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Mets player performance meter: Pitchers, Week 5

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We promise it'll actually be about pitching, not just Bart's homer.

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Save for Jacob deGrom, the Mets' rotation had itself a nice week. The team went 4-3 largely due to some streaky offense, but it appears the pitching is ready to turn the corner and bust out. As sample sizes grow, so too does our love for Bartolo Colon's strikeout-to-walk rate. It's all starting to coalesce, as the Mets have sole control of first place in the NL East.

Matt Harvey, Antonio Bastardo, and Steven Matz are trending up this week.

This meter covers the Mets' games from Monday, May 2, through Sunday, May 8.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Antonio Bastardo Lets talk about that Sunday appearance. Bastardo entered the game with a one-run lead, bases loaded, and nobody out. He proceeded to strike out Derek Norris, get Melvin Upton to hit an infield fly, and strike out Alexei Ramirez. No damage done, and a close win secured. That's more like it.
Jerry Blevins Blevins was the Jon Jay specialist this week, as all three of his appearances came against the Padre outfielder. He struck him out twice, but allowed a single that more than offset the two strikeouts.
Bartolo Colon
Bartolo Fireball
Everyone bask in his warm glowing warming glow. Bartolo has the best strikeout-to-walk rate in the NL by pitchers not named Clayton Kershaw, and was masterful in throwing eight shutout innings against the Braves. He gave up a home run against San Diego, but he also hit one to take it back and then some.
Jacob deGrom deGrom struggled again this week, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out just two against the Padres. His fastball velocity is still down and his slider hasn't been nearly as effective in getting players to chase out of the zone.
Jeurys Familia Jeurys was 2-for-2 in save chances. He allowed a run against the Braves but accumulated +22% WPA for the week.
Matt Harvey Harvey saw his velocity tick up on Sunday in a dominating performance. The 10-strikeout, two-earned-run performance over six innings made up for a rather pedestrian start earlier in the week against Atlanta. Save for one bad pitch, Harvey was fantastic on Sunday. Paired with some reversal of fortune in BABIPand strand rate luck, he might just be back to full strength.
Jim Henderson Henderson had a weird week. His strikeouts were down, but he also didn't walk anybody. He allowed an runner to score on a balk, but it was the only run he allowed. -3% WPA matches the eye test.
Steven Matz
Bartolo Fireball
Matz was dominant in his start this week, striking out eight and walking none in 7.2 innings. A game score of 88 is a great showing. Also, the Colon fireball is here to stay. ALL HAIL THE COLON FIREBALL!
Addison Reed Reed struck out darn near everyone he got out this week, but the ones he didn't got on base in tight scenarios. He ended the week with a team-low -19% WPA, but got bailed out of giving up any runs.
Hansel Robles Robles had just two appearances but stranded all inherited runners and did not allow a hit.
Noah Syndergaard Thor struggled a bit against the Padres, striking out a season-low five and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. He still has a 1.56 FIP for the season.
Logan Verrett Verrett was used rather heavily this week and was mostly adequate. His defense hurt him in allowing one run, but the homer to Derek Norris was all him. -4% WPA from your long reliever is pretty much the definition of a sideways arrow.