Mets Player Performance Meter, Week 14: Pitchers

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Jon Niese #49 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Not long ago, starting pitching was the Mets' greatest strength. Lately, it's the team's biggest weakness. The bullpen has been the worst in baseball all year, but the starting rotation has dropped from fourth to seventh in Major League Baseball in ERA.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Miguel Batista, RHP He got the DFA treatment after his horrible start on Saturday. He exits the player meter with a 14.73 ERA and very appropriate 1:1 K/BB ratio.
Pedro Beato, RHP Beato's not pitching much, but he looks decent enough.
Tim Byrdak, LHP Byrdak had 5 K in 3.2 IP, but he still gave up a pair of runs in that time for a 4.91 ERA.
R.A. Dickey, RHP Dickey had a good-not-great start and then gave up a two-run home run in relief to give him a 5.40 ERA for the week.
Josh Edgin, LHP He allowed a run in 3 innings, but he notched 3 more strikeouts. In his very young major league career, Edgin's at 15.2 K/9.
Frank Francisco, RHP Francisco is apparently nearing a rehab assignment, and he would give the bullpen a boost if he returns.
Dillon Gee, RHP There's not much to report here, but Gee's doing well after surgery and is highly unlikely to return this year whether the Mets are in a wild card race or not.
Jeremy Hefner, RHP Hefner was rocked in relief on Saturday and steps into the Mets' rotation in a couple days.
Jon Niese, LHP Niese was the rotation's best pitcheer by far with 11 K and 0 BB in 14 innings spanning a pair of starts. He allowed just 4 runs for a 2.57 ERA.
Bobby Parnell, RHP Parnell didn't walk anyone in three appearances but did hit a batter and give up a pair of runs.
Elvin Ramirez, RHP Recalled from the minors yesterday, Elvin issued a walk to the first batter he faced. He struggles with control, if you hadn't heard.
Ramon Ramirez, RHP Ramirez allowed 6 runs and issued 4 walks in just 4.1 innings. He hasn't even come close to the expectations for him at the beginning of the season.
Jon Rauch, RHP Rauch has quietly been one of the Mets' best pitchers lately.
Johan Santna, LHP Santana is on the DL now, but before he got there, he was shelled for the third consecutive start. Here's hoping his ankle was entirely responsible for his poor performance.
Chris Young, RHP Young's lone starts was a six-inning, two-run event, which is a perfectly acceptable result for a Chris Young start.

This week's player meter covers games from July 16 through 22.

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