Whatever though, this team is going nowhere anyway. More encouraging is Duda with 4 hits and Gee tossing a gem. And today's Harvey/Wheeler Day, very exciting.
Can't say they really blew it...it was the usual formula: starting pitcher has a strong game, team doesn't score. It's amazing, that the ERAs for each starting pitcher (save Marcum) are all falling nicely, and the losses keep piling up for all of them.
Harvey: we know his story. 1-1 in his last 10 starts, despite these numbers: 68.0 IP, 58 H, 18 ER, 10 BB, 70 K, 2.38 ERA
Niese: last five starts: 32.2 IP, 33 H, 7 ER, 11 BB, 23 K, 1.93 ERA. 1-2 record
Hefner: last five starts: 30.0 IP, 30 H, 8 ER, 5 BB, 26 K, 2.40 ERA. ERA is a little misleading, in that the Mets' defense has screwed him, to the tune of 7 unearned runs in his last two starts. Hef is 1-1 in those five games.
Gee: last four starts: 29.1 IP, 24 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 32 K, 1.53 ERA. 3-1 record
Marcum: if you want to include his 8-inning relief stint as a "start", his last six appearances have been up-and-down. 2 ER or fewer in three of them, 4 ER or more in the other three. 4.28 ERA overall in those six games. He's 0-5 in that time.
Remember how bad the rest of the Mets rotation was, except for Harvey, in April and into May? Not the case anymore.
The funny thing is, as excited as we all are to see Wheeler, and as great as it is that he's pitched himself into getting called up, starting pitching is clearly not the Mets' problem. Just about everyone in the rotation has been superb lately, save Marcum, and though he's been inconsistent, he hasn't been flat-out terrible. Clearly Wheeler has the potential to be more dynamic than the Gees, Hefners, and Nieses (maybe even Harvey), but will a raw Wheeler be much better, results-wise, than these guys have been lately, in the short term?
Just sucks that the losses are going to keep piling up, because these guys need their friggin' starting pitchers to drive in runs. But as I've said, that's how it goes when your top hitter is a complementary hitter on a contending team, and your second-place hitter is decent but clearly not a star. And great that Doofus had a 4-for-4 day and is out of the outfield, but I've seen enough of this guy to know that he's not an everyday answer at any position.
And if the Mets have already given up on Valdespin...good for them. A cocky big mouth who talks himself up, annoys teammates and accomplishes little on the field is EXACTLY the kind of the guy the Mets should be avoiding like the plague. Some of his numbers are intriguing, but let some other team take a chance on him. Murph has worked hard to be a decent second baseman and has a good attitude...upgrade around him so his weaknesses (and Wright's) are diminished.
7, in fairness, the Mets are going nowhere, and Gee was pitching his fourth straight terrific game. I kind of like that Terry was giving him a pat on the back and a vote of confidence. Yes, you can make the argument that bringing in Parnell was the right move, and if the Mets were in a playoff race, Collins probably does that. And Parnell probably wants the ball there. But with the team hopelessly irrelevant, what the hell, why not give Gee a shot to finish what he started? I'm OK with that.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 18 June 2013 - 06:24 AM.