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Mets Player Performance Meter, Week 2: Pitchers

If Jon Niese can keep it up, the Mets' contract extension with him will look even better than it already does.
If Jon Niese can keep it up, the Mets' contract extension with him will look even better than it already does.

After a very hot start to the season, the Mets' pitching staff had a rough week. Three of the five members of the rotation had one very bad start, and Mike Pelfrey is now on the disabled list with swelling in his pitching elbow. There were, however, some bright spots among the pitchers.

The Mets' 3.81 ERA ranks tenth in the National League, but the team's 3.42 FIP and 3.58 xFIP each rank fourth. There should be some improvement in the ERA department, but the Mets' defense is likely cost the pitchers more than a few runs over the course of the season.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Manny Acosta, RP He only pitched in low-leverage situations, but Acosta gave up only one run in 4.2 innings of work.
Miguel Batista, RP A pair of effective relief appearances have gone by the wayside after Batista's awful spot start against the Giants on Monday. He's lucky to have a 6.23 ERA right now.
Tim Byrdak, RP Like most of his peers, Byrdak had a bad day in Atlanta last Wednesday, but over his last three appeareances, he has 4 K and just 1 BB in 2.0 IP.
R.A. Dickey, SP Dickey was tattooed in Atlanta but has a chance to bounce back this evening against Miami.
Frank Francisco, RP In his last four outings, Francisco has 1 K, 4 BB, and a 16.20 ERA over 3.1 innings. He looked better last night, but his perfection at the beginning of the season was short-lived.
Dillon Gee, SP Like Dickey, Gee had a really bad start. Strikeouts and walks were fine, but he gave up a whole bunch of hits and runs.
Jeremy Hefner, RP
In his major league debut, Hefner threw three scoreless innings of relief.
Jon Niese, SP Niese's start against the Giants wasn't quite as good as his first two, but his 2.89 ERA through three starts is supported by his peripherals.
Bobby Parnell, RP He gave up two runs and five hits in three innings, but Parnell avoids the red arrow for his 7 K and 1 BB in those appearances.
Mike Pelfrey, SP Big Pelf's last start was excellent, but "MRI" and "pitching elbow" in the same sentence could spell doom for his season.
Ramon Ramirez, RP The strikeouts and walks were there, but the results still weren't ideal. Untraid Pagone!
Jon Rauch, RP He's not striking very many opponents out, but Rauch is keeping them off the bases.
Johan Santana, SP His start last night was so good that it completley erases the poor one last week in Atlanta.