Mets Player Performance Meter, Week 8: Pitchers

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets celebrates after pitching a no hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals at CitiField on June 1, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Johan Santana pitches the first no hitter in Mets history. Mets defeated the Cardinals 8-0. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

It was quite a week for the Mets' starting pitchers, whose collective 3.71 ERA is now the sixth-best in the National League. Their 3.64 FIP ranks seventh, and their 3.49 xFIP ranks third.

The bullpen, however, had a rough stretch, thanks in part to the fact that it was very shorthanded for the team's first game in Washington. The bullpen's 5.38 ERA on the season is still the worst in the National League by nearly a full run. As has been the case all along, their 3.82 FIP suggests they'll get better, but they haven't looked it yet.

This week's player meter covers games from May 31 through June 6.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Miguel Batista, RHP The only run charged to Batista was unearned, but 3 K and 3 BB wasn't all that great.
Tim Byrdak, LHP Byrdak's been misused a bit of late, facing right-handed hitters too frequently, and his 10.80 ERA this week shows it.
R.A. Dickey, RHP Dickey topped his past few starts with a complete-game shutout the day after Johan's no-hitter. He had 9 K and 0 BB, bringing his totals over his last four starts to 38 K and 2 BB. Amazing.
Frank Francisco, RHP With 4 K, 0 BB in 2.2 IP, Francisco had a fine week. Sure, he gave up a game-tying single on Tuesday night, but it wasn't Francisco who put the runner on second base.
Dillon Gee, RHP If not for the outstanding performances of Santana, Dickey, and Niese, Gee might have stood out more with yet another strong starts. He continues to get strikeouts and limit walks.
Jeremy Hefner, RHP Hef was neither great not horrible in his start against Washington last night.
Jon Niese, LHP Coming off a poor start, Niese struck out 10 and walked just 1 in 6 innings. It was one of those starts that makes his future look bright.
Bobby Parnell, RHP Parnell's control was off this week as he walked 3 and threw a wild pitch in his 3 innings. He struck out 3, but his success depends heavily upon his ability to limit walks.
Elvin Ramirez, RHP The rookie reliever showed signs of greatness with a few impressive strikeouts, but he fell apart in his second inning of work in the Mets' debacle of a game on Tuesday.
Ramon Ramirez, RHP Ramirez hit the DL after hurting his quad running out of the bullpen to celebrate Johan's no-hitter. Collateral damage.
Jon Rauch, RHP Rauch got shelled on Monday and didn't make the road trip to Washington to rest his pitching elbow because there's debris in it. A DL stint would shock no one, but it hasn't happend yet.
Johan Santana, LHP Johan Santana threw a no-hitter? Johan Santana threw a no-hitter!
Chris Young, RHP Young was decent in his first start back since his shoulder surgery, and he'll be in the rotation so long as he can stay healthy.
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