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Mets Player Performance Meter, Week 12: Pitchers

The Nose knows how to pitch.
The Nose knows how to pitch.

The Mets' rotation has been the team's biggest strength all year, and its 3.39 ERA is now the third-best in Major League Baseball. Its 3.66 FIP ranks fourth in baseball, just barely behind the third-ranked Dodgers.

The bullpen, of course, is another story. After a couple weeks of ERA improvement, its 5.11 ERA is back on the wrong side of five and still the worst in baseball. Even if it eventually catches up to its 4.12 FIP, the bullpen still won't be very good in comparison to the grand majority of the league.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Miguel Batista, RHP Batista only recorded two outs but was responsible for three baserunners and two runs.
Tim Byrdak, LHP It wasn't Byrdak's finest week, but that will happen when he isn't used strictly to get left-handed hitters out.
R.A. Dickey, RHP After a one-start bump in the road, Dickey returned to his dominant self, striking out ten and walking just one in eight scoreless innings of brilliance.
Frank Francisco, RHP Still on the disabled list with an oblique strain, I bet you didn't think you would miss him right about now.
Dillon Gee, RHP One of these days, Gee will string together a few great starts.
Justin Hampson, LHP Hampson gave up one run in his only appearance and didn't record an out. He was designated for assignment earlier this week.
Jeremy Hefner, RHP Hefner had an 8.10 ERA in 3 IP before he was sent to Buffalo yesterday.
Jon Niese, LHP With an eight-inning start — hey, that's a theme around here — Niese now has a 3.35 ERA on the season.
Bobby Parnell, RHP Parnell didn't strike anyone out, but he threw two perfect innings.
Ramon Ramirez, RHP Ramirez had just one outing, recorded one out, and gave up two runs on one hit and one walk.
Jon Rauch, RHP Rauch threw a couple of scoreless innings, which works.
Johan Santana, LHP Santana matched Dickey with eight scoreless innings of work in his lone start.
Chris Young, RHP In a pair of starts, Young had 9 K, 0 BB, and a 3.38 ERA. The big question with Young is always his ability to stay healthy, but his performance has been great, relative to his role, since his return.

This week's player meter covers games between June 28 and July 4.