Mets Player Performance Meter, Week 6: Pitchers

May 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

After a 3-3 road trip through Toronto and Pittsburgh, the Mets return home at 24-20. They are tied with the Miami Marlins for third place, just two games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals and 1.5 games behind the second-place Atlanta Braves.

As a whole, the pitching staff's 4.47 ERA ranks 14th in the National League, but the team's 3.84 FIP ranks 11th, and its 3.66 xFIP ranks 4th. With time, that ERA should come down. This week's player meter covers games from May 17 through May 23.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Manny Acosta, RP Acostalypse now, Acostalypse later, and Acsotalypse forever. It's getting increasingly difficult to defend the guy's overall performance in two-plus seasons with the Mets.
Miguel Batista, SP A 40-something-year-old pitcher got injured? You don't say.
Tim Byrdak, RP The Byrd's outings are short but oh so sweet. He's now struck out 40% of opposing hitters on the season.
Robert Carson, RP You may not have noticed that Carson was with the Mets this week.
R.A. Dickey, SP With 19 K and 1 BB in his pair of starts, Dickey was simply brilliant this week.
Frank Francisco, RP Frankie Frank got back on track with four scoreless outings.
Dillon Gee, SP The strikeouts were there, but the walks were high. Still, Gee's pitching a whole lot better than his 5.44 ERA suggests.
Jeremy Hefner, RP/SP Set to make his first start as a big leaguer this evening, Hefner took over for Batista after his injury in Toronto and pitched well against a very good lineup for five innings.
Rob Johnson, C It's always fun to watch a position player pitch, and it's even better when he pitches a one-two-three inning.
Jon Niese, SP These two starts were about as up and down as a pitcher can get. Niese allowed 4 HR in Toronto but just 1 run in 7.2 innings in Pittsburgh.
Bobby Parnell, RP Parnell was mostly dominant but gave up a pair of runs in the Mets' victory in Toronto on Sunday. His K/BB on the season is now 7.0.
Ramon Ramirez, RP Fifty points of grission to you if you can remember when he made his one appearance this week.
Jon Rauch, RP More weeks like this one, please: 3.1 IP, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 HR.
Johan Santana, SP Santana continues to rack up strikeouts but had a hard time putting away the Pirates' "lineup" in his lone start. Eh, it happens.
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