The New York Mets are once again in the middle of a nice run that has seen them win five of their last six games. While taking two out of three from the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets pitching staff has clearly shown that they are a force to be reckoned with going forward. Just look at their stats over the past couple weeks and you will see that with a little more offensive help, this team can be a playoff contender in 2013.
The Mets staff over this seven game span has an ERA of 2.00 with allowing opponents a miserly .208 batting average. Even the worst bullpen in MLB has a streak of 13 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing only six hits. R.A. Dickey was absolutely phenomenal last night pitching a complete game shutout of the Miami Marlins while allowing only five hits.
If you go back to the Washington Nationals series when the Mets lost two out of three, with the exception of Johan Santana, this staff has been brilliant. Even during the four game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, the starters pitched well enough to win any or all of those games if their hitters were not shut down by a terrible staff. To give you an example, Colin McHugh pitched 7 innings with only allowing 2 hits and a walk, while striking out nine. He received a no decision against the Rockies.
Jeremy Hefner, against the Houston Astros, pitched 8 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1ER, 1 walk and struck out seven in his no decision. These performances may be wasted in 2012, but the Mets can not afford to waste them in 2013. One or two more quality bats in the lineup, and the Mets will be able to play with anyone in the league because of their starting staff.
The Mets have decided to go with a six man rotation for the rest of the year that will include Dickey(will pitch every fifth day), Jonathan Niese, Chris Young, Hefner, Matt Harvey and McHugh.
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