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Jeremy Hefner has allowed seven HR already
When the Mets departed spring training, they felt pretty good that their first and second starters on the mound, Jonathon Niese and Matt Harvey, would perform at a top level in 2013.
There is a good reason for that.
Niese has good stuff, but Harvey's stuff is jaw-dropping. He's must-watch TV these days.
They were a combined 6-1 with a 2.24 ERA heading into Tuesday night's game with the Dodgers. It's the rest of New York's rotation that must give Terry Collins heartburn.
Jeremy Hefner has been a disaster. The 27-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.07 ERA. In 14 innings of work, Hefner has allowed a major league-high seven home runs while batters are hitting .304 against him.
Dillon Gee has not been much better. The four-year veteran owns a 1-3 record with a 5.95 ERA. He took a huge step forward though by tossing 5.2 scoreless innings against Washington last Sunday.
"I think he needed it bad," Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. "I think it’s a great confidence-builder for him. Very, very good lineup, very good team — to get deep in the game like he did, I think it’s really gotta help him."
The Mets are hoping that Shaun Marcum can finally make his season debut against the Phillies on Saturday. We'll see. The Mets need him in a big way now.
Niese suffered a lower right leg contusion last night when he was hit with a comebacker off the bat of Mark Ellis of the Dodgers. X-rays were negative and he's listed as day-to-day.
After Harvey pitches, all Mets fans can do at this point is hold their breath and keep their fingers crossed.