Once a great strength, pitch­ing is now the Mets’ big­gest weak­ness

New York’s arms have been a train wreck this sea­son.

Metro USA (New York) - - Sports - JOE PANTORNO @JoePan­torno joseph.pantorno@metro.us

Re­mem­ber when the Mets’ pitch­ing ro­ta­tion was the toast of Ma­jor League Base­ball?

Five young, fire­balling starters, a solid setup man, and a premier closer had many pre­dict­ing the Mets to rise to the top of the stand­ings in low-scor­ing games.

My­self, you, your neigh­bor and the guy yelling on tele­vi­sion about this were all wrong.

No Noah Syn­der­gaard, no Seth Lugo, no Steven Matz and no Jeurys Fa­milia (that premier closer) has left the Mets with a rag­tag bunch of arms that are a shell of what they used to be.

Through their first 42 games this sea­son, the Mets’ pitch­ing al­lowed 5.64 runs per game, most in the ma­jors.

The bullpen has been a dump­ster fire and the start­ing pitch­ing has been in­con­sis­tent, to say the least.

New York has al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced 25 games in which it has al­lowed five runs or more, eight games of eight-plus and one dis­as­ter against the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als that saw the NL East ri­vals cross the plate 23 times.

Even with the team see­ing Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes, Lu­cas Duda, As­drubal Cabr­era and Travis d’Arnaud go down with in­juries al­ready, the Mets’ scor­ing of­fense is still ranked within the top 10 of the ma­jors with five runs per game. So that’s clearly not the prob­lem.

Just by look­ing at the in­di­vid­ual numbers of some of the pitch­ers they’re re­ly­ing on the most, it’s easy to see the source of the Mets’ night­mare:

“Let’s not get down, which they’re not. They’re a veteran team and they’ll fight back. They have in the past and they’ll do it again.” Mets man­ager Terry Collins on his team’s strug­gles (h/t Peter Botte, New York Daily News) Hansel Robles con­tin­ues to get in­nings de­spite strug­gling might­ily as a mid­dle re­liever within the Mets’ bullpen.

Matt Har­vey- 2-3, 5.56 ERA, 31 K’s in 8 starts Ca­reer numbers: 31-31, 3.15 ERA

Robert Gsell­man-2-3, 6.75 ERA, 30 K’s in 7 starts 2016 sea­son numbers: 4-2, 2.42 ERA

Ad­di­son Reed- 3.18 ERA, 8 runs, 5 home runs, 18 hits al­lowed in 22.2 in­nings 2016 sea­son numbers: 1.97 ERA, 17 earned runs, 4 home runs, 60 hits al­lowed in 77.2 in­nings

Hansel Robles- 6.23 ERA, 13 walks, 15 runs, 21 hits al­lowed in 21.2 in­nings 2016 sea­son numbers: 3.48 ERA, 36 walks, 30 earned runs, 69 hits al­lowed in 77.2 in­nings

Fer­nando Salas- 5.59 ERA, 12 earned runs, 24 hits al­lowed in 19.1 in­nings 2016 sea­son numbers with Mets: 2.08 ERA, 4 runs, 11 hits al­lowed in 17.1 in­nings

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