Seventeen games into the season, the Mets' pitching staff sits in the middle of the big league pack thanks to a prety awful week. The team surrendered a boatload of runs in three games in the ice cold city of Denver before returning home to host the Nationals.
The pitching staff as a whole now ranks fourteenth in baseball with a 3.84 ERA and twenty-fourth with a 4.53 FIP. Just a week ago, they ranked seventh and eleventh in those categories, respectively. Wild statistical fluctuations happen more easily in April, of course, but the Mets' drop in performance was significant.
Here's how each of the Mets' pitchers did over the past week, which included the series in Colorado and the series at home against Washington.
|Player||Last Week||This Week||Comment|
|Scott Atchison, RHP||"Are we there yet?" said Mets fans as Atchison drove the station wagon that is the Mets' bullpen.|
|Greg Burke, RHP||The side-arming righty had a bad week and found himself in Las Vegas as a result.|
|Josh Edgin, LHP||The strikeouts are there, but everything else is out of whack. He allowed a staggering 5 hits and 7 runs in just 2.1 innings.|
|Jeurys Familia, RHP||--||Recalled to replace Burke, Familia surrendered two hits, a walk, and a run in just one-third of an inning.|
|Dillon Gee, RHP||1 Good Start + 1 Bad Start = Sideways Arrow|
|Matt Harvey, RHP||With another great start against the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg, Harvey kept his fantastic stretch going. The seventh inning jam he escaped was perhaps his most impressive inning of his young career.|
|LaTroy Hawkins, RHP||An excellent week for Hawkins, who has yet to issue a walk this season.|
|Jeremy Hefner, RHP||He gave up a pair of runs in the Mets' bullpen meltdown on Thursday and had a not-so-good start against the Nationals on Saturday. HELLO, HELLO, MR. WHEELERS?!?|
|Aaron Laffey, LHP||In a start and a relief appearance, Laffey had all sorts of problems with command and got designated for assignment.|
|Brandon Lyon, RHP||Of Sandy Alderson's free-agent bullpen additions in his time with the Mets, Lyon looks like he could be the best one.|
|Jon Niese, LHP||You may not have noticed that Niese threw six innings and allowed three runs on Thursday since the Mets' bullpen turned a close game into a blowout loss.|
|Bobby Parnell, RHP||It's good to see Parnell pitching even better this year than he did last year. He, too, has yet to walk an opposing hitter, which is a big part of his current 0.33 FIP for the year.|
|Scott Rice, LHP||Rice has found himself in high-leverage situations, and although he walked way too many guys this week, he mostly made out okay.|