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Mets Player Performance Meter, Week 11: Pitchers

The Nose was better than either Johan or Dickey this week.
The Nose was better than either Johan or Dickey this week.

You know the drill. The Mets' starters have been very good, and the bullpen has been awful. But sooner than later, the bullpen might work its way out of the ERA cellar. With a 5.09 ERA, the Mets' relief staff has a reasonable chance to surpass the Marlins and Phillies. As for the starting rotation, its 3.55 ERA ranks fourth in Major League Baseball, and its 3.70 FIP ranks sixth. Hooray for pitching!

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Miguel Batista, RHP Please, Terry Collins, do not use Batista in important situations.
Tim Byrdak, LHP The often hilarious lefty didn't allow a baserunner and recorded four outs in his two appearances.
R.A. Dickey, RHP Dickey's amazing stretch was bound to come to an end at some point.
Frank Francisco, RHP  Francisco notched a relatively stress-free save before hitting the disabled list.
Dillon Gee, RHP Gee's ERA had been on a steady decline since May 15, but he undid much of his good work with a 5-inning, 4-run outing.
Justin Hampson, LHP  Called up to the bullpen a few days ago, Hampson gave up 3 hits and 1 unearned run in a pair of appearances.
Jeremy Hefner, RHP Hefner really doesn't pitch very often, but he had 2.1 scoreless innings with 2 K and 0 BB. That'll work.
Jon Niese, LHP  In 13.1 innings over two starts, Niese had 11 K, 2 BB, and gave up 3 runs for a 2.02 ERA. One more start like that, and he'll have a sub-3.50 ERA.
Bobby Parnell, RHP With Frank Frank on the shelf, Parnell is easily the Mets' best relief pitcher.
Ramon Ramirez, RHP Ramirez threw a couple scoreless innings to finish the Mets' rout of the Cubs yesterday, but the main positive here is that he's healthy.
Jon Rauch, RHP Rauch gave up 5 runs in 1.2 innings, but 4 of them were unearned. Still not a good week.
Johan Santana, LHP Johan may not have been dominant, but he still notched 6 K and allowed only 2 runs in his six-inning start.
Chris Young, RHP  Young was cruising in his start but lost it in his final inning, yielding 3 runs. His 3.42 ERA over four starts has been a pleasant surprise, and when he starts tonight, it will be the first time he's made more than four starts in a season since 2009.

This week's meter covers games from June 21 through 27.