Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 7/19/13
Since May 26, the Mets are third in the majors with a 3.18 (151 earned runs/427.0 innings) team ERA and there’s a good reason for that positive development, his name, Jeremy Hefner. Since June 4, Jeremy Hefner leads the majors with a 1.76 ERA (10 earned runs/51.0 innings) over eight starts. Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano is second with a 1.89 ERA. Hefner has allowed two earned runs or fewer in those eight starts, the longest such stretch since Johan Santana had 13 straight such starts from 2008-2009. Hefner’s streak of allowing two or fewer earned runs over eight starts is tied for the third-longest by a Mets pitcher since 1990. The 26-year old righthander is second on the team to Matt Harvey with 13 quality starts this season, and he has hurled a quality start in nine of his last 10 starts. Terry Collins chose Hefner to open the second half of the season tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies, who have been one of the few teams he has struggled against. But as I’ve said all year...
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