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Cardinals 6, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

Blame Jon Niese’s glove?

Three Up:
1. RHP Jeremy Hefner: Yet again, Hefner gave the Mets a chance to win, which is all they can ask out of their fifth starter. The Cardinals had Hefner on the ropes early, but he made the necessarily adjustments to provide six quality innings.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: This guy is so streaky that even his streaks have streaks. Murphy is 4-for-5 since emerging from last week’s massive funk; who knows how far the second baseman will take this?

3. RHP Greg Burke: Somebody had to put out the fire at Busch Stadium. It happened to be Burke. We’ll see if this is an isolated outing, or an example of real long-term growth from the adjustments he made at Las Vegas.

Three Down:
1. OF Rick Ankiel: Catching Ty Wigginton’s double would not have been easy, but Ankiel took a somewhat circuitous route to the ball. Throw in his two strikeouts in three at-bats, and this was hardly the Mets debut that he wanted.

2. RHP Scott Atchison: As if allowing hard-hit balls to all three batters he faced was not enough, Atchison revealed afterward that he couldn’t feel his fingers thanks to a torn elbow ligament. Never a good sign.

3. LHP Scott Rice: The fact that Rice took his third loss was at least partially Ankiel’s fault. But Rice also committed a critical blunder, failing to cover home on the ball that kicked off his foot.

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

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-8
1B Ike Davis

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Phillies sweep Mets: Three Up, Three Down

A delayed reaction to this weekend’s sweep at the hands of the Phillies. We’ll run through it quickly here to update the standings:

Friday: Phillies 4, Mets 0
Three Up: RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Josh Edgin, SS Ruben Tejada
Three Down: 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Mike Baxter, C John Buck

Saturday: Phillies 9, Mets 4
Three Up: 3B David Wright, C John Buck, LHP Scott Rice
Three Down: 2B Daniel Murphy, RHP Shaun Marcum, LHP Robert Carson

Sunday: Phillies 5, Mets 1
Three Up: 3B David Wright, LHP Jon Niese, SS Ruben Tejada
Three Down: 2B Daniel Murphy, C John Buck, RHP Scott Atchison

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+7
C John Buck
+3
RHP Matt Harvey

+2
INF Justin Turner, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Marlon Byrd, LHP Scott Rice, 3B David Wright, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Jon Niese
+1
OF Collin Cowgill, 2B Daniel Murphy
-1
RHP Dillon Gee, RHP Brandon Lyon, OF Lucas Duda, C Anthony Recker, OF Mike Baxter, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Scott Atchison
-2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Jordany Valdespin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-6
1B Ike Davis

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Rockies 11, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

The Mets just hit a new Rocky Mountain low.

Three Up:
1. 3B David Wright: A nice offensive game for Wright, who redirected two balls up the middle for RBI singles. Wright is — and has always been — at his best when he’s hitting to right and center field.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: Murphy continues to display a lack of range at second base, but that’s excusable as long as his offensive production is high. It was Thursday, when he singled and doubled in four at-bats, scoring twice.

3. SS Ruben Tejada: Good for Tejada. So maligned for his defense all season long, Tejada made a sensational throw to rob Troy Tulowitzki of a hit in the third inning, proving that his defensive prowess still exists.

Three Down:
1. LHP Josh Edgin: Edgin’s inability to record outs is growing into a legitimate problem. He’s struggling against left-handed and right-handed batters alike.

2. RHP Scott Atchison: When a reliever faces three batters and does not record an out, it’s not a good thing. Atchison had been solid all season until Thursday, so perhaps this is merely a blip.

3. OF Jordany Valdespin: Two hits are nice, but Valdespin’s fielding error directly contributed to the Rockies’ third run, which loomed huge at the time. He needs to improve his outfield reads, because right now he is costing the Mets runs on a near-daily basis.

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

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

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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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Projecting the Opening Day roster, 2/5

For the first time this offseason, let us present a roster projection that should actually closely resemble what the Mets deploy on Opening Day. The bullpen has undergone a major overhaul, and I’ve included Brandon Lyon below despite the fact that he has yet to sign an actual contract. That appears little more than a formality at this point.

Once a point of complete speculation, the bullpen, with Lyon and friends in tow, now seems relatively straightforward. Though 40-man roster limitations may prevent all of the veterans listed below from making the team, most of them should be there come April 1. And outside of the bullpen, there really are very few position battles in camp.

The only major change that could occur between now and Opening Day would be if the Mets sign free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn. But that remains a long-shot.

C : John Buckbrandonlyonastros
1B: Ike Davis
2B: Daniel Murphy
SS: Ruben Tejada
3B: David Wright
OF: Lucas Duda
OF: Kirk Nieuwenhuis
OF: Mike Baxter
Bench: Collin Cowgill
Bench: Andrew Brown
Bench: Justin Turner
Bench: Brandon Hicks
Bench: Anthony Recker

SP: Johan Santana
SP: Jon Niese
SP: Matt Harvey
SP: Dillon Gee
SP: Shaun Marcum
RP: Frank Francisco
RP: Bobby Parnell
RP: Brandon Lyon
RP: Scott Atchison
RP: LaTroy Hawkins
RP: Pedro Feliciano
RP: Josh Edgin

In the running: C Landon Powell, 1B Josh Satin, INF Zach Lutz, INF Brian Bixler, INF/OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Matt den Dekker, RHP Greg Burke, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Elvis Ramirez, RHP Carlos Torres, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP Robert Carson, LHP Darin Gorski.

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Projecting the Opening Day roster, 1/29

Finally, some updates! The acquisition of Shaun Marcum changes things a bit, tempting me to bump Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen to make room for him. Instead, I chose to remove Mejia from the roster altogether; I believe the Mets are somewhat committed to keeping him stretched out as a starter, and he’ll only be able to do that at Triple-A.

The Mets also added a new face in reliever Scott Atchison, who expects to make the Opening Day bullpen and could bump any number of relievers out of it. I went with Greg Burke, though your guess is as good as mine at this point.

C : John Buck
1B: Ike Davis
2B: Daniel Murphy
SS: Ruben Tejada
3B: David Wright
OF: Lucas Duda
OF: Kirk Nieuwenhuis
OF: Mike Baxter
Bench: Collin Cowgill
Bench: Andrew Brown
Bench: Justin Turner
Bench: Brandon Hicks
Bench: Anthony Recker

SP: Johan Santana
SP: Jon Niese
SP: Matt Harvey
SP: Dillon Gee
SP: Shaun Marcum
RP: Frank Francisco
RP: Bobby Parnell
RP: Josh Edgin
RP: Scott Atchison
RP: Robert Carson
RP: Jeurys Familia
RP: Jeremy Hefner

In the running: C Landon Powell, 1B Josh Satin, INF Zach Lutz, INF Brian Bixler, INF/OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Matt den Dekker, RHP Greg Burke, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Elvis Ramirez, RHP Carlos Torres, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP Pedro Feliciano, LHP Darin Gorski.

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