There's no better pitcher in baseball right now than R.A. Dickey.
To judge the Mets' pitching staff as a whole would simply be unfair to the team's starting pitchers. While the bullpen's 5.46 ERA is still the worst in baseball, the starting rotation has a 3.62 ERA, fifth-best in MLB. This week's player meter covers games between June 7 and 14.
|Player||Last Week||This Week||Comment|
|Miguel Batista, RHP||Supposedly Terry Collins' new setup man, Batista allowed two runs in the ninth inning yesterday and turned an easy victory into a very stressful one. He shouldn't be the setup man.|
|Tim Byrdak, LHP||It wasn't a typical week for Byrdak with 0 K and 2 BB, but he threw 2.1 innings without allowing a hit or run.|
|R.A. Dickey, RHP||Dickey continued his incredible run with 20 K and 2 BB in 16.1 innings, allowing just 1 unearned run. He damn near threw a perfect game in Tampa.|
|Frank Francisco, RHP||Francisco wasn't dominant by any means, but he was good enough to get the job done in his three appearances.|
|Dillon Gee, RHP||Gee gave up 3 runs in 7 innings in the Bronx on 5 K and 3 BB, which really should have been good enough for the Mets to pull off a win.|
|Jeremy Hefner, RHP||The Mets kept Hefner on the roster but didn't use him this week.|
|Jon Niese, LHP||Niese had another very good start — 7 K, 1 BB, 6 IP — and now has a 3.69 ERA on the season.|
|Bobby Parnell, RHP||Parnell had 3 K in 2.2 innings but was charged with 3 runs, a 10.12 ERA on the week.|
|Elvin Ramirez, RHP||Ramirez had a slow, agonizing outing against the Yankees after Santana departed. His scoreless inning in the Mets' 11-2 win over the Rays didn't make up for it.|
|Ramon Ramirez, RHP||Still hurt from celebrating Johan's no-no.|
|Jon Rauch, RHP||After calling out the haters on Twitter, Rauch went out and saved Santana from his second straight disastrous start by getting out of Johan's bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the sixth inning yesterday.|
|Johan Santana, LHP||Santana gave up 4 home runs against the Yankees and struggled against the Rays. Here's hoping his next start is a lot better than those two.|
|Chris Young, RHP||Young's start in Tampa Bay was his second since returning to the Mets, and he probably would have pitched longer than 5.2 innings if his outfielders hadn't lost a few early fly balls in Tampa's dome roof.|