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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 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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Dispatches from Las Vegas and Port St. Lucie, 3/16

Back to Florida, with two weeks to go until Opening Day.

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What we learned: Jon Niese could miss Opening Day with an elbow injury that forced him out of Sunday’s game in Jupiter, Fla.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“It’s the Spring Training from hell.”–Niese

Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/13

Things are starting to get hectic for the Mets. Many of them will skip Friday’s game, taking an afternoon flight bound for the glitz of Las Vegas. Once they return, it will be coming up on crunch time.

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What we learned: Noah Syndergaard is still really, really good at pitching.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“I have been preparing, expecting myself to be in that position.” –Daisuke Matsuzaka on his chances to win the fifth starter’s job

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/3

Behind do-everything pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, the Mets on Monday finally showed up in the win column. They’re 1-3 this spring.

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What we learned: Minor injuries continue to plague Mets camp, with Ike Davis joining Eric Young, Jr., Ruben Tejada, Wilfredo Tovar, Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese on the list of early casualties. None of them, however, are expected to miss any significant time. … Johan Santana is close to signing a Minor League deal with the Orioles. … SNY sideline reporter Kevin Burkhardt will host FOX’s baseball pregame show this summer in addition to his Mets duties. Steve Gelbs will fill in on SNY when conflicts arise.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“Harvey is Harvey, but [Syndergaard] and Wheeler are definitely a very close second.” –Braves outfielder Justin Upton on the Mets’ top three young pitchers

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/2

The Mets are now 0-3 in Grapefruit League play, outscored 21-6 in their three games.

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What we learned: Sorry, Jenrry Mejia, but Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan are the frontrunners to win the Mets’ fifth starter’s job.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“It’s obvious that when you’re Daisuke Matsuzaka, you come with a track record. Certainly with what he’s done in the past, you might have to say he’s probably the guy.” –Manager Terry Collins on Matsuzaka’s chances to win the fifth starter’s job

Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/17

Today was the first official workout for Mets pitchers and catchers. Lots happened today, including Jeff Wilpon’s Q&A with MLB.com.

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What we learned: Not long after the Mets seemed to tab Jenrry Mejia a starting pitcher for good, manager Terry Collins said that Mejia could make the team out of the bullpen. … Noah Syndergaard is a large, large human.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“We had to use our money to sign a few guys. We don’t have any bats, we don’t have any balls, we don’t have any lights. But we do have players.” –Collins, after a light in the Mets’ press conference room proved non-operational.

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Shortstop not necessarily dead for Mets’ Flores

Wilmer Flores has not played his natural position of shortstop professionally in the United States since 2011, when he was 19 years old. Despite the Mets’ clear weakness at that position, Flores’ name does not typically surface in discussions about it. And for good reason — the Mets have no immediate plans to use him there, in part because of the lack of mobility that scouts have long predicted for him.

But the notion of trying Flores at shortstop is not permanently dead. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this week that if Flores’ winter conditioning program pays the type of dividends the team hopes, it’s possible he could receive some reps at the position this spring.

“I don’t think we’d rule it out,” Alderson said in a telephone interview. “Why should we? I think we have to see how Spring Training plays out for him — is there going to be a spot for him in the lineup? Is there not? Is he going to be a bench player for us? Is he going to go to Las Vegas?”

Alderson pointed several times to the team-supervised conditioning program Flores attended in Michigan this winter alongside Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and several Mets prospects. This was the first winter of his career that Flores spent significant time focusing on his overall health rather than his baseball skills, according to the GM.

“I don’t want to place too much stock on four weeks of conditioning, but this is a guy who’s never really had the opportunity to develop himself physically the way players here in the United States do, who have a season and then an offseason,” Alderson said. “He’s never had an offseason. He’s always played. So this is a different type of offseason for him — one in which he’s been able to invest in his career. We’ll see how it pays off for him.

“I wouldn’t say [Flores to shortstop] is dead. I think that one of the things we want to see is how well he has done with his training regimen in Michigan. Before this offseason, I’m not sure he ever had any sort of structured, regimented conditioning program. The work that they have done on speed and agility and quickness, etc., may have an impact on his ability to play certain positions — including second base and conceivably even shortstop. But right now, that’s all speculation.”

Flores, who signed with the Mets as a 16-year-old international free agent in 2007, played shortstop exclusively over the first four years of his Minor League career. In 2012, he shifted to third base, before playing mostly second last year — partially an organizational response to third baseman David Wright signing an eight-year contract that runs through 2020.

Along the way, scouts have continually pegged Flores as a corner infielder, skeptical that his limited mobility would allow him to play a middle infield or corner outfield spot. But Flores held his own at second despite a nagging ankle injury, and Alderson is curious to see how he responds after two intensive fitness sessions near Ann Arbor, Mich.

“It became clear, if you watched him play last year and run the bases … that [conditioning] was an area that needed to improve,” Alderson said. “Since he’d never done any conditioning at all, you say to yourself, ‘Gee, there may be substantial opportunity for improvement. Let’s see what happens. Let’s try it.’ And that’s what we’ve done. We won’t know the benefits of that until we get down to Spring Training.”

What the Mets do know is that they are thin at shortstop, with Tejada coming off a below-replacement level season, free agent Stephen Drew a long-shot to sign and no high-ceilinged prospects on the immediate horizon. Flores, by contrast, revived his own prospect status with a breakout offensive year in 2012, carrying that wave all the way to the Majors in 2013.

“Is he definitely not a shortstop? I try not to say anybody’s definitely not something,” Alderson said. “We tried Duda [a natural first baseman] in left field. There’s no reason why we can’t try other players at positions where at first blush you’d say, ‘No, that’s not possible.’”

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Mets’ Opening Day lineup? Forever Young is in their mind

After the Mets inked Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60-million deal, the popular thinking was that the signing would push Eric Young, Jr. to the bench, giving the Mets an outfield of (from left to right) Granderson, Juan Lagares and Chris Young. Yet one Mets official cautioned Monday that that might not be the case. The Mets were enamored with what Eric Young, Jr. gave them last season, and want his bat in the lineup in some capacity.

If the Mets trade Daniel Murphy, they could achieve that by sliding Young into the starting second base role. Short of that, and assuming the Mets trade Ike Davis instead of Lucas Duda, their Opening Day lineup could look something like this:

Eric Young, Jr., LF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Curtis Granderson, RF
Chris Young, CF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Travis d’Arnaud, C
Ruben Tejada, SS
Jon Niese, LHP

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Mets 9, Yankees 4: Three Up, Three Down

While everyone watches Ike and Ruben, the rest of the Mets just keep on winning.

Three Up:
1. RHP Jeremy Hefner:  Hefner continues to do what a fifth starter should, keeping his team in the game despite a lack of dazzle. For the first time all season, the Mets actually took advantage of that.

2. 1B Ike Davis: This was Ike’s most promising offensive game in some time, mostly because each of his two hits went to the opposite field. He may have spared himself an imminent demotion. Again.

3. LHP Scott Rice: What a find this guy has been for the Mets, who continue to abuse his arm with excellent results. As long as Rice’s shoulder stays attached, he should remain a bullpen cog for the Mets.

Three Down:
1. SS Ruben Tejada: A leadoff hit was nice, but Tejada went 0-for-4 from there and made an iffy play on defense to cost Hefner a small bit of heartache. He may be in hotter water than Davis at this point.

2. OF Mike Baxter: Baxter did not deserve this at all. He finished 0-for-1 and did very little wrong. But he was the only Mets player without a hit.

3. RHP LaTroy Hawkins: He let up a run. On this night, that was enough.

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 Marlon Byrd, RHP Jeremy Hefner

+2
OF Juan Lagares, RHP Greg Burke, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Scott Rice, OF Mike Baxter
+1
LHP Robert Carson, OF Lucas Duda, RHP LaTroy Hawkins
-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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada
-5
RHP Dillon Gee
-15
1B Ike Davis

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