphy -2
Eric Young, Jr. -3

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Mets 4, Reds 3: Three Up, Three Down

Three Up
1. Lucas Duda: Two home runs as the new starter at first base. That’ll earn you props every time.

2. Jenrry Mejia: It may not have been the most efficient start in the world, but it got the job done. Good enough for a Mets team that badly needs consistency.

3. Anthony Recker: How about that throw to nail known speedster Billy Hamilton trying to steal second? Not bad, Recker.

Three Down
1. Travis d’Arnaud: Through four games, he’s given the Mets virtually nothing. A critical player for them, d’Arnaud must be better.

2. Ruben Tejada: Tejada is quietly batting just .231 himself. This is more of a cumulative “down” that anything he did particularly wrong Friday.

3. John Lannan: Very little has gone right for Lannan so far this season, making him one of the biggest culprits in a greater bullpen struggle.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +3
Gonzalez Germen +2
Andrew Brown +1
Lucas Duda +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Anthony Recker +1
Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Jeurys Familia -1
John Lannan -1
Daniel Murphy -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Josh Satin -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2

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Poll: Who should be the Mets’ first baseman?

Later today, the Mets will name Lucas Duda their starting first baseman for the foreseeable future. But is it the right call?

It’s not realistic to expect the Mets to go out and invest in, say free agent Kendrys Morales, and Josh Satin probably profiles best as a right-handed platoon mate for either Duda or Ike Davis. But you decide:

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/25

What we learned: Jenrry Mejia could make the Mets on a technicality, with the team concerned about Jon Niese’s health … both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will be on the Opening Day roster.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Performances matter. I think last year was a small sample. This year is an almost equal sample, so I think we have to take everything into account. We’re not ignoring Spring Training performance.” –General manager Sandy Alderson on Vic Black

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Dispatches from Las Vegas and Port St. Lucie, 3/15

One more game in the desert before the Mets head back east.

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What we learned: Believe the hype: Cashman Field in Las Vegas is as hitter-friendly as they come. … Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias may miss significant time with a stress reaction in his shins, perhaps creating another suitor for Stephen Drew.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“If you get hit when it’s 117 degrees right here, you get to go into the air conditioning.” –Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman on Cashman Field’s unprotected dugouts

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