The New York Mets pitching staff has allowed 24 runs through their first nine games, tied for the fifth fewest runs allowed through nine games in franchise history.
This helped them to take home MLB.com‘s Bullpen of the Week honors for March 29 through April 8, which was announced Monday.
The team posted a 1.31 ERA through Sunday (five earned runs in 34.1 innings) and chipped in three more scoreless on Monday night’s 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins.
According to MLB.com, here’s how a panel of experts including Bill James grades a team’s bullpen:
The Mets logged a score of 170. For reference, a weekly score of 100 is considered outstanding:
• Add 1.5 points for each out recorded
• Add 1.5 points for each strikeout
• Add 5 points for a save
• Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed
• Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed
• Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed
• Subtract 1 point for each walk
• Subtract 5 points for a blown save
New York has seen grand contributions from all their relievers, and especially from the duo of Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo, who have combined to allow just one run in 11.0 total innings to begin the year.