Mets Player Performance Meter: Pitchers, Week 4

Jim McIsaac

The Mets' pitchers excelled over the last seven games.

Mets pitchers had a very good week. The team’s 2.25 ERA was the fourth-best in baseball over the last seven days, and as a result, the Mets were able to go 5-2 against the Cardinals and Marlins. Four weeks into the season, Mets starting pitchers rank ninth in baseball with a 3.46 ERA. And the bullpen, which ranks twenty-second with a 4.08 ERA, could find itself moving up to the middle of the pack with another week or two of mostly-effective work.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Bartolo Colon, RHP Colon’s lone start of the week was excellent: 7 innings, 8 strikeouts, zero walks, and just one run allowed. Aside from his nightmare outing against the Angels—which can’t just be written off but hopefully just an aberration—his starts have either been pretty good or great.
Jeurys Familia, RHP He only threw two innings but gave up just a hit and a walk with one strikeout and no further damage. He’ll need to pitch more often to keep the rest of the bullpen fresh, though.
Kyle Farnsworth, RHP While he still good numbers on the year, Farnsworth had a bad week, giving up five hits and a couple of runs, including what turned into the game-winning run in the tenth inning on Saturday night.
Dillon Gee, RHP In a pair of starts, Gee threw 14 innings with a 1.29 ERA, 10 strikeouts, and 6 walks. Ideally, the walks would be lower
Gonzalez Germen, RHP Germen struck out four and walked one in four innings, but he gave up a couple of home runs, too.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP The bullpen experiment is still working, as Matsuzaka struck out four, walked two, and didn’t allow any hits in 2.2 innings. And he got the first save of his major league career in the process. Okay!
Jenrry Mejia, RHP Mejia had one very good start, and he had another one going through five innings on Saturday. Unfortunately, the sixth inning turned that start from good to bad in a hurry. It happens.
Jon Niese, LHP With one run allowed in 6.2 innings, Niese was good again. He has a 2.45 ERA and 3.43 FIP through four starts.
Scott Rice, LHP In for appearances totaling two innings, Rice didn’t allow so much as a baserunner.
Carlos Torres, RHP With five more outings, Torres has been used about as frequently as Pedro Feliciano was in 2010. But the results so far have been great, and this week was no exception. Let’s hope he just gets a little more rest in the month of May.
Jose Valverde, RHP He only pitched once and gave up a run in that inning of work. Like Familia, Valverde will have to pitch more frequently, or be replaced, if the Mets want their other relief pitchers to remain effective.
Zack Wheeler, RHP In the second-best start of his young career by game score, Wheeler struck out ten and walked three in six innings on Friday night. He’s down to a 3.99 ERA on the season with peripherals that suggest he could very well improve that number.
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