By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on April 19, 2014
Although we're merely through a half month of the six-month long MLB regular season, we have seen some great individual pitching performances and some not-so-great ones. The New York Mets' starting pitching has kept the team in most games, but the bullpen frequently pours gasoline on the fire, which has cost the Mets several victories already. Here are the early-season grades.
Jenrry Mejia, the late winner of the Mets' fifth starting spot, has been a fifth starter in name only. Mejia has the best ERA among Mets starters in the early going, posting a 2.81 clip to go with a 10-plus K/9. Mejia will need to cut down on the walks as he has walked 11 batters in his first 16 innings, but he's managed to dance around trouble.
The Mets entered the season not knowing for sure whether Jonathon Niese would even make his first start or go to the DL after a dead arm period in Spring Training. Not only did Niese start the season, he's right on Mejia's heels for the best ERA among Mets starters and has looked very sharp in his first few starts, allowing only 21 baserunners in 19 innings.
Zack Wheeler, one of the Mets' bright young pitchers, is starting his first season in the big leagues, and people who expect him to be an anomaly like Matt Harvey need to be patient with his development. Wheeler's numbers are skewed by one bad start in Atlanta, but he needs to be more efficient with his pitches.
Dillon Gee has been perhaps the best Mets pitcher -- through the first five innings. In three of his first four starts, Gee has wilted late in the game as he approaches 100 pitches, and he needs to be able to pitch deeper into games to save the Mets' beleaguered pen some work. Gee has managed to keep the Mets in every game he has started, so he just needs to sharpen his focus the further into his pitch count he goes.
Bartolo Colon was absolutely rocked last week in Anaheim, surrendering three home runs in the first inning and nine runs total in only five innings of work. As a result, much like Wheeler, Colon's numbers are severely skewed because of that abysmal outing. In his other two starts, Colon was good enough for the Mets to win, which they did after his gem against Atlanta. He's battling some difficult family news, so that could be weighing on him.
The Mets bullpen, for what seems like the seventh consecutive season, has proven to be a glaring weakness for the team. While Carlos Torres, Kyle Farnsworth, and Gonzalez Germen have proven themselves to be fairly consistent, the rest of the bullpen has been a house of horrors for New York. Scott Rice and the recently demoted John Lannan were awful and de facto closer Jose Valverde has been very homer-prone in the early going.
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