Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 6/15/13
With Zack Wheeler’s arrival Tuesday, the Mets will spend some time utilizing a six-man rotation designed to afford Dillon Gee and Jon Niese a little extra rest to straighten out some tendinitis issues. That won’t last forever, however, and at some point, either Gee, Jeremy Hefner or Shaun Marcum will head to the bullpen. It’ll be a few more starts from each before a decision is made, but I’m going to assume Marcum bounces back and stays in the rotation. For this post, I want to examine and compare Gee and Hefner based on their performances through today. (Note: Hefner’s numbers reflect his performance as a starter and do not include his one inning in relief.) The numbers at a glance clearly favor Hefner. Gee’s edge in both FIP and xFIP are tied to his edge in strikeouts and walks, but we can see that Hefner’s done a much better job inducing weak contact and keeping opposing hitters off base. There are a few things to keep in mind, however. While Hefner has been relatively consiste...
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