Mets Player Performance Meter: Pitchers, Week 17

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets' bullpen had a very good week, but the team's starting rotation struggled a bit.

With a little less than two months left in the 2013 season, Mets pitchers are still performing reasonably well. The team's starting pitchers have a 3.85 ERA that ranks 14th in the league, and although they've dropped to 8th with a 3.68 FIP, they're just barely trailing several other teams in the category.

The Mets' bullpen still ranks in the bottom third of the league with a 3.75 ERA and 3.96 FIP, but both numbers are a significant improvement over where they were at the end of May. Over the last thirty days, Mets relief pitchers have combined for a 2.14 despite a 3.88 FIP.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
David Aardsma, RHP When Bobby Parnell hit the shelf with neck soreness, Aardsma was plugged in to the closer’s gig and had a couple of his worst outings of the year. Whoops.
Scott Atchison, RHP Atchison’s return from the disabled list didn’t generate a ton of excitement, but like many of his bullpen peers, he’s been good lately.
Josh Edgin, LHP Edgin threw a scoreless frame before a stress fracture in his ribs forced him to the disabled list.
Pedro Feliciano, LHP -- He’s back! And he pitched in back-to-back games already, of course, because he’s a left-handed relief pitcher playing for the Mets.
Dillon Gee, RHP Although his strikeouts have gone missing for several starts, Gee turned in seven innings and gave up just one run in his lone start this week. He now has a 3.97 ERA and a 4.19 FIP for the year.
Gonzalez Germen, RHP Germen gave up a pair of runs in just four innings of work with three strikeouts and a walk. He has not yet allowed a home run in the big leagues, however, and has a surprisingly good 2.81 FIP in 13.1 innings for the season.
Matt Harvey, RHP Until the sixth inning, Harvey was once again dominant. He struck out eight Marlins and walked none, but he was charged with three runs and didn’t finish the sixth.
LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Quietly effective all year, Hawkins threw 3.2 scoreless innings this week. He’s down to a 2.98 ERA and 3.47 FIP for the season, both of which are good.
Jeremy Hefner, RHP In two starts, Hefner was at least a little bit better than he had been in his previous starts.
Jenrry Mejia, RHP Mejia’s start was okay—not dazzling like his first with the Mets this yer—but encouraging because he issued just one walk in six innings. He’s a much more intriguing player without a major walk rate problem.
Jon Niese, LHP Niese made another rehab start, this time for St. Lucie, and struck out four, walked none, and threw four scoreless innings. He just might be back soon.
Bobby Parnell, RHP Parnell’s performance was just fine, though it looks like he’s about to hit the disabled list, prompting the promotion of Wilmer Flores to the bigs.
Scott Rice, LHP This might be the first time Rice has received back-to-back green arrows since April. After a brutal month of June, Rice had a 1.35 ERA and 2.14 FIP in July.
Carlos Torres, RHP Bumped back to the bullpen, Torres was effective in 3.2 innings of work. It’d be nice if he proves he’s capable of sticking in that role.
Zack Wheeler, RHP The good: Wheeler’s 3.75 ERA, 10 K, and 1 HR allowed in 12 innings over two starts. The bad: 6 runs and 8 walks. The Mets’ inability to play defense hurt him a lot, but Wheeler is still a work in progress in the big leagues. And that’s okay.
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