Ike Vegas watch:
2-for-8, 2 BB, 3K, 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .250 BA, .400 OB%, .375 SLG, .775 OB+SLG
Gee's ERA has dropped from 6.34 to 4.84 in his last three starts. He's actually the one guy who's gotten some luck too...he's now 5-6. Numbers over his last three: 21 IP, 19 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 26 K. Good stuff. At any rate, he's making Collins' decision as to who comes out of the rotation that much more difficult. I'm guessing the guy who gets taken out is Hefner (if the Mets don't go with a six-man for the forseeable future), mostly because I think the Mets think Gee has the higher upside, and will chalk up his earlier struggles to coming back from injury, being rusty, etc. And Marcum, when healthy, is a good #3, and I think has a good chance to get dealt by the deadline. No way Niese is losing his job, nor should he (last four starts: 27 IP, 27 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 18 K, 0 HR, 1.67 ERA).
It's funny, with all of the losing the Mets have been doing, it's easy to forget that they've been getting good starting pitching lately, from everyone:
Harvey goes without saying...2.10 ERA overall. Has only given up 3 ER once, and 4 ER twice. 2 ER or less in all of his other starts.
Niese: 1.67 ERA in his last four
Marcum: Last four starts and that marathon relief appearance: 34.1 IP, 27 H, 13 ER, 4 BB, 33 K, 2 HR, 3.41 ERA
Gee: 1.29 ERA in his last three
Hefner: 3.86 ERA as a starter overall, though he did give up five unearned runs in his last start.
Good news about all of this is that, if everyone can stay healthy, Mets might be able to trade one of these arms to a contender...it would/should probably be Marcum. Clearly Harvey and Niese aren't going anywhere, and Gee and Hefner aren't battle-tested veterans who are going to attract attention...I'm guessing one of them could be moved in an off-season package for an outfielder. Marcum has a track record and his deal is a one-year bargain...he's an ideal 2013 rental.
Unfortunately, despite the good pitching, when the team flat-out can't score runs (first 19 GP: 108 RS (5.68 RPG) 10-9 record; last 41 GP: 130 RS (3.17 RPG) 14-27 record), well, not hard to see how it's going to go.
What's kind of amazing is that the Yankees and Mets are about tied overall for the season for RPG, at 3.97 RPG (anything under 4.00 is usually pretty weak). Contending always covers up a lot of ills.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 13 June 2013 - 06:23 AM.