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Mets Player Performance Meter: Pitchers, Week 7

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Over the past week, there were some signs that the Mets' rotation might be improving, and Bobby Parnell was excellent once again.

Jeff Curry

The Mets' pitching staff has been in a rut for over a month, and despite some positive signs from the starting rotation over the past week, the team's pitching staff has still been one of the worst in the game. Its 4.54 ERA ranks 26th in baseball, and its 4.17 FIP ranks 21st.

Mets starting pitchers have compiled a 4.41 ERA and 4.03 FIP, while the bullpen has a 4.77 ERA and 4.40 FIP. So the bullpen has been a bit worse than the rotation, but both have been below average. This week's player meter covers the Mets' seven-game road trip through St. Louis and Chicago, during which they won three games.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Scott Atchison, RHP Perhaps the first victim of the Mets' overburdened bullpen, Atchison hit the DL with pain in his pitching elbow.
Greg Burke, RHP -- Recalled to help an overworked bullpen, Burke made 4 appearances totaling 3.2 innings. He allowed just one hit, no walks, and had a pairs of Ks.
Robert Carson, LHP He served up 3 home runs in just 4 innings of relief work. Yikes.
Jeruys Familia, RHP There hasn't been an update on Familia, who hit the disabled list last week with biceps tendinitis.
Dillon Gee, RHP He compiled an 8.00 ERA in two starts, but there's a little bit of silver lining as his fastball velocity was better and he struck out 11 in 9 innings of work.
Matt Harvey, RHP Just another day at the office for Harvey: 7.1 IP, 6 K, 0 BB, 2 R.
LaTroy Hawkins, RHP His lone one-inning appearance was eventful: 2 K, 2 BB, and 1 run allowed.
Jeremy Hefner, RHP In a pair of starts, Hefner pitched a total of 10 innings, gave up 7 runs, walked 6, and struck out 5.
Brandon Lyon, RHP He didn't pitch much but didn't do much of note when he did, either.
Shaun Marcum, RHP After a string of terrible starts coming off the disabled list, Marcum finally put together a good one. If he's healthy, there should be more of those to come.
Collin McHugh, RHP -- Making his first appearance with the Mets this year, McHugh gave up 5 hits and 3 runs in a two-inning relief appearance against the Cubs.
Jon Niese, LHP If the Mets are going to turn things around this year, they'll need Niese to pitch like he did in his most recent start.
Bobby Parnell, RHP Parnell has been nothing short of excellent this year, and this week was no exception.
Scott Rice, LHP He's still making appearances at an absurd clip, and the results weren't so great this week as he gave up a couple runs in 3.1 innings.