At the end of each week of the baseball season, Meter Avenue is here to sum things up. It's far too early in the year to start comparing the Mets' team stats to the rest of the league, but it's never too early to take a peek at which of the team's players are doing well or poorly—or somewhere in between. We begin with the Mets' pitchers. There have been thirteen of them in the early part of this season, as the team has chosen to go with one extra arm in the bullpen and a four-man bench. You won't see Jenrry Mejia on the list below since he didn't appear in a game before he was suspended for eighty games.
|Player||Last Week||This Week||Comment|
|Jerry Blevins, LHP||--||The early returns on the left-handed specialist with the excellent Twitter avatar are good!|
|Buddy Carlyle, RHP||--||If not for the intricacies of minor league contracts, Carlyle might not have made the Mets’ roster. Of course, he got the save for the Mets on Opening Day, and with Jenrry Mejia gone for a while, Carlyle is probably here to stay after a very good stint in the big leagues last year.|
|Bartolo Colon,RHP||--||His first two starts went well, he had one of the best hits in recent baseball history yesterday, and he’s just pretty much the best.|
|Jacob deGrom, RHP||--||Last year’s National League Rookie of the Year had a pretty good first start. He’ll have better ones than that one, but the fact that the Mets lost the game he started was not his fault.|
|Jeurys Familia, RHP||--||Familia gave up a run in one of his three appearances, but the strikeouts and walks looked good this week—to the point that he had a -0.10 FIP.|
|Dillon Gee, RHP||--||There was plenty of hard contact against Gee in his first start. A few more of those and people will really want to see someone else in that spot in the rotation.|
|Sean Gilmartin, LHP||--||Gilmartin’s inclusion on the Opening Day roster might have been puzzling—and mights still be—but there’s no doubt he started his major league career off well with a couple of scoreless outings against the team that drafted him: the Braves.|
|Erik Goeddel, RHP||--||Called up after Jenrry Mejia was unable to pitch on Opening Day with pain in his elbow, Goeddel has thrown one-and-one-third scoreless so far. That works.|
|Matt Harvey, RHP||--||Harvey was getting the Dickey fireball unless things went really poorly in his first start. They did not, of course.|
|Rafael Montero, RHP||--||He’s given up two runs in three innings, which doesn’t really look good on the surface, but Montero has been generally impressive working out of the bullpen. Perhaps he should throw slightly fewer fastballs, but there might be a good season ahead here.|
|Jon Niese, LHP||--||A perfectly cromulent starting pitcher.|
|Alex Torres, LHP||--||A promising addition just before the season started, Torres didn’t make a great first impression. He’ll be okay.|
|Carlos Torres, RHP||--||An effective relief pitcher for the Mets for the past two years, Torres picked up where he left off last year. He still seems a little underrated on the whole.|
Stats from April 6 through April 12.