Where is the real Jeremy Hefner and what have you done with him? Quite frankly, I don't care. Jeremy Hefner is pitching like a man possessed. He is really showing that he belongs in the majors. It's amazing to think that if Johan Santana would have been healthy, Hefner would most likely have been stuck in AAA or in the bullpen. I think that Jeremy Hefner has heard fans and media talk about how he doesn't belong in the majors all season and he finally did something about it. If you don't believe me, take that up with his stats.
Since the game against the Atlanta Braves on May 24th, Jeremy Hefner has pitched to a record of 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, a SO/9 of 7.53, and most important for me, he has only given up 5 HRs. Up until that game, Hefner had given up 8 HRs. The home runs were killing Hefner. in the early season. In April, he had 3 multi home run games, but since May, he hasn't allowed more than 1 in any game. Another number that's down is his walks. Before May 24th, he had 18 BBs, but since then, he has only 9. Cutting the walks in half is important for Hefner since he doesn't have "blow you away" stuff. If he wouldn't have had that dreadful beginning to the season, he would have forced his way into the All Star Game. Could you even imagine? If I would have told my fellow Mets fans that on July 8th, Jeremy Hefner would be the Mets second best pitcher with Dillon Gee a very close third, I would have gotten laughed out of Citi Field. However, I am speaking the truth. Jeremy Hefner has been consistently good since that game in Atlanta. For the Mets' 5th starter, I will take that any day.
So is this for real? It's hard to say, but I'm going to say yes. Since pitching extremely well against two very good teams (Braves and Yankees) in back to back starts, I think Hefner believes that he can beat any team on any given day. His confidence is up, his velocity is up, and most importantly, he's putting the Mets in a position to win. Hefner has only failed to make it to the 6th inning one time during this span and that was against the Cubs when the Mets were down 3-0. He's going deep into ball games, and he's limiting the damage which the Mets need in order to win. Will this continue until the end of the season? Maybe not, but I'm happy just riding the wave until it dies out.