By Corné Hogeveen and Gem Tablak
This is the recap for the Pitchers in week one! Again the grades are Very bad, Bad, Solid, Good, Very good and Red Hot!!
Our opening day starter did not look sharp at all in his first week. He went 0-2 with a 4.63ERA and a 1.54 WHIP shows that he allowed a lot of traffic. He went 11.2 innings allowing 14 hits 7 runs (6er) and 4 walks which is not the Matt Harvey we know!
Gem: Bad. I couldn’t agree with Corné anymore on this… Who is this man?!?!? Where’s the Dark Knight?!?!? But in all seriousness, I’m not even the slightest bit worried.
Corné: RED HOT!!!
Syndergaard made 1 start against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday and he was electric pitching 6 scoreless innings allowing just 3 hits and striking out 9!! He reached 100mph on his fastball and 95mph on his slider showing electric stuff!!!
Gem: RED HOT. In his one start against Kansas City this year, Syndergaard shown signs of how he can dominate a line up. His slider was untouchable that night but what was really key for me was his strategy, although he could of threw 100 MPH all night probably, he mixed in his pitches pretty well. Very excited about this young studs career.
deGrom pitched 6 innings of 1 run ball in the Mets home opener. He allowed 5 hits 0 walks striking out 6 but, the big news for deGrom this week was his lat injury. He will miss his start Wednesday.
Gem: Solid/Good. Decent start. Velocity was down & ended up leaving the game with some tightness in his back. Nothing to worry about, while I don’t expect his velocity to stay where it is right now, deGROM was still getting batters out. That should show that the kid knows more about pitching than we had originally expected.
Corné: Very Good
Although Big Bart got the loss on Saturday he did his job! He made a start and pithed in relief in week 1 combining to toss 7.1 innings of 1 run ball. The only mistake he made was against Howard who took him deep. And to go with his great pitching he also made a spectacular over the shoulder catch.
Gem: RED HOT. Corné nailed it yet again. Deserved the win as he pitched an excellent game & only appeared to make one mistake to Ryan Howard but even with that, he also made a spectacular “Willie Mays” esque, over the shoulder basket catch. King Bart is worth the admission alone. Bravo! Bravo!
Steven Matz: Did not pitch. Will make his first start on Monday.
Bastardo pitched 2 innings allowing just 1 hit and struck out 3. It was the best I have seen Bastardo this year as he hit 94 on his fastball and showed control of his pitches. Good to see from a big piece of our bullpen.
Gem: Very Good. As Corné stated, he’s looked sharp since the season started, however it is just 2 innings. I expect Bastardo to be just fine.
Corné: Very Good
Blevins stayed perfect as a Met this week as he pitched 1.2 perfect innings.
Gem: Very Good. Blevins doesn’t do earned runs, enough said.
Familia had a perfect 9th for his first save on Tuesday but had some trouble on Saturday allowing 3 hits against the Phillies. Still Familia has not allowed a run in 2 innings.
Gem: Good. Familia has looked rock solid in his closers role. Seems to have put last years World Series out of his head, which for a closer is probably more necessary than the rest of the roster. I think overall, this will be a huge year for Familia, it seems like these days, closers don’t stick around for the long run. Hopefully he will remain as consistent as he’s been.
Corné: RED HOT
Returning as a major leaguer Henderson did not disappoint in his first week! He pitched 3 perfect innings striking out 7!!! He is showing his closer form in this first week dominating with his fastball and slider! It seems like his stuff is back!!
Gem: RED HOT. What a comeback! What a story! Henderson has been great as a Met so far in the very young season. I just hope we have a feel good story with him once August rolls around.
He had a perfect 8th against the Royals and trouble in his inning against the Phillies on Sunday. A good and a bad performance for Reed.
Gem: Solid. Reed had a rough start last year when he opened the season as the D-Backs closer. I believe in a less stressful roll, he should again flourish.
Robles served his suspension and pitched 1.1 innings allowing 1 runs but no earned runs. He struck out 2.
Gem: Solid. Robles is a bit of a mystery for me. In AA, he led Binghamton to the championship as a starting pitcher. Went up to AAA & pitched solidly. I wonder if the Mets weren’t so heavy in the rotation, if they would use him any differently. That being said, Robles in the bullpen seems like an effective piece.
Verrett had 1 inning of work allowing a run. Not a good outing but he had not worked in a long time. He will make a spot start on Wednesday against the Marlins.
Gem: Bad. Yea well, not everyone can be perfect. Just joking. Verrett has a ton of potential like Robles, has done a huge portion in the minors starting as opposed to coming out of the pen. As expected, his velocity is higher & is a much more effective pitcher while pitching in between 1-3 innings.