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Mets 3, Cardinals 2: Three Up, Three Down

Crazy game. Crazy garbage wind tornado.

Three Up
1. Jon Niese: 
Really nice start by Niese, who wasn’t as flashy as Michael Wacha but was a whole lot more efficient. He’s quietly been the Mets’ best starter since returning from the disabled list.

2. Travis d’Arnaud: In addition to reaching base three times, d’Arnaud saved the game for the Mets with his swipe tag on Matt Carpenter at the plate. A tough tag, and a good one.

3. Lucas Duda: The offense needed thump, and Duda provided it. The way this lineup is going, any home run is good enough for an “Up” right now.

Three Down
1. David Wright: Another 0-for-4 and three more strikeouts. As hot as Wright was earlier this month, he’s suddenly just as cold.

2. Kyle Farnsworth: Though Farnsworth ultimately earned the save, he needed Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada and d’Arnaud to bail him out with perfect execution on a relay. Farnsworth gave up as many hits (three) as he recorded outs.

3. Carlos Torres: IfI were managing, I would have kept Daisuke Matsuzaka in for at least the eighth inning, and maybe the ninth. As it was, Terry Collins turned to Torres, who struggled with two hits in 2/3 innings.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +4
Anthony Recker +3
Ike Davis +2
Jenrry Mejia +2
Carlos Torres +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1

Dillon Gee +1
Gonzalez Germen +1
David Wright +1

John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Kyle Farnsworth -2
Chris Young -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Jose Valverde -3
Curtis Granderson -4
Daniel Murphy -4

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Mets 2, Cardinals 0: Three Up, Three Down

Mejia plus Rice plus Torres plus Farnsworth equals shutout.

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Three Up
1. Jenrry Mejia:
His health remains a big “if,” but Mejia is pitching dynamite ball. His career-long scoreless innings streak currently stands at 13 2/3.

2. Travis d’Arnaud: In addition to catching a shutout, d’Arnaud came through with two hits and an RBI at the plate. His offense finally seems to be turning a corner.

3. Ruben Tejada: Props to Tejada for two fine defensive plays. He’s still having a dreadful season, but perhaps Monday’s game was the start of something better.

Three Down
1. Curtis Granderson: The boos are growing louder every day. To Granderson’s credit, he is making no excuses.  But he’s now mired in an 0-for-21 funk.

2. Chris Young: After reaching base on an error in the sixth, Young nearly killed the Mets’ best rally when Yadier Molina caught him attempting to advance on a would-be wild pitch. He made the first out of the inning at third, a definite  baseball no-no.

3. Eric Young: This is a tough “Down,” considering Young finished 1-for-4 with a run scored. But he also left the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth, at a time when the Mets could have broken open the game.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Jon Niese +3
Anthony Recker +3
Carlos Torres +3
David Wright +3
Ike Davis +2
Jenrry Mejia +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1

Travis d’Arnaud -1
Lucas Duda -1
Kyle Farnsworth -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Scott Rice -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Zack Wheeler -1

Jose Valverde -2
Chris Young -2
Curtis Granderson -3
Eric Young, Jr. -3
Daniel Murphy -4

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Angels 5, Mets 4: Three Up, Three Down

This one took 11 innings.

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Three Up: Josh Satin, Carlos Torres, Travis d’Arnaud
Three Down: Dillon Gee, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +3
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Carlos Torres +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
Jon Niese +1
Anthony Recker +1
Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Lucas Duda -1
Jeurys Familia -1
Dillon Gee -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
John Lannan -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Daniel Murphy -3

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Three Up, Three Down: The Lost Episodes

All sorts of apologies for the lack of updates here, as I was sidelined by a nasty virus (probably the same one that has affected several Mets players this month). Here’s what I missed:

April 9: Braves 4, Mets 3
Three Up: Juan Lagares, Jeurys Familia, David Wright
Three Down: Zack Wheeler, Ruben Tejada, John Lannan

April 10: Mets 6, Braves 4
Three Up: Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Carlos Torres
Three Down: Travis d’Arnaud, Ruben Tejada, Jenrry Mejia

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +4
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Andrew Brown +1
Bartolo Colon +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
Jon Niese +1
Anthony Recker +1
Carlos Torres +1
Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Lucas Duda -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Josh Satin -1
Zack Wheeler -1
John Lannan -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Eric Young, Jr. -2
Travis d’Arnaud -3
Daniel Murphy -3

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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 Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 1

Highest and lowest Mets fWAR scores through Week 1, according to the web site Fangraphs.com:

1. Juan Lagares, 0.4
2. Jose Valverde, 0.3
3-(t). David Wright, 0.1
3-(t). Lucas Duda, 0.1
3-(t). Gonzalez Germen, 0.1
3-(t). Jon Niese, 0.1
3-(t). Jenrry Mejia, 0.1

17-(t). Dillon Gee, -0.1
17-(t). Wilmer Flores, -0.1
19-(t). Travis d’Arnaud, -0.2
19-(t). Eric Young, Jr., -0.2

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Reds 2, Mets 1: Three Up, Three Down

A day late never hurt anyone…

Three Up
1. Ike Davis: 
In his first start since Opening Day, Davis finished 2-for-4. His reward will be a trip back to the bench for Tuesday’s series opener in Atlanta.

2. Jon Niese: Niese’s return from the disabled list was by most measures a success, despite the sixth-inning struggles that ultimately cost him the win. A better offensive performance would have greatly reduced the impact of that.

3. Kyle Farnsworth: Farnsworth actually didn’t pitch as well as Gonzalez Germen or Jose Valverde, the other two relievers to appear in Sunday’s game. But he has come through with two consecutive scoreless outings since Opening Day, perhaps positioning himself to gain a more prominent role going forward.

Three Down
1. Daniel Murphy: If Murphy is going to play poorly defensively, he must hit as well as ever. Right now, he’s not; an 0-for-4 Sunday dropped his OPS to .579 in four games.

2. Curtis Granderson: Another 0-for-4 dropped Granderson’s average to .167, with a .617 OPS and eight strikeouts in 25 plate appearances. Through one week, he’s been worth precisely 0.0 wins above replacement.

3. Travis d’Arnaud: After Sunday’s game, d’Arnaud said that he blamed himself for the loss. That may be a little harsh, but his 0-for-15 to start the season isn’t doing anyone any favors.

Season Standings
Juan Lagares +3
Ike Davis +2
Gonzalez Germen +2
Andrew Brown +1
Kyle Farnsworth +1
Jenrry Mejia +1
Jon Niese +1
Anthony Recker +1
Jose Valverde +1
David Wright +1
Jeurys Familia -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Josh Satin -1
Ruben Tejada -1
Travis d’Arnaud -3
Daniel Murphy -3
Eric Young, Jr. -3

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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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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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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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