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Mets 7, Dodgers 3: Three Up, Three Down

JV1 FTW.

Three Up:
1. OF Jordany Valdespin: Say what you will about Valdespin’s shortcomings; he’s one fun player to watch. Valdespin’s walk-off grand slam was just the sixth in team history and the Mets’ first in 22 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

2. PH Mike Baxter: David Wright may have come up with the game-tying hit, but Baxter’s leadoff hit and hustle were the reasons why Wright was in that spot in the first place. He’s an ideal bat off the bench for the Mets.

3. OF Lucas Duda: It’s weird to see Duda ever have a non-Three True Outcomes plate appearance, but my scorebook insists that he singled and doubled in his first two at-bats. A return to normalcy came in the sixth, when Duda walked.

Three Down:
1. 1B Ike Davis: His single was nice, his walk was big, and he lined into a tough-luck out in his second at-bat. But Davis is still striking out far too much when it counts, including a big whiff with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: Not a bad game for Murphy, but he receives the “Down” for popping out with one out and the potential tying run on third base in the ninth. Wright later came through, but Murphy needs to get that run home.

3. RHP Matt Harvey: I’m not putting Harvey here because I think his performance was bad. I’m putting him here because he does. That’s the beauty of this guy — he wants to be great, and isn’t satisfied with merely adequate. Same goes for us here at Three Up, Three Down.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+8
C John Buck
+3
RHP Matt Harvey, 2B Daniel Murphy

+2
INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Marlon Byrd
+1
LHP Jon Niese, 3B David Wright, OF Collin Cowgill, LHP Robert Carson
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Dillon Gee, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Brandon Lyon, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Lucas Duda
-2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Jordany Valdespin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-5
LHP Josh Edgin
-6
1B Ike Davis

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Rockies 9, Mets 8: Three Up, Three Down

Fourteen hours after arriving at the ballpark, the Mets have themselves a victory.

Three Up:
1. OF Marlon Byrd: Kudos to Byrd, who now has 10 RBI in 39 at-bats. Compare that to all of last season, when Byrd drove in nine runs in 143 at-bats.

2. RHP Scott Atchison: He’s shown some grit this season, pitching in and out of a jam in the seventh inning with the tying and go-ahead runs on base. Discredit Atchison for loading the bases in the first place if you want; I’ll credit him for striking out perennial All-Star Troy Tulowitzki with the game on the line.

3. RHP Bobby Parnell: Sure, he blew a save and let Carlos Gonzalez steal a key base. He also faced four batters, generated a soft ground ball and struck out the side in a tie game in the ninth. It was a dominating performance from the Mets’ closer.

Three Down:
1. LHP Josh Edgin: With starter Aaron Laffey pitching only four innings, the Mets needed some length out of Edgin. Instead, the lefty specialist faced five batters and allowed four of them to reach base. All four later scored.

2. OF Mike Baxter: Coming on as an injury replacement for Lucas Duda, Baxter almost immediately misplayed Carlos Gonzalez’s fly ball into a rally-extending double. He also finished 0-for-1 at the plate.

3. SS Ruben Tejada: Tejada’s throwing error in the ninth inning resulted in a blown save for Parnell and a tie game in the eighth, after the Mets had led by as many as six runs. Tejada now has six errors in 13 games.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
C John Buck

+3
RHP Matt Harvey, 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Marlon Byrd
+1
LHP Jon Niese, INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Scott Atchison
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Dillon Gee, OF Mike Baxter
-2
RHP Greg Burke, OF Lucas Duda, SS Ruben Tejada
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LHP Josh Edgin
-4
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 16, Twins 5: Three Up, Three Down

Welp, that one was an absolute rout:

Three Up:
1. C John Buck: A grand slam made it four straight games with a homer for Buck, who now has six long balls in nine games behind the plate. His offensive output has been staggering.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: This is turning into one of the better offensive stretches of Murphy’s career; four more hits Friday upped his season average to .368.

3. 3B David Wright: That’s the type of offensive output the captain has been looking for. Wright still doesn’t have a home run this season, but he produced everything else in a three-hit, four-RBI attack.

Three Down:
1. LHP Jon Niese: The worst thing a pitcher can do with an eight-run lead? Walk four guys in five innings. We’ll chalk this one up to the wintry conditions at Target Field.

2. OF Lucas Duda: Every Mets starting position player rapped out at least one hit except for Duda, who was 0-for-3 with a walk.

3. OF Mike Baxter: This is a tough “down,” but we’ll give it to Baxter for failing to drive in a runner from third with one out in the second. Baxter finished 1-for-5, going hitless until the ninth.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
C John Buck
+4
2B Daniel Murphy

+2
RHP Matt Harvey
+1
OF Marlon Byrd, OF Jordany Valdespin, LHP Jon Niese
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Aaron Laffey, 3B David Wright, OF Lucas Duda
-2
LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Greg Burke
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 1B Ike Davis

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Mets 7, Marlins 3: Three Up, Three Down

That was a wild one. Here’s your daily trios:

Three Up:
1. LHP Jon Niese: Ho hum, yet another strong starting pitching performance for the Mets. Niese gave up eight hits, but most of them were soft ground balls or bloopers. On most days, Niese would have pitched deeper into the game and recorded the win.

2. C John Buck: Four RBI for Buck brought his season total to nine, second in Major League Baseball. (You read that right.) Buck also called another strong game behind the plate against his former team; Mets pitchers really seem to love him.

3. OF Mike Baxter: With respect to David Wright, who rapped out three hits, and Daniel Murphy, who recorded the game-winner, it was Baxter who kept the offense chugging along all day. Two walks and a hit were nice, but Baxter’s stolen base in the seventh was what really made Murphy’s game-winner possible.

Three Down:
1. SS Ruben Tejada: Four errors now in five games for Tejada, in what is becoming a legitimate issue. With no other bona fide shortstop on the roster, the Mets cannot even give Tejada a day or two to clear his mind. (By the way, he was also 0-for-4 at the plate).

2. LHP Josh Edgin: According to Saturday’s official scorer, Edgin did not earn a victory because his outing was “brief and ineffective.” That’s enough to earn a thumbs down here.

OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: I almost feel bad for Kirk…he’s been pretty unlucky in this space. His 0-for-4 Saturday did not affect the Mets to any great extent, but no one else really struggled. Sorry Kirk — once again, you lose by default.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+2
LHP Jon Niese, C John Buck
+1
OF Collin Cowgill
, RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Dillon Gee, INF Justin Turner, RHP Jeremy Hefner, 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Mike Baxter
-1
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeurys Familia, 3B David Wright, 1B Ike Davis, LHP Josh Edgin
-2
RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

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Roster battles begin to take shape at Mets camp

Some new minutiae from manager Terry Collins’ State of the Mets press conference this afternoon:

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  • Lucas Duda is the starting left fielder. He won’t have to compete for the job.
  • Collins would like to carry multiple left-handers in his bullpen. Josh Edgin is close to a lock, with Pedro Feliciano, Robert Carson and Aaron Laffey all possibilities behind him.
  • Mike Baxter could lead off against right-handed pitchers. Collin Cowgill could lead off against lefties. Or Ruben Tejada could lead off against everyone. It’s all still up in the air, though it doesn’t appear that Daniel Murphy is a leadoff consideration at this point.
  • Matt Harvey will not be on any sort of innings limit. Collins expects him to approach or exceed 200 innings this season.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/29

The Mets did not make their final roster cuts on Thursday, but they may as well have. In reassigning Adam Loewen, Garrett Olson and four others to Minor League camp, the Mets basically committed themselves to Mike Nickeas, Mike Baxter and Daniel Herrera on the Opening Day roster. The only way Herrera will not make it is if fellow left-hander Tim Byrdak is fully healed from knee surgery.

Also: I had a chance to see Chris Young throw off a mound today for the first time since Young reported to camp on a Minor League deal. You can check out a photo from his session below:

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/24

Though Terry Collins admitted Saturday that Opening Day does not look good for Andres Torres, the center field situation actually grew somewhat clearer thanks to comments from Sandy Alderson. Basically, it comes down to this:

  • If Torres and backup Scott Hairston are both healthy in time for Opening Day, the Mets will fill their final bench spot with either Mike Baxter or Adam Loewen.
  • If one of Torres or Hairston is healthy, the Mets will still proceed with Baxter or Loewen on their bench, plus likely either Jordany Valdespin or Vinny Rottino.
  • If neither Torres or Hairston is healthy, the Mets will take a natural center fielder north: Kirk Nieuwenhuis if healthy, otherwise Matt den Dekker.

One other note from Saturday’s game: Mike Pelfrey tweaked his mechanics and came away pleased with the results in a 6-6 tie. Do with that information what you will.

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Which center fielder do you most want on the Opening Day roster?


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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/21

It’s getting down to the most interesting time in camp, when game action is magnified and competitions really start heating up. To that end, Terry Collins called Johan Santana’s 69 pitches in Wednesday’s game “a giant step forward” in Santana’s road back from left shoulder surgery.

Other than Santana, the most interesting aspect of camp right now may be the center field situation, with Andres Torres still nursing a tight left calf, Jason Bay volunteering to sub in center, Jordany Valdespin experimenting at the position while hitting the cover off the ball, and Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen still duking it out for a bench job that is purportedly still one of theirs to lose. I profiled Baxter, a Queens native, for Mets.com today.

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