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Mets Player Performance Meter: Pitchers, May 8-14

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

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Considering the expectations coming into this season, even those that were on the conservative side, what the Mets have gotten out of their pitching staff thus far is incredibly surprising. With the season now in the middle of May, the Mets have allowed 5.64 runs per game, the highest mark in baseball by nearly half a run per game.

They made things worse over the team’s 2-4 stretch against the Giants and Brewers. Mets pitchers had a 6.53 ERA over that stretch, the second-worst mark in baseball, better than only the Phillies. The strikeouts weren’t lacking, as Mets pitchers notched 9.53 of those per nine innings pitched, but they gave up a staggering 2.12 home runs per nine.

The absence of several pitchers—Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo—has undoubtedly made all of this more difficult than it could have otherwise been. But what the Mets are getting out of the guys who are in the rotation has been disappointing, too.

And here’s how each pitcher did this week.

May 8-14

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Player Last Week This Week Comment
Jerry Blevins, LHP + - He had a 13.50 ERA.
Jacob deGrom, RHP - - There were plenty of strikeouts, but he finished the week with a 5.25 ERA over two starts.
Josh Edgin, LHP + - He had a 13.50 ERA, too.
Jeurys Familia + INJ Familia had an 11.75 ERA and then found out he had an arterial blood clot in his shoulder that required surgery. He'll be out for a while.
Robert Gsellman - - Gsellman was brutal again, and he would undoubtedly have lost his spot in a healthy Mets rotation by now.
Matt Harvey, RHP - Harvey came off his suspension and pitched poorly, as he had in his previous couple of starts.
Tommy Milone, LHP + With two runs allowed over five innings in his first start with the Mets, Milone had one of the better starts for a Met in the month of May.
Rafael Montero, RHP = Still on the roster, Montero had a 3.38 ERA over 2.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Addison Reed, RHP + - Reed took part in the bullpen meltdown yesterday and finished the week with a 6.75 ERA.
Hansel Robles, RHP + - Robles is the third Mets reliever who had a 13.50 ERA for the week. Yikes.
Fernando Salas, RHP + - He had a 6.00 ERA for the week.
Paul Sewald, RHP + + One of the few bright spots the Mets had on the mound this week, Sewald had a 3.00 ERA.
Noah Syndergaard INJ INJ It'll still be several weeks before Syndergaard can do baseball things.
Zack Wheeler, RHP + Wheeler gave up just one run in six innings despite walking as many batters as he struck out.