3 Up & 3 Down: The They’re Baaaack Edition

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After the cold and snowy winter those of us here in the New York have endured, is there a better sight than Opening Day at Citi Field? Even that was a bit touchy, as winter gave us one last snowy blast last Monday morning. So, after their opening homestand the Mets find themselves at 2-4 coming against two projected playoff caliber teams. Here are the 3 & 3 from the homestand.

3 Up:

Ike Davis: After finding out Friday night that Lucas Duda would be the starting first baseman for the foreseeable future, Ike sat on Friday and watched Duda hit a pair of two-run homers. However, Saturday afternoon belonged to Ike. Bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, Ike is called upon to pinch hit and boom… a walk-off, grand slam home run and our number one “Up”.

Lucas Duda: As mentioned above, Duda was Friday night’s star of the game, hitting two, count em, two home runs in the Met’s first win of the season. For now Lucas is the first baseman, let’s just hope he produces in his new role.

Starting Pitching: One of the keys for the 2014 Mets will be their starting pitching. How far can their pitching carry them? How far can the starters go in a game? So far so good. Dillon Gee twice, Colon, Mejia, Wheeler, and Niese have all been very good in the early going.

3 Down:

A Leaky Pen: The bullpen was exposed as a weakness during the opening series with Washington. Of particular note was Monday’s extra inning loss. Add to the ineffective bullpen the loss of Bobby Parnell, and the Mets may have a big problem getting out of the starting blocks.

Too Many K’s: In the first two games against Washington, the Mets struck out 31 times. That’s never a good thing. The Nationals have an elite pitching staff, no doubt, but the Mets need to cut down on those league-leading strikeouts. You’re not going to win too many games, if you don’t make contact.

Much Ado About Nothing: Daniel Murphy ( a 3&3 favorite), caught a bunch of nonsense because he missed two games to be with his wife and newborn son. This is the same guy who played 161 games last year! It’s amazing how the windbags on talk radio will make an issue out of the most abstract things. The MLBPA felt so strongly about it’s members being able to spend quality time with their new families, they negotiated paternity leave into their contract. As long as the MLBPA is for it, and the owners agree, it’s a non-issue.

The AAA road trip (Atlanta, Anaheim, and Arizona) is up next. We’ll catch you again at some point during the road trip, until then: LET’S GO METS!

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  • Big Daddy D

    Juan Lagares should be in the 3 Up section somewhere. Can’t ignore Super JL.

  • Vegas has the odds of Ike repeating in the MMO ‘3 up’ section sometime this season at 328 : 1.

  • Chuck

    Then you better put your $10 on that! LOL … that is funny, Schneck, but I think (and hope) you’ll be proven wrong, by Ike himself. Either way, LGM!

  • Alex68

    3 up:
    Juan
    La
    Gares

    3 Down:
    Mets Owners
    Sandy
    TC

  • The ‘pen and the striking out regularly are great causes for alarm. The starting pitching, Wright, and Lagares will help us get through yet another LOSING (not rolling spellcheck, “losing”) season.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    So far our 1B production is a good as anyone’s, but our production from catcher is about as bad as anyone’s.

  • philmaldahyde

    is rolling another word for bad?

  • Fixed it. Sorry about that.

  • Carlton Krinkle

    I’m warming up to that Juan fella. Just the other day, I was drunk and accidentally knocked my last beer off my coffee table, and I could have sworn that Lagers leapt in through my window and caught that bottle before it hit the floor.

    I could be making that last part up (memory is hazy) but point is that kid covers so much damn ground that it could have happened.

  • Alex68

    It’s actually the Worst… 22 PA 19 AB 0 HITS BA .000 2 RUNS 2 BB 7 SO .090 OPS

  • coyote521

    It should be renamed Three Strikes.
    That’s what the Mets specialize in offensively. And until the Three Stooges
    (Sandy, Terry and Hudgens) leave town, we’re going to be looking at a lot of them.

    Strike One:
    The Mets
    have 61 k’s in 6 games. Only two teams have struck out more and they’ve played 2 or 3 more games.

    Strike Two:
    the Mets
    have the lowest batting avg (178) in MLB.

    But not to worry., say the brainiacs in charge, Batting avg is over rated. A walk is as good as a hit.

    only
    The Mets aren’t doing much walking lately either.

    the On Base Pct is also the lowest in MLB.

    That’s three strikes,
    Sandy.

  • Gregg H.

    Ike is not a favorite of mine, so take those odds, it’s doubtful we’ll be seeing him as up anytime soon.

  • Endy10

    i would have had him in there before duda i think. nothing to take away from duda, but he only has 2 hits so far, although he was a good chunk of half the mets wins.

    frankly i’m just happy that i can think of more than 3 bright spots for the mets

  • FalseHustle

    True. All that matters, however, is that Ike has done just enough to convince the Mets to hang on to him for even longer.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Fearless Leader,

    Looks like a lot of new “core” members agreeing with you.

    Know what I like? That the fans are giving the biggest rounds of applause to the ones on Sandy’s shyte list – Ike, Lucas, Ruben and Juan. Know it won’t last but for this first week, I think it’s a “gut reaction” to the smear tactics against them and to the organization. I know these four have sort of become my sentimental favorites too – no doubt in part thanks to Sandy.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Carlton,

    I didn’t know SNY was broadcasting the games in 3D……

  • Joey D.

    Hi Gregg,

    How about a three down including Bartolo Colon’s first performance? Second time around for the lineup and it was almost like tee-ball.