Week 4 Mets Pitching Review: DeGrom Wins In Return To Rotation

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A review of the latest turn through the Mets’ starting rotation:

Name

Innings

Hits

Runs (Earned Runs)

Strikeouts

Walks

ERA (Season)

WHIP (Season)

Quality Start? (Starts/QS)

Matt Harvey (1-3)

5.0

7

2(2)

5

1

5.24

1.57

No (4/0)

Steven Matz (2-1)

6.1

9

2(2)

8

0

5.40

1.47

Yes (3/2)

Jacob deGrom (2-0)

5.2

8

1(1)

3

0

1.54

1.11

No (2/1)

Noah Syndergaard (2-0)

6.2

7

3(3)

9

0

1.69

0.98

Yes (4/4)

Bartolo Colon (1-1)

5.0 8

3(3)

4 1

3.42

1.23

No (4/2)

 Best Start: When my wife went into labor, I was recently reminded that I didn’t act like the stereotypical father – driving at high speed to the hospital, then pacing the hallways with a cigar. In fact, I was rather calm and my wife says she had to alert me she was actually in labor. The first few weeks of my daughter’s birth are a blur…

I share that story to display the concentration it takes for Jacob deGrom to return to the mound and perform well. Yes, he missed a quality start by an out and didn’t seem to have the necessary gas on his fastball to dominate. But for his first start as a father and healed from a sore lat, it was a rather impressive performance against the Braves.

Worst Start: Yes, it was a quality start. Yes, he struck out nine, the most in the National League and tied for the most in franchise history after four starts. Yes, Bartolo Colon gave up three runs in just five innings. Yes, ‘Big Sexy’ actually walked someone. But…

Thor showed that while he may hail from Assgard in our minds, Noah Syndergaard is from Mansfield, Texas and has a slow delivery to the plate. I’m guessing this is a mechanical flaw that was never corrected due to the results he’s produced. But Cincinnati stole five bases and it felt like they could have taken more. and while they do feature last year’s league leader Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips, who swiped 23 bases last year

While they do feature last year’s league leader Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips, who swiped 23 bases in 2015, the other stolen bases came from Eugenio Suarez (11 career steals in 201 games over three years) and Ivan De Jesus (3 steals, 136 games, four years).

And while it seems easy to blame some of this on catcher Travis d’Arnaud and his shaky right shoulder and questionable defense behind the plate, there’s not much that can be done if the runner is already standing on second base.

Yes, this is picky. Yes, it’s a small problem that a young pitcher has time to address and get better at. But in the moment, in the now, it’s something that could be a concern when facing speedsters like Michael Turner, Ben Revere, Dexter Fowler,

Best of the Bullpen: I don’t remember Addison Reed saving 101 games between 2012 and 2014 for the White Sox and Diamondbacks. But I thought he pitched well down the stretch last year and would serve as a good connection to Jeurys Familia in the ninth.

I remember when Antonio Bastardo was signed and word was he would be the 8th inning man, but Reed is showing he can be that guy, lowering his ERA to 2.70 with four straight holds, allowing just three hits over his last six appearances.

Next Big Thing: The San Francisco Giants come to Queens this weekend and will send a man who won every series-clinching playoff game including a World Series championship, an NLCS and World Series MVP and a Cy Young Award winner. What Mets pitcher can you see earning any of those awards this year?

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Since hanging from a street sign to watch the 1986 ticker-tape parade, I've enjoyed the Mets from a distance. Growing up, they were across the GW with Bob Murphy's voice bringing them close. I'm in enemy territory in Atlanta, but now I'm protected by Norman Seabrook and Howie Rose.