On-Base Perception

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Matt Harvey and Adam Warren used to be teammates

Adam Warren, left, and Matt Harvey, right, during

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Alabama-born and North Carolina-educated, Adam Warren looks straight ahead and flashes that friendly Southern smile.

Matt Harvey, the Connecticut kid, sits expressionless, his body slightly tilted, as though he’s in a hurry to get somewhere else.

The description of Warren could come from the Yankees clubhouse where the righthander has weathered some bumps to put himself in contention...

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Is this why Lucas Duda won the first base job?

Mets' Ike Davis, left, and Lucas Duda kneel

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When news began trickling out that the Mets were going to give one of their first basemen an extended look at the position, most assumed the winner would be Ike Davis.

Until it was Lucas Duda.

A team insider confirmed to Newsday’s Marc Carig that it would indeed be Duda receiving the long look, saying “we want to see what he can do for an extended period of time.”

There wasn’t...

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Matt Adams gets robbed by fan

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams falls

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Fan interference is as much a human part of the game as missed calls by umpires before the latest replay rules came into effect -- just ask St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams.

With runners on first and second in the bottom of the third inning, the Cincinnati Reds' Chris Heisey popped a ball down the first base line in foul territory. Adams leaned over the tarp and into the stands...

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Lucas Duda to start at first base Friday vs. Reds, source says

Lucas Duda looks on after striking out against

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After using three different first baseman in their first three games of the season, the Mets have committed to giving an extended look to Lucas Duda.

Duda will start at first base against the Reds on Friday, a team insider confirmed, which pushes Ike Davis out of the picture for now. The two competed for the job during spring training, though both suffered injuries that limited their at-bats.

Davis...

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National disaster: Mets' numbers bad in opening series

Ruben Tejada walks back to the dugout after

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The Mets are off to a terrible start just three games into the season. They stand at 0-3 after getting swept by the Washington Nationals on Thursday, and these numbers show why.

Bullpen ERA: 10.62

Batting average: .179

Batting average with RISP: .143

Strikeouts: 39

Nationals' batting average: .304

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Noah Syndergaard may see relief work in minors

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a warmup pitch

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Even Thor himself may be sent to the bullpen to make occasional relief appearances.

As a means of limiting their innings, the Mets’ Triple-A starters may occasionally work as relievers while. And that group includes top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.

On Wednesday, general manager Sandy Alderson discussed the Mets’ young crop of pitchers and how they may ultimately help the team...

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Mets' 0-2 start is bad, historically

Mets' David Wright looks up as he

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The record after their first two games was historically bad. The record following the third won't bode well for a successful season either.

After falling to the Nationals on Wednesday, it wouldn't have been much of a stretch to say the Mets were off to their worst start since 1965.

Yes, that would be the worst start in 49 seasons.

That's because the Mets have started the season...

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Daniel Murphy returns, plus actual Mets baseball news

Daniel Murphy is congratulated by teammates in the

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Daniel Murphy will return to the Mets lineup on Thursday, presumably bringing a measure of comfort and relief to those who have have made it their business to criticize the second baseman for tending to a private matter such as the birth of a child.

Of course, it wasn’t the comfort or relief of those folks that Murphy was considering when he exercised his collectively bargained right to go...

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Welcome to Strikeout Citi

Curtis Granderson walks back to the dugout after

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Outs are outs. And strikeouts are just another kind of out.Yes, making contact leads to productive outs, moving runners over, sac flies, all that good stuff. But contact also creates the possibility of hitting into rally-killing double plays. Anyway, the point is, a whole bunch of strikeouts on their own aren’t necessarily something to freak out about.This is particularly true for teams such as...

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On Viola, Murphy, Niese and more

New York Mets Daniel Murphy infielder photographed during

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Frank Viola is resting comfortably with his family, the Mets announced on Wednesday, when the East Meadow native underwent heart surgery.

“From that standpoint, we’re all extremely pleased,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said of Viola, who had been promoted to Triple-A pitching coach after drawing raves for his work at Class-A Savannah.

-- Second baseman Daniel Murphy is expected...

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