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Mets Player Performance Meter: Pitchers, Week 8

A review of the Mets' pitching performances of the past week.

Al Bello

The Mets' pitching staff was a bit of a mixed bag over the past week, but for the season, the team has allowed 4.94 runs per game, the worst mark in the National League and the third-worst in all of baseball. The Mets' poor defensive play has something to do with that rate, of course, but bad pitching is the surest way for a team to surrender runs.

The Mets' 4.53 ERA ranks 27th in baseball, but the team's 4.12 FIP is slightly more respectable at 19th. This week's player meter covers the team's past six games, from May 20 through 26.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Scott Atchison, RHP The bullpen's dad is still on the disabled list but is expected to return this week.
Greg Burke, RHP In 3 scoreless innings, Burke struck out 4 and walked 1. He's been excellent since he was brought back to the big leagues
Robert Carson, LHP He only made one appearance this week, giving up a run in the process, and it wouldn't be surprising if the Mets sent him to the minors again soon.
Jeurys Familia, RHP Like Atchison, Familia is close to returning to the mound. Unlike Atchison, he might be optioned to Las Vegas when he's ready.
Dillon Gee, RHP With another poor start—5 innings, 5 runs allowed—Gee could be the odd man out when it's time for the Mets to promote Zack Wheeler.
Matt Harvey, RHP Even Harvey is human, though his worst start of the year still wasn't that bad.
LaTroy Hawkins, RHP He did allow a solo home run, but he didn't allow any other runs in 4 innings out of the pen this week.
Jeremy Hefner, RHP You'll take 6 innings, 7 K, 2 BB, and 2 runs allowed from Hefner when you can get it.
Brandon Lyon, RHP It's been a bit of a see-saw season for Lyon, who struck out 5 and walked 1 this week but had a 6.00 ERA in 3 innings.
Shaun Marcum, RHP With a stellar 12-strikeout performance against the Braves, Marcum totaled 19 K and 1 BB across 13 innings. His 4.15 ERA in them wasn't ideal, but he looks much better than he did in his first several starts of the year.
Collin McHugh, RHP He only threw an inning but gave up a run on a solo home run.
Jonathon Niese, LHP Niese is looking better and better with each start, and a gradual return to his career numbers is a very welcome sight.
Bobby Parnell, RHP After getting rocked by the Reds in an appearance, Parnell twice threw a scoreless frame against the Braves this weekend. The latter was last night, as he set down the middle of the Braves' lineup in order to notch a save.
Scott Rice, LHP It's hard to knock Rice, who has been overworked since the first week of the season, but he struggled in 2.1 innings this week.