So, the bullpen’s been bad but we’re kind of used to that by now. But how poorly the starters are performing is something we haven’t seen in awhile. Through 12 games, the starters have a 4.58 ERA. While it’s silly to compare 12 games to full seasons, the Mets had a 4.50 or greater ERA from their starters only one time in the last decade. And it’s not like the ’10s were filled with great teams the whole decade, either.
And the starters’ ERA is that high despite terrific pitching by Jacob deGrom and unexpected solid results from David Peterson. But the other three have been varying degrees of awful. Steven Matz, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha have combined to allow 24 ER in 29.1 IP and that includes a 6 IP, 1 ER performance from Matz in the second game of the season. Take out that start and our trio has put up 23 ER in 23.1 IP in six outings.
Porcello has been horrific in his two starts and we’ll see how serious the Mets are about competing in this shortened season if they keep him in the rotation once Marcus Stroman returns.