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Mets Player Performance Meter: Pitchers, April 3-9, 2017

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Let’s look at how the Mets’ pitchers performed in the opening week of the season.

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Welcome back to Meter Avenue! It’s been a while. This year, we’re ditching the tables that you’ve grown accustomed to seeing in this series for a new format. Those tables will be missed, but they would generally look pretty awful on a bunch of devices that you use regularly. So we hope you find the new format a lot easier to read.

Now, the Mets’ pitching staff generally had a great first week of the season. There were some struggles mixed in, too, but the Mets’ 3.32 ERA as a team was the eighth-best in baseball. Their collective 2.82 FIP was the best.

Let’s run through the individual performances from the week of games that ran from April 3 through 9.


Player Last Week This Week Comment
Player Last Week This Week Comment
Noah Syndergaard Syndergaard made two starts, both of which were dominant. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out sixteen batters in thirteen innings. He has a 0.69 ERA and 0.53 FIP at the moment.
Jerry Blevins Blevins got into three games, totaled one-and-two-thirds innings, and didn’t allow any runs.
Jacob deGrom deGrom threw six scoreless innings in his first start of the year, a game the Mets eventually lost in extra innings. But that certainly wasn’t his fault, and he looked really sharp.
Josh Edgin Edgin might have to prove he belongs to stick at the major league level before Jeurys Familia returns—or hope someone else proves the opposite—and got off to a good start with three scoreless innings.
Matt Harvey Harvey went six-and-two-thirds innings, and he only gave up two runs, both of which scored on solo home runs by Matt Kemp. He wasn’t a strikeout machine, but he was incredibly efficient.
Addison Reed Reed pitched three times and finished the Mets’ opening week without allowing a run or walking anyone.
Fernando Salas Salas has appeared in five of the Mets’ six games thus far, a completely unsustainable rate, but has been great in all of those outings. The 0.00 ERA and 1.07 FIP look really good. Here’s hoping he gets some rest soon, though.
Robert Gsellman Gsellman wasn’t awful by any means, but he gave up three runs in six innings in his first start of the season. The strikeouts were there, but there was more hard contact than you’d want in a game.
Rafael Montero Montero pitched a total of 4.2 innings and wound up with a 7.71 ERA. It actually felt like he did a little worse than that.
Hansel Robles Robles looked shaky throughout the week and finished it with a 7.71 ERA and more walks than strikeouts.
Paul Sewald Sewald got called up to the big leagues for the first time but had a rough first appearance. He came out of it with one out recorded and a 54.00 ERA.
Josh Smoker Smoker didn’t have any problem with strikeouts, but his 10.80 ERA on the week wasn’t ideal.
Zack Wheeler Wheeler looked fantastic in the first inning but fell apart after that in his first major league start since 2014, which is understandable. That left him with an 11.25 ERA for the week. The Mets will need him to be better than that, obviously.