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Mets Player Performance Meter, Week 9: Pitchers

There's no better pitcher in baseball right now than R.A. Dickey.
There's no better pitcher in baseball right now than R.A. Dickey.

To judge the Mets' pitching staff as a whole would simply be unfair to the team's starting pitchers. While the bullpen's 5.46 ERA is still the worst in baseball, the starting rotation has a 3.62 ERA, fifth-best in MLB. This week's player meter covers games between June 7 and 14.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Miguel Batista, RHP Supposedly Terry Collins' new setup man, Batista allowed two runs in the ninth inning yesterday and turned an easy victory into a very stressful one. He shouldn't be the setup man.
Tim Byrdak, LHP It wasn't a typical week for Byrdak with 0 K and 2 BB, but he threw 2.1 innings without allowing a hit or run.
R.A. Dickey, RHP Dickey continued his incredible run with 20 K and 2 BB in 16.1 innings, allowing just 1 unearned run. He damn near threw a perfect game in Tampa.
Frank Francisco, RHP Francisco wasn't dominant by any means, but he was good enough to get the job done in his three appearances.
Dillon Gee, RHP Gee gave up 3 runs in 7 innings in the Bronx on 5 K and 3 BB, which really should have been good enough for the Mets to pull off a win.
Jeremy Hefner, RHP The Mets kept Hefner on the roster but didn't use him this week.
Jon Niese, LHP Niese had another very good start — 7 K, 1 BB, 6 IP — and now has a 3.69 ERA on the season.
Bobby Parnell, RHP Parnell had 3 K in 2.2 innings but was charged with 3 runs, a 10.12 ERA on the week.
Elvin Ramirez, RHP Ramirez had a slow, agonizing outing against the Yankees after Santana departed. His scoreless inning in the Mets' 11-2 win over the Rays didn't make up for it.
Ramon Ramirez, RHP Still hurt from celebrating Johan's no-no.
Jon Rauch, RHP After calling out the haters on Twitter, Rauch went out and saved Santana from his second straight disastrous start by getting out of Johan's bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the sixth inning yesterday.
Johan Santana, LHP Santana gave up 4 home runs against the Yankees and struggled against the Rays. Here's hoping his next start is a lot better than those two.
Chris Young, RHP Young's start in Tampa Bay was his second since returning to the Mets, and he probably would have pitched longer than 5.2 innings if his outfielders hadn't lost a few early fly balls in Tampa's dome roof.