A day later than promised, sorry about that, so here is the 2013 NY Mets pitching staff mid-season report card.
Matt Harvey Grade A+
Matt Harvey is sensational, dominating, fearless, overpowering, handsome, intimidating, charismatic, ours.
Dillon Gee Grade C
Was close to going with a B for Gee since he has pitched very well of late but his overall body of work so far had me go with the C. Gee is a solid starting pitcher who in good health will give you 6 to 7 good innings which is fantastic for a #4 starter.
Jeremy Hefner Grade B
Who’d a thunk it? Hefner has been the best pitcher on the Mets not named Matt Harvey. Last year I was ready to say bye-bye to Hefner but now I find myself rooting hard for him to continue his success. Puts ball in play but home run rate is up. Gave a B because Hefner is developing a strong dose of TWTW.
Jon Niese Grade C
Hope he gets healthy and pitches well in the second half so Mets can trade him and his team friendly contract for an outfield bat.
Shaun Marcum Grade F
Sorry he got injured and needed surgery but I’m not sorry he’ll never pitch for the Mets again
Zack Wheeler Grade Incomplete
Let him learn he’ll be fine if you think otherwise you’re an idiot
Bobby Parnell Grade A
FINALLY!!!! Parnell has emerged as the reliever we all hoped he’d be. Confidence in himself and his ability has fueled Parnell to could have been an All Star status. Still throws hard but isn’t of throwing; he’s pitching this year with pin point command. Sure it’s tempting to trade him but as Sandy Alderson said he’d have to be bowled over to deal him. Make your move Dave Dombrowski
LaTroy Hawkins Grade C
Has pitched much better than I’ve given him credit. Terrific BB/K ratio of 3.78 but he is hittable. His LOB % of 74 % has made Hawkins a go to guy for Terry Collins late in games.
Scott Rice Grade C
Seems like Rice pitches everyday not quite but I’m sure he warms up every game. The career minor leaguer walks way too many batters but he is able to get tons of ground ball outs. A classic LOOGY. Got to give the guy props for toiling in the bushes for so long to finally make it to The Show. A Collins favorite.
Brandon Lyon Grade F
F as in Farewell
Josh Edgin Grade D
Still waiting for Edgin to emerge as an effective late inning reliever but he needs better command of his slider to compliment his 90+ fastball. The second half of the season is Edgin’s audition to remain a Met in the future.
Greg Burke Grade D
Burke pitches from the mound down under and isn’t very effective he’s a JAG (just another guy)
David Aardsma Grade C
Was on the fence here with the C or B grade as Aardsma has only gone 17 IP he has looked like a guy who can be a good set up man to Parnell
Scott Atchinson Grade D
Suffered an arm injury that set him back a month and now he’s back and if he can get back what he had with the Red Sox and stay healthy add him to Hawkins, Aardsma and Parnell, that’s a pretty good back of the pen with Rice to get a lefty out.
Carlos Torres Grade Incomplete
Torres has only pitched in 10 games but he’s been very effective. Torres is now going into the starting rotation to replace Marcum hopefully he can stretch his arm out enough to give the innings needed.