The Mets’ pitching staff has been banged up and disappointing this season, but there have been some bright spots mixed in. And the way they pitched from last Monday through Sunday illustrated the wide variety of outcomes, with a couple of pitchers making good or great starts and a couple of pitchers getting shelled. Here’s how they did individually over this stretch.
Jerry Blevins bounced back from a rare bad week with an excellent one, as he didn’t allow any runs over four appearances and struck out four batters in two-and-two-thirds innings. Hello, again, Jerry!
Jacob deGrom had one of the better starts of the year by a Mets pitcher with seven scoreless innings, nine strikeouts, and three walks. His strikeout rate is still very high—12.29 per nine/32.3 percent—and his ERA sits at 3.56. Here’s hoping the latter continues to drop.
Josh Edgin finished the week with a 3.86 ERA, which isn’t that bad.
We probably won’t see Jeurys Familia on the mound for quite some time as he recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot.
Robert Gsellman did much better in three total innings out of the bullpen than he had done in his recent starts.
While he showed some promising signs, Matt Harvey still had a bad start. It’d be a big help to the Mets if he could look a bit more like his past self than he has so far this year.
It looks more and more like Tommy Milone isn’t a viable major league starting pitcher, especially coming off his brutal outing on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Rafael Montero might not be a viable major league pitcher himself, and he had a 4.91 ERA with as many walks as strikeouts in 3.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Continuing with the trend in this part of the alphabet, Neil Ramirez did not look the part of major league pitcher when he made his Mets debut in a game that he quickly turned from an easy win into a stressful save for Addison Reed.
And speaking of Addison Reed, the closer threw four innings and didn’t allow any runs of his own, though he did allow all three runners that Ramirez left to him to score.
Hansel Robles has just been awful lately after starting the year really well. In a bullpen that was much, much deeper than the one the Mets are rolling out now, his status in the big leagues probably wouldn’t be guaranteed.
He didn’t strike anyone out, but Fernando Salas pitched one-and-two-thirds inning without issue.
Paul Sewald might be the second-best right-handed reliever the Mets have. He struck out four and walked one in two-and-two-thirds scoreless innings.
It’ll be a while before we get any substantial update on Noah Syndergaard, but he is clearly missed.
Zack Wheeler gave up eleven hits and issued six walks over eleven innings, but with eleven strikeouts, he managed a 2.45 ERA for the week. He’s clearly the second-best starter the Mets have in their rotation right now.