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Mets Player Performance Meter: Pitchers, April 24-30

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A quick review of how the Mets’ pitchers performed over the past week

New York Mets v Washington Nationals Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

It’s really not often than this happens in the current Mets era, but the team’s pitching was the worst in baseball over the last week with an 8.80 ERA. Much of that happened in the 23-run implosion in Washington yesterday, but those performances were absolutely not the only bad ones along the way.

On the whole, Mets pitchers struck out 9.61 batters per nine, but they walked a ton and gave up a staggering 2.45 home runs per nine. Yes, Kevin Plawecki’s cameo as a pitcher is included in those numbers, but things just weren’t very pretty.

Add up those rate stats and the team had a 6.00 FIP, which ranked 29th of the 30 teams in the game. I’m not sure whether that’s encouraging or depressing, but even without Noah Syndergaard for a while, the team’s pitching is obviously better than that.

And now, here’s how the individual pitchers did over the past seven days.

April 24-30

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Player Last Week This Week Comment
Jerry Blevins, LHP + - It wasn't a great week, buy tiny samples of relief pitcher stats are fun: 6.75 ERA, -1.48 FIP.
Jacob deGrom, RHP - + Although he gave up three runs in seven innings, deGrom again racked up strikeouts and continues to look really good this year.
Josh Edgin, LHP + + Edgin bailed out Jeurys Familia for a save in Washington and pitched 2.2 innings in total this week without being charged with a run.
Jeurys Familia = - Familia had a big problem with walks and just hasn't been his sharpest self on a consistent basis yet.
Sean Gilmartin, LHP + - Gilmartin had a 16.88 ERA for the week. If it's any consolation, that was not the worst and far from the only double-digit ERA on the team.
Robert Gsellman + - Joining Gilmartin in that department was Gsellman, who had an 11.25 ERA after his four-inning start.
Matt Harvey, RHP + - Harvey had his worst start of the year after the Mets told him mid-morning on Thursday that he was pitching in Syndergaard's place that day.
Kevin Plawecki, C - You can't knock a position player for getting rocked, but Plawecki threw one scoreless inning before the Nationals really made it look like he was throwing BP in his second inning.
Addison Reed, RHP + - Reed hasn't been dominant this year, almost solely because of the home runs he's allowed. He's striking out the world and barely walking anyone, but the results aren't there yet.
Hansel Robles, RHP + + With 3.2 scoreless innings this week, Robles is sitting on a 1.84 ERA for the season. It'd be nice if he cuts down on walks, though.
Fernando Salas, RHP - - Salas took the cake for the worst reliever by ERA with a 22.50. The Mets might need some bullpen help.
Josh Smoker, LHP - - Smoker's strikeout and walk rates looked good, too, but his home run rate was also bad, as was his 12.27 ERA in 3.2 innings.
Noah Syndergaard = - Move along, nothing to see here.
Zack Wheeler, RHP + + It's tough to be all positive about a pitcher when he doesn't get through five innings and has as many walks as strikeouts, but Wheeler pitched just well enough in his lone start.