As the Mets work their way toward completing a lost season, it’s all about individual performances. Players are essentially going through a better-attended version of spring training this September, trying to prove that they belong in the plans for a 2018 version of the Mets that should be built in a way that the team can contend. That’s far from a guarantee, but there are currently a ton of open spots on the roster, which makes these things at least somewhat interesting.
Jerry Blevins had a 0.00 ERA, and now that the Mets are past the deadline by which teams would have had to acquire him to include him on a playoff roster, it seems safe to assume he’ll be back with the club next year via the reasonably-priced team option that the Mets have on him.
Chasen Bradford still has pretty good overall numbers thus far in the big leagues, but this week was no help to those stats. He gave up seven runs in just 2.1 innings, a 15.43 ERA for the week.
In his major league debut, Jamie Callahan struggled, as he gave up two runs—one earned—in two-thirds of an inning. That’s far from the end of the world, though, considering he was facing the Astros.
Jacob deGrom had a 4.50 ERA for the week after giving up four runs—three earned—in six innings.
Jeurys Familia has not been good since returning from the disabled list, and he had a 5.40 ERA over the course of three outings totaling 3.1 innings.
Speaking of struggles, Chris Flexen made two starts and finished the week with a 14.54 ERA. It is far, far too soon to call him a bust at the major league level, but it seems that he probably needs a bit more time in the minors to continue his development before he’ll have his best shot at major league success.
Like Jacob deGrom, Erik Goeddel had a 4.50 ERA for the week.
Right now, it looks like Matt Harvey just won’t ever be the pitcher that he was before his Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery. That could change at some point down the road, but in his first start since hitting the disabled list early in the season with a shoulder injury, Harvey gave up seven runs, all of them earned, in two innings.
With a 7.20 ERA in his lone start ,Seth Lugo was not the worst pitcher in the rotation but certainly didn’t fare well, either.
Tommy Milone took over for Harvey once his start ended, but he gave up three runs in 2.2 innings.
Rafael Montero was, without question, the Mets’ best pitcher over the course of this week. He threw 8.1 innings without allowing a run and ran out of gas in the ninth. Over his last five outings, one of which came out of the bullpen, he has a 2.77 ERA in 26.0 innings with 24 strikeouts and 12 walks.
Kevin Plawecki pitched again! And this time he threw an inning without being charged with a run.
AJ Ramos only threw a total of one inning in two appearances but did so without allowing any runs.
Jacob Rhame had a successful major league debut with 1.1 scoreless, and believe it or not, Hansel Robles threw a pair of scoreless innings of his own.
Paul Sewald did not pitch this week.
Josh Smoker did, though, and he didn’t allow any runs in three appearances.
Noah Syndergaard made the first outing of his rehab stint with the GCL Mets and should have enough time left to make it back to the mound for the Mets before this season ends.