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Top five Mets Cetera posts of 2013

With the year winding down, it’s time to take a look back at the top five Mets Cetera posts of the year, in terms of total traffic:

metsceteraharvey5. Mid-July was All-Star season in New York, and it just so happened to coincide with the height of Matt Harvey’s rapid-rise fame. We linked to a skit that Harvey did on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, seeing how many so-called Mets fans recognized their newest and brightest superstar.

metsceteraoutfield4. Last offseason, Sandy Alderson famously poked fun at his team when he quipped, “What outfield?” in response to a question. By the end of July, Alderson had changed his tune so completely that he called the Mets “maybe the most productive outfield in baseball.” We investigated his claim.

metsceteracurse3. Just last week, we revisited the Curse of Kris Kringle that has haunted the Mets at their annual holiday party for the better part of a decade. Well aware of the curse’s history – Kris BensonMike Cameron and even Wright have been among the victims – Daniel Murphy suited up as St. Nick.

metsceterawright22. As usual, David Wright was a popular figure in 2013. In March, we held a Twitter contest for fans to create their best “Captain America” photoshop mock-ups. The winner, from @Miss_Met, featured the captain in full regalia on a DVD cover. The runners-up were nearly as impressive.

metsceterawright1. In December, we took a look back at Wright’s eight-year, $138-million contract and what he might have made as a free agent this winter. The consensus? You’ll have to click and see. But here’s a hint: it’s closer to Robinson Cano’s 10-year, $240-million deal than you might expect.

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On the Matt Harvey injury era: “I’m certain we’re going to look back on what we did here in 2012, 2013 … and think it was really primitive.”

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Orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, courtesy andrewscenters.com.

Check out this piece from colleague Anthony Castrovince on the present and future of arm injuries, diagnoses and repairs. The title quote to this post is from Dr. Marcus Elliott, a Harvard-trained physician serving in Seattle as the first-ever director of sports science and performance for a Major League team.

Elliott’s take is that while modern science has progressed markedly in the areas of injury diagnosis and repair, teams do not yet understand what pitchers must do with their mechanics to avoid injuries altogether.

“There are reasons guys end up tearing their ulnar collateral ligament or end up with repetitive trauma to a rotator cuff,” Elliott said. “There are mechanical explanations for all these things. And we haven’t spent a whole lot of time trying to understand what those reasons are.”

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Mets visit Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9

Twelve years minus one day after terrorist attacks struck the World Trade Center, the Mets again paid tribute.

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To learn more about Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9, check out this Eyewitness News piece from two years ago.

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“I’m Matt Harvey, by the way.”

Check out this hilarious skit from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

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Who should come out of the rotation when Zack Wheeler arrives?

No one seems to want to come out of the rotation, with Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner both pitching well of late. Obviously Matt Harvey and Jon Niese are here to stay, and the Mets have four million reasons to keep Shaun Marcum in the rotation as well.

What would you do?

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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 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 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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Matt Harvey on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Image courtesy Sports Illustrated:

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It did not take Harvey long to respond:

 

 

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Pirates 3, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down

Meet the new lineup, same as the old lineup.

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: Clearly pitching without his best stuff, Harvey still managed to hold the Pirates to two runs in seven innings. He is without question the ace of this staff.

2. OF Lucas Duda: Duda was the only one who could touch Pirates starter Jeanmar Gomez, homering in the second. And he nearly tied the game with a rocket ground ball off the first base bag in the eighth. Instead, an unlucky bounce led to the out.

3. OF Mike Baxter: Despite starting only two games over the past week, Baxter has come through with two game-winning and one game-tying RBI. Calls for increased playing time are not off-base.

Three Down:
1. 1B Ike Davis: Terry Collins put the onus on Davis when he moved him back to the cleanup spot. The first baseman responded with an 0-for-4 day, including a huge strikeout with a man on third base and one out in the ninth.

2. RHP Bobby Parnell: Collins put Parnell in a tough spot, bringing him in with the go-ahead run in scoring position in the eighth. All it took was a hard-hit single, which the closer allowed to Pedro Alvarez.

3. RHP Brandon Lyon: He and Scott Rice each faced two batters, walking one of them. But while Rice’s walk came against perennial All-Star Andrew McCutchen, Lyon’s came against Gaby Sanchez, a .167 hitter against right-handed pitching.

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

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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-8
1B Ike Davis

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