There have been a few nice surprises to the Mets 2013 season so far, not as many as we’d prefer, but certainly a few good ones. Jeremy Hefner is one of them.
Initially, Hefner was not given not much of a chance to make the rotation, and was looked upon as a long reliever in the back of the bullpen at best. But the Moore, OK. native showed no quit this past Spring and forced himself into the equation. Today, you couldn’t imagine the Mets rotation without him.
Even though I picked Hefner as my sleeper for this season, even I have been surprised at just how good this young righthander has been. Some pitchers make their bones with their stuff and arsenals, others do it with smarts, command and determination. Put Hefner in that latter group.
Hefner is coming off a solid start in which he held the Rockies to one earned run on five hits and a walk. He has allowed a total of six earned runs in 30 innings over his past five starts to give him a 1.80 ERA during that span.
Overall, Hefner has ...