First 30 Games Analysis: New York Mets Pitching

Kevin CassidyContributor IMay 11, 2009

The search for consistency seems to be the key for the Mets pitching staff through the first thirty games. Johan Santana seems to be the only starter that Mets fans know will go out and give a solid start every time out there.

The rest of the starters seem to be a question mark each time out, but there have been signs of how good this staff could be when they are at their best.

The Mets pitching staff so far ranks third in the NL in ERA (3.97), fourth in BAA (.247), second in OPS (.707), and seventh in WHIP (1.38) to name a few. Here is my analysis of the pitchers so far:

Johan Santana: Without question, Johan has been the best pitcher not only on the Mets, but in the National League. He has been consistent in his six starts while maintaining a fantastic 0.91 ERA.

Strikeouts have been very common in Santana's starts as well with fifty-four strikeouts in 39.2 IP. Great to see him off to a fantastic start, he just needs more run support in the worst way.

John Maine: Needs to find his confidence early in the ballgame. He seems to struggle to find himself early in games and usually settles down as he goes along. The key for him is to get out of the first three innings with minor damage to have his best starts.

I believe the best is yet to come for Johnny when he improves his command and trusts his pitches.

Livan Hernandez: With a 3-1 record, Livan has been somewhat of a pleasant surprise. He does have an ERA over five, but he has shown that he can contribute and eat some innings for the Mets. He needs to try to eliminate the long ball as he has allowed five HRs already in 33.2 IP.

Oliver Perez: Not a lot of positives from Ollie as he has pitched more than five innings only once in his six starts. Obviously he needs a lot of work on his command, especially his breaking pitches.

Walks are always expected with Ollie, but he really needs to find himself in his recent struggles. Remember, the Mets just invested three years, thirty-six million dollars in him.

Mike Pelfrey: "The Big Pelf" is 4-0 in his first six starts with an ERA over five. He has been able to win four games because of the large amount of run support he received in his six starts. His sinker is almost un-hittable when at its best and he has shown some signs of how solid he could eventually be.

Bobby Parnell: I really love what Parnell has been able to do so far. In fourteen innings pitched Bobby has only allowed two earned runs. He throws consistently from ninety-five to ninety-eight MPH. He seems to have assumed the role of the seventh inning go to guy.

J.J. Putz: Putz has been pretty big in some pressure situations so far this season. He had some trouble against the Cardinals and Marlins, but other then those two games he has been consistent. He fits in well for the Mets in the eighth inning.

Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez: Gotta love the fact that he is nine for nine in save opportunities. He has made some games a little more interesting then Mets fans would have liked, but he has gotten the job done so far. I love the passion and intensity that he brings to the mound.

Pedro Feliciano: The go to guy for left handers has had some struggles in the first thirty games. He has appeared in seventeen of the first thirty games for the Mets so he is getting plenty of opportunities. Right handed hitters are hitting .350 off him so hopefully he can turn that around before he is only limited to lefties.