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Are you glad the Mets did not trade Marlon Byrd?

Trading Marlon Byrd would have allowed the Mets to receive something — anything — in return for a player who is probably not going to be on the team next season. Keeping him allows the Mets (in theory, at least) to remain more competitive down the stretch, despite extremely slim playoff chances.

So are you glad the Mets kept Byrd, or would you rather have seen the team deal him for something?

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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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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 11, Mets 6: Three Up, Three Down

David Wright said “there’s probably a lot of teams” who think they can beat the Mets right now. The Marlins are certainly one of them.

Three Up:
1. SS Omar Quintanilla:  His three-hit night included a home run, but also another fielding error. Still, the Mets have been starved for this type of offensive production atop their order.

2. 1B Ike Davis: Is he finally on track? It’s way too soon to tell, but Ike’s home run to center field was a monster, and his multi-hit day was his second in the past two weeks.

3. OF Marlon Byrd: A nice day for Byrd, who walked twice, drove in a run and, unlike both of his fellow outfield starters, did not do anything embarrassing in the outfield.

Three Down:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: Not a good start from Harvey, who gave up a season-high 10 hits in a season-low five innings. Not everything was his fault — the defense played poorly behind him. But Harvey certainly struggled.

2. LHP Scott Rice: The Mets were in the game until Rice walked the bases loaded in the sixth, then gave up Marcel Ozuna’s back-breaking double. He probably shouldn’t have still been on the mound at that point, but still.

3. OF Rick Ankiel: Breaking forward (instead of back) on Ozuna’s double in the first inning was unacceptable, costing Harvey big time. What Ankiel has done at the plate is not entirely unsurprising, but his defensive struggles have been a bit of a shock.

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

+3
RHP Jeremy Hefner, SS Omar Quintanilla

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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Dillon Gee
-13
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 3, Yankees 1: Three Up, Three Down

For the first time since Interleague Play began, the Mets won every game they played against the Yankees.

Three Up:
1. RHP Dillon Gee:  What a performance from Gee, who came into the game at risk of losing his rotation spot in the near future. A career-high 12 strikeouts seems about the right way to respond.

2. OF Marlon Byrd: Wednesday’s homer may have been a cheapie, but Thursday’s was not. Byrd may not be a perfect player, but he has given the Mets his share of big moments this year.

3. RHP Bobby Parnell: Remember when people didn’t think Parnell relished the spotlight? All he has done is succeed in the closer’s role this season, making quick work of the Yankees in the ninth.

Three Down:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: Is the hot streak over? If so, that’s more worrisome for Murphy than for most hitters, considering his history of being streaky to extremes.

2. OF Juan Lagares: It’s hard to hit in general, harder still without much playing time. Lagares has not received much playing time of late, so his 0-for-4 was not much of a surprise.

3. 3B David Wright: Not only did Wright go 0-for-3, but his hitless effort destroyed my streak on MLB.com’s Beat the Streak game. Yes, I’m biased.

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

+3
INF Justin Turner, RHP Jeremy Hefner, 3B David Wright

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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Dillon Gee
-15
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 2, Yankees 1: Three Up, Three Down

This is the Mets’ first three-game winning streak since the first weekend of the season.

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey:  A vintage performance may not have been enough to give Harvey the win, but it did keep him undefeated: now 5-0 in 11 starts.

2. OF Lucas Duda: Duda’s season-long struggles with runners in scoring position have been well-documented; perhaps this will change things for him.

3. 3B David Wright: He’s always in the middle of everything good that happens with this club. That’s no coincidence.

Three Down:
1. SS Ruben Tejada: His defense is an issue, his pickoff at second base (according to manager Terry Collins) was unacceptable and his performance at the plate remains anemic. This is all becoming an issue.

2. OF Marlon Byrd: Byrd’s error on a routine single nearly cost the Mets the game. Harvey deserves better defense behind him.

3. 1B Ike Davis: Yet another tough game for Davis, who continues to struggle mightily at the plate. A Minor League demotion could be coming, and soon.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
RHP Matt Harvey
+6
C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
+4
3B David Wright

+3
INF Justin Turner, OF Mike Baxter, OF Marlon Byrd

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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-5
RHP Dillon Gee
-16
1B Ike Davis

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Mets lose two of three to Braves: Three Up, Three Down

A delayed reaction to this weekend’s series against the Braves:

Friday/Saturday: Braves 7, Mets 5
Three Up: RHP Jeremy Hefner, C John Buck, 2B Daniel Murphy
Three Down: RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP Scott Rice, 1B Ike Davis

Saturday: Braves 6, Mets 0
Three Up: RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Mike Baxter
Three Down: RHP Dillon Gee, 3B David Wright, OF Marlon Byrd

Sunday: Mets 4, Braves 2
Three Up: 1B Ike Davis, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Lucas Duda
Three Down: OF Rick Ankiel, SS Ruben Tejada, 3B David Wright

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

+3
INF Justin Turner, OF Mike Baxter

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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-5
RHP Dillon Gee
-14
1B Ike Davis

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Reds 4, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

Still no offense. Still no offense.

Three Up:
1. OF Marlon Byrd: Byrd’s three-run homer off Johnny Cueto was the only offensive spark for the Mets, who continue to struggle consistently at the plate.

2. OF Rick Ankiel: In the lineup due to his success against Cueto, Ankiel reached base in each of his first two at-bats. That might be enough for the Mets to try him out in the two hole again.

3. RHP Greg Burke: This is more a makeup call for last weekend in Chicago, where Burke continued to establish himself as a consistent performer. He has not allowed a run since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Three Down:
1. 1B Ike Davis: Another 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, plus an obstruction call at first base. Even at the nadir of his slump last season, Davis never struggled on defense to the extent he is now.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: All hot streaks must come to an end; Murphy’s came crashing down with an 0-for-4 performance, including a key strikeout in the seventh inning with the tying run in scoring position.

3. SS Ruben Tejada: Tejada looks absolutely lost offensively, and he’s not enough of a difference-maker on defense to make up for it. At what point do the Mets consider giving Justin Turner some starts at short?

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
RHP Matt Harvey, 3B David Wright
+5
OF Marlon Byrd

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

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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Dillon Gee
-12
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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Cardinals 10, Mets 4: Three Up, Three Down

How deep does this rabbit hole go?

Three Up:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: The Mets officially have a nominee for Streakiest Hitter in Baseball. Since snapping last week’s 0-for-17 skid at the plate, Murphy has gone 6-for-9 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.

2. OF Marlon Byrd: Something clicked for Byrd after he jammed his shoulder into the right-field wall attempting to catch a foul ball in the fifth. An inning later, he hit a two-run home run, one of Byrd’s two extra-base hits on the night.

3. RHP Greg Burke: Good for Burke, who has now given the Mets 2 1/3 scoreless innings since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas. Another inning or two, and this may take the form of real progress for the submariner.

Three Down:
1. RHP Dillon Gee: After giving up another six runs in four innings, Gee sounded like a pitcher who was completely out of answers. He’ll need to find some before his next start, or risk losing his grip on a rotation spot.

2. LHP Robert Carson: Like Gee, Carson has displayed an utter inability to get batters out with any sort of consistency. There’s certainly talent here, but Carson needs to figure out how to tap it if he wants to stay at this level.

3. 1B Ike Davis: Another forgettable day for Davis, who finished 0-for-4 at the plate and committed a (at the time) critical throwing error to spark a first-inning Cardinals rally. Considering how badly he has slumped offensively, Davis needs to be perfect on defense.

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

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeremy Hefner
+1
OF Juan Lagares, LHP Scott Rice
-1
C Anthony Recker, OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Lucas Duda, OF Rick Ankiel
-2
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Scott Atchison
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Dillon Gee

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-9
1B Ike Davis

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