Found June 23, 2013 on Mets360.com:
With Jonathon Niese going on the disabled list, the Mets’ decision on which pitcher to drop from the rotation was delayed. That’s good news for Jeremy Hefner and Shaun Marcum, the two leading candidates to be removed. Let’s take a minute to look at the pros and cons for Hefner remaining a starter, if and when Niese returns this season. The biggest pro for Hefner is his recent performance. At the beginning of the year, Hefner was struggling with the gopher ball, as he allowed 7 HR in his first 14 IP. Not surprisingly, his ERA was 7.07 in that span. But in his last 11 starts, covering 67 IP, Hefner has turned in a 3.22 ERA with a 3.5 K/BB ratio. Additionally, he has served up just 5 HR in this span. A 3.22 ERA means Hefner has given the Mets the equivalent of Mat Latos, who has a 3.20 ERA this season, for the past two months. If we sort qualified pitchers by ERA, that would rank 31st. Judgingly strictly be ERA, that would make Hefner’s last 11 games the equivalent of a top-end...
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