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Nationals 8, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down

A three-game sweep at the hands of the Nats is how this season begins.

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Three Up
1. Curtis Granderson: Snapping an 0-for-9 start with a two-double game, Granderson began to make good on the Mets’ $60-million investment. That was much more what the Mets envisioned when they doled out that contract.

2. Gonzalez Germen: Good for Germen, who has retired nine straight after that rough start to his season Wednesday night. Perhaps he will emerge as a (rare) trustworthy bullpen arm for Terry Collins.

3. Juan Lagares: 1-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly? That’s paltry by Lagares’ newly-enhanced standards. His defense has also been as pristine as expected, though Lagares has not yet faced any great challenges there.

Three Down
1. Eric Young, Jr.: The Mets’ problems begin at the top. In two games as the leadoff man, Young is now 0-for-9 with three strikeouts. “You can’t steal first,” goes the old adage.

2. Daniel Murphy: Give Murphy credit for his hit and leadoff walk, but subtract more than that for his two defensive errors. Considering all the other flaws on their roster, the Mets need Murphy — and their defense as a whole — to be sound.

3. Jeurys Familia: Like Scott Rice, who received a “Down” over him on Opening Day, Familia has struggled in each of his two appearances. A prominent bullpen role is sitting there waiting for him, he just needs to pitch well enough to claim it.

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

Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
Jeurys Familia -1
Daniel Murphy -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Josh Satin -1
Eric Young, Jr. -2

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Nationals 5, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

Loss, loss is not the way the Mets wanted to open the season.

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Three Up
1. Juan Lagares: Give this guy props — sure, it’s only two games, but Lagares has hit for the cycle over that span while serving as the Mets’ best player. He won’t be this good all year, but if he’s even remotely close to it, he’ll be fun to watch.

2. Gonzalez Germen: Sure, he began his season by giving up back-to-back doubles and throwing a run-scoring wild pitch. But Germen recovered to retire his next six in a row with three strikeouts, showing glimpses of what make him an important relief arm for the Mets this year.

3. David Wright: Wright’s first at-bat was the epitome of the type of hitter he is. With a runner on third and one out, Wright poked an outside curveball into right field, coming through with a sacrifice fly. At the time, it gave the Mets the lead.

Three Down
1. Curtis Granderson: Granderson finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and is now 0-for-9 with five whiffs on the season. After striking out to end the sixth, Granderson drew boos from the scattered fans in attendance.

2. Josh Satin: Given the start at first base against a left-hander, Satin finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Producing against lefties is his only ticket to consistent playing time.

3. Travis d’Arnaud: One of several hitless Mets through two games, d’Arnaud is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts. He whiffed once and grounded out twice in Wednesday’s game.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +2
Andrew Brown +1
Gonzalez Germen +1
Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
Curtis Granderson -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Josh Satin -1
Eric Young, Jr. -1

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Empire State Building shines for Mets

The Mets may have lost in the afternoon, but once darkness fell, they did take center stage in Midtown Manhattan:

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Nationals 9, Mets 7: Three Up, Three Down

You asked for it, you got it: the return of Three Up, Three Down. Each day, we here at Mets Cetera will pick three Mets players who thrived and three who, well, not so much.

This is not necessarily a statistically-driven exercise. The player who goes 4-for-4 with three home runs (or the one who mashes a two-run homer in a four-run game with two outs in the ninth — looking at you, David Wright) will usually receive an “Up,” to be sure. But we’ll also look to reward unsung heroes. So without further ado…

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Three Up
1. Jose Valverde: A huge strikeout of Ryan Zimmerman with the game on the line in the seventh, followed by a perfect inning with two more whiffs in the eighth. In all, a sterling Mets debut.

2. Juan Lagares: Given an Opening Day start in center field, Lagares homered, reached base three times and flat-out out-played Eric Young, Jr., his main competition in Spring Training.

3. Andrew Brown: Brown’s three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg was a huge early lift for the Mets, whose failure to capitalize later in the game was hardly the reserve outfielder’s fault.

Three Down
1. Eric Young, Jr.: Finishing 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the leadoff spot (albeit with a sacrifice fly) is not going to cut it. Young must improve if he wants ample playing time this season.

2. Scott Rice: Carlos Torres was just as guilty as Rice, walking the only batter he faced in the game. But Rice’s walk came with the bases loaded and the Mets up by a run, earning him the thumbs down today.

3. Bobby Parnell: Called upon to protect a one-run lead, Parnell gave up two hits, a walk and a run. The velocity was there, but the results were not.

Season Standings
Andrew Brown +1
Juan Lagares +1
Jose Valverde +1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Eric Young, Jr. -1

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Montreal’s Stade Olympique in pictures

Some views from the first baseball game at Olympic Stadium in nearly a decade:

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/27

What we learned: Jon Niese still appears on track to pitch April 6.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“We’re not going to be able to go achieve our goals with guys having par or sub-par years. We’re not that good offensively. –David Wright

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Wright candid on Mets’ offensive potential

I spoke to David Wright recently for a Mets.com season preview, which you can read here. After asking Wright about the young pitching in camp, I posed a question about the club’s offensive potential. I found his response rather candid and interesting:

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“The offensive side’s tough because we haven’t really all been in the lineup at the same time, whether it’s injuries or position battles or whatever’s going on,” Wright said. “But I like what I see so far. I think the offense is usually a little behind the pitching in Spring Training, but I like the fact that we — knock on wood, made it through for the most part healthy, and we’re going to have our horses in the lineup come Opening Day.

“We’re going to need guys to go out there and do what they’re capable of doing. We’re not going to be able to achieve our goals with guys having par or sub-par years. We’re not that good offensively. We have the opportunity to really lean on our pitching and be a good offensive team — good enough to win — but we’re not built to necessarily go out there and out-slug teams and win a lot of games 12-10 or 15-12. We’re going to really need to lean on the pitching, and the offense is going to have to do what we’re supposed to do.

“I don’t think there’s any team out there that can say we can go out there and just be par and expect to accomplish the goals we set out to do. That’s not a knock against our offense, it’s just that this is the way the team is built — it’s built on great pitching. We have a good offense, but like I said, we can’t go out there and out-slug teams on a nightly basis, whereas other teams are better-equipped to do that.

“We’re going to need to play good defense. We’re going to need to get good pitching. We’re going to need to steal some bases. We’re going to need to kind of play some small-ball and be a good situational-hitting team, rather than the way some teams are built where you can sit back and play for a couple three-run home runs. We’re not necessarily built that way and the park we play in isn’t really built to do that. So our offensive philosophy has to be a little different than some other teams that maybe play in some smaller ballparks or that have big-time home run threats up and down their lineup.”

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/26

One more game in Florida, then it’s on to Canada for the Mets.

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What we learned: Jose Valverde made the Opening Day roster. Vic Black did not.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“I didn’t see it coming, but I also couldn’t expect anything different, really. What I did was struggle all spring.” –Black on his demotion

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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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Your (unofficial, but accurate) Mets rotation

Though the Mets haven’t released it, we know enough now to cobble together the team’s season-opening rotation:

Monday, March 31 vs. Nationals: Dillon Gee
Tuesday, April 1: Off day
Wednesday, April 2 vs. Nationals: Bartolo Colon
Thursday, April 3 vs. Nationals: Zack Wheeler
Friday, April 4 vs. Reds: Jenrry Mejia or Daisuke Matsuzaka
Saturday, April 5 vs. Reds: Dillon Gee
Sunday, April 6 vs. Reds: Jon Niese
Monday, April 7: Off day
Tuesday, April 8 @ Braves: Bartolo Colon
Wednesday, April 9 @ Braves: Zack Wheeler

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