Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 5/8/13
Jeremy Hefner’s overall numbers look poor this year (0-3, 4.34 ERA) but he’s pitched much better than his record indicates. He’s made five starts – and one horrid relief appearance – and three of them he’s pitched well enough to win. All three of those outings were Quality Starts and in them he threw 21 IP and allowed 4 ER. The good news for Hefner is that two of his three strong starts have come in his last two appearances. The bad news is that while he’s heating up – so is top prospect Zack Wheeler down in Triple-A. It’s unlikely that the Mets would call up Wheeler before the end of this month, yet it’s probable a promotion will be following soon after, should Wheeler continue to pitch well. Meanwhile, Hefner was not supposed to be part of the starting rotation at the beginning of the year and it’s likely that he’ll be the first one removed from the rotation unless he separates himself from the others over his next few starts. So, it’s not good enough to just have a 60% QS percentage
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