With five more games in the books, the Mets' pitching staff slipped a bit in the Major League Baseball rankings. Their 3.53 ERA is seventh-best in the league, and their 3.65 FIP ranks eleventh. A week ago, the Mets were third and fourth in the league in those stats, respectively. That's the sort of drop that will happen when two of a team's starting pitchers get rocked.
That doesn't mean there weren't any good performances over the last week. Here's how each of the Mets' pitchers performed from April 8 through 14.
|Player||Last Week||This Week||Comment|
|Scott Atchison, RHP||With the Mets well ahead of the Twins on Friday night, Atchison came in and threw a pair of scoreless innings.|
|Greg Burke, RHP||Generally effective in three innings despite allowing one run over that span.|
|Josh Edgin, LHP||He wasn't perfect, but Edgin struck out five in four innings and didn't walk anybody. That's the Josh Edgin we were hoping to see heading into the season.|
|Dillon Gee, RHP||Well, whether or not Dillon Gee is a mid-rotation starter, he's not as bad as he was last week in Philadelphia.|
|Matt Harvey, RHP||Harvey's second and third outings were incredible. With three straight historically great starts to begin the year, it's safe to say "he's on fire!"|
|LaTroy Hawkins, RHP||Hawkins put up a scoreless inning in his first outing in Philly but got shelled in his second.|
|Jeremy Hefner, RHP||Maybe don't start Jeremy Hefner against the Phillies next time, Mets.|
|Aaron Laffey, LHP||With a scoreless inning to finish off the Mets' blowout of the Twins, Laffey improved to a 5.06 ERA in 5.1 innings with the Mets.|
|Brandon Lyon, RHP||Perhaps Lyon should get a shot to pitch more often. He had another good inning last week.|
|Jon Niese, LHP||Niese didn't handle the cold in Minnesota nearly as well as Harvey did. He picked a good day to have a bad day, though, as the Mets were scoring runs at will on Friday night.|
|Bobby Parnell, RHP||Captain Fastball racked up plenty of strikeouts but had a shaky outing in his first save opportunity of the season. Proven Closer material?|
|Scott Rice, LHP||Limited work with effective results. That works.|