The 2012 Mets' pitchers have been a tale of two different pitching staffs for each of the two halves of the season.
They played well as overachievers in the first half by winning games in dramatic fashion and relying on both their starting rotation and an offense led by David Wright to keep them in games.
For much of the first few months, the Mets were flirting with wild card possibilities. The icing on the cake was the first no-hitter in franchise history that Johan Santana threw on June 1.
At the All-Star break, everything was looking good for the most part with the Mets.
Once the break ended though, the Mets turned into a completely different team. They only won four more games for the rest of July in what became an unbearable three weeks, and it continued into August. Not surprisingly, the pitching staff could not continue its string of success and it showed.
A 12-16 record for that month did not make anything better, and by the middle of August, the Mets were pretty much out of postseason contention. The whole team fell apart, between most of the starting pitchers, the entire bullpen and the majority of the lineup.
A once promising season turned into a lost season quicker than anyone could have imagined.
Even though the Mets will not be getting to the playoffs this season for the sixth consecutive year, 2012 had some great moments that fans can cherish. On the flip side, there have also been some more unfortunate moments that plenty of fans wish they could remove from their memory.
Statistically, there have been some surprisingly good numbers from certain pitchers in specific categories, while other statistics have not been as good.
In part two of this reflection, here is one statistic from each of the 2012 Mets' pitchers that has defined their individual seasons.