This week, the Mets took a series from Bartolo's rookie team, and saw dominant performances from Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. Logan Verrett had an excellent spot start, and Matt Harvey's struggles continued. There is certainly some wonderful small sample size over-analysis at play, but what fun is an event without ascribing far too much value to it?
The bullpen was certainly a bit overtaxed from Matz's short start, but as a whole performed relatively well. Regression came quickly for Jim Henderson, unfortunately, but we can hope that was a blip. The team took two of three from the Indians and looks to be on the rise. They'll have to do so with the mound men leading the way, so there were certainly encouraging signs.
This meter covers the Mets' games from Monday, April 11, through Sunday, April 17.
|Player||Last Week||This Week||Comment|
|Antonio Bastardo||Bastardo had a very bad game last Monday (along with the rest of the roster), allowing four straight batters to reach base and eventually giving up a homer to Marcell Ozuna. He rebounded against the Indians, recording four straight outs.|
|Jerry Blevins||Blevins finally allowed a baserunner and a run as a Met, but it was the only run he allowed in 2.1 innings. An 11.59 K/9 with no walks was a nice touch, as well.|
|Bartolo Colon||Big Sexy pitched against the team with whom he made his major league debut back when I was in pre-school, and turned in 5.1 innings of two-run ball, striking out five and walking just one. Not bad for a fifth starter.|
|Jacob deGrom||deGrom didn't pitch last week due to the birth of his first son and some subsequent complications. Jaxson deGrom's condition has improved greatly as he may be released from the hospital today, and dad was throwing in Florida last week.|
|Jeurys Familia||Familia recorded two saves last week, one in which he was used very heavily. However, he was far from his usual, dominant self. He walked more batters than he struck out and allowed a bevvy of hits. He'll be fine.|
|Matt Harvey||Harvey struggled again this week, allowing five runs in 5.2 innings. He doesn't look himself so far, as he's struggled greatly with commanding his stuff. Remember, again, that it's very very early.|
|Jim Henderson||A week after looking unhittable, Hendo was quite the opposite this week. He didn't strike anyone out and struggled with his control, walking multiple batters.|
|Steven Matz||--||Matz had a very Jekyll and Hyde week. He opened up the season with the worst start of his MLB career, and ended it with arguably his best. We'll split the difference and give him something neutral, though he's very clearly the guy from the latter start.|
|Rafael Montero||--||Called up to the taxi squad provide help for an overworked bullpen, Montero was roughed up for two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings in his lone appearance.|
|Addison Reed||Addy struck out seven, but allowed two runs and four hits in 4.1 innings. Call it a wash.|
|Hansel Robles||Robles had a very interesting week himself. He struck out eight in 4.1 innings, but also allowed seven baserunners. He only gave up one earned run though, and a .500 BABIP against means it's certainly not all his fault.|
|Noah Syndergaard||Please Thor, don't hammer 'em. Noah struck out 12 and walked one, allowing one run on seven hits across seven innings. He's good at pitching.|
|Logan Verrett||Verrett had an excellent spot start in place of deGrom, throwing six innings of shutout ball while allowing three hits and striking out six. An excellent performance from the 25-year old.|