Mets Player Performance Meter: Pitchers, Week 5

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Mets pitchers struggled mightily on their road trip, especially in three of the four games they played in Colorado.

It's not a good thing when your team has a 6.17 ERA over the course of any week, but that's what the Mets did in five road games over the last seven days. As a team, their strikeout and walk numbers looked okay, but they gave up seven home runs in just five games. Despite the overall poor performance, though, there were a couple of bright spots here.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Bartolo Colon, RHP For the second time this year, Colon got shelled, giving up seven runs in four-and-two-thirds innings of work. Let’s hope a return to sea level helps him.
Jeurys Familia, RHP Famillia gave up a run in three-and-one-third innings and just two hits in total, but what’s most encouraging here is that he struck out four and didn’t walk anyone. A few more weeks like that, and Familia might find himself the Mets’ closer.
Kyle Farnsworth, RHP Farnsworth threw a scoreless frame on Friday night, but he gave up the game-winning home run on Saturday night after the Mets had come back from an onslaught of Rockies runs.
Dillon Gee, RHP Gee’s up to the task this season, as he made another good start. What makes this one more impressive is that it was, by far, better than the starts his teammates made at Coors Field.
Gonzalez Germen, RHP Germen made just one two-inning appearance, but it went well. He struck out three, walked none, and yielded just one hit and no runs.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP The bullpen experiment is still working out, and Daisuke seems to warm up—with or without his cap—during every game the Mets play.
Jenrry Mejia, RHP For the second straight start, Mejia was great for a few innings before melting down. This time, he gave up eight runs in the fifth inning to turn a six-run lead into a two-run deficit in a hurry.
Jon Niese, LHP With just one run allowed on a home run in seven innings of work, Niese’s sole start of the week went very well. He now has a 2.20 ERA and 3.59 FIP on the season.
Scott Rice, LHP That makes a few weeks in a row of solid performance from Rice, who appeared just twice over the last seven days. He actually got a full week between appearances before entering Saturday’s game.
Carlos Torres, RHP It’s hard to knock Torres too much for it, but in his second inning of work during the Rockies’ Friday night blowout of the Mets, he gave up three runs. His appearance yesterday with two men on base went just fine, though.
Jose Valverde, RHP In a couple of appearances, Valverde struck out two, walked none, and didn’t allow any runs to score. Whether or not he’ll stick in the big leagues for the rest of the season depends on his ability to avoid giving up home runs.
Zack Wheeler, RHP Like Colon and Mejia, Wheeler had a rough go of it in Colorado. He gave up seven runs and issued a couple of walks in four innings of work with just one strikeout.
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