Third Time Around The Orange Rotation

Reviewing the third trip through the New York Mets rotation:

Bartolo Colon (3-0) 7 innings, 1 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 0 BB (.80 WHIP, 2.25 ERA)

Jacob deGrom (2-1) 7 innings, 0 ER, 6 H,  8 K, 0 BB, (1.14 WHIP, .93 ERA)

Matt Harvey (3-0) 6 innings, 4 ER, 8 H, 7 K, 0 BB, (1.00 WHIP, 3.50 ERA)

Jonathan Niese (2-0) 6.2 innings, 1 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 4 BB, (1.56 WHIP, 1.50 ERA)

Dillon Gee (0-1) 7 innings, 2 ER, 8 H, 3 K, 1 BB, (1.36 WHIP, 5.60 ERA)

Best Start – While both deGrom and Niese were marvelous in their respective starts, the only person pitching with a bulls-eye on their back was Gee and he delivered.

AP Photo/John Amis

While it wasn’t an overpowering performance, this was against the same Atlanta team that knocked him around for five runs in five innings less than two weeks ago.

He gave up the same amount of hits in each start, but on Wednesday he routinely pitched out of trouble and kept the game close in his longest start of the young season.

Granted, he was helped by a couple of great plays. One by Ruben Tejada at second base on a line drive destined for the alley; another by the Gold-Glover winner in center field as Juan Lagares made an over-the-shoulder catch on a smash to center field.

Will this start be enough to stay in the rotation? Stay tuned…

Worst Start – Since I have to give this to somebody, I’ll give it to my favorite whipping boy – Matt Harvey. Not because he had a chance at history like his last start, but because the numbers don’t lie and allowing four runs was easily the worst of the bunch.

But Harvey was pitching on an injured ankle, one that he hurt during spring training and will continue to pitch on. This is something that escaped the beat writers until Wednesday when they saw the ‘Dark Knight’ leave the locker room early.

Was this a great marketing move in preparation for a Saturday afternoon affair on national television in the Bronx? That the beaten and bruised caped crusader challenges the ‘Evil Empire’? No one should expect anything like the Bloody Sock game from Curt Shilling in 2004, but I’m willing to bet they flash this clip and mention it.

What’s Next – While the national focus may be on Saturday, the best mound match-up takes place Friday when deGrom faces Michael Pineda (2-0). Gee will look to cement his place in the rotation and pull off a similar second-time performance when he opens the next road trip in Miami, followed by Montero in a start intended to give this rotation a little bit of rest.

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