With the 2012 season now behind us, Mets 101 continues to break down the New York Mets by each position. Today's focus is the starting pitching staff. Led by All-Star and eventual Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey, the starting rotation began to come together as a strength of the Metropolitans.
The National League Cy Young award winner, nobody did it better than Dickey in 2012. Tossing an unbelievable 5 complete games with three shutouts and striking out 230 batters in 233 2/3 innings, you couldn't ask the knuckler for anything more than 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA.
Niese improved by leaps and bounds in his third season as a Met, posting a career-high 13 wins and a career-low 3.40 ERA. Niese also fanned 155 batters in 190 1/3 innings.
The rookie phenom burst onto the scene midway through 2012 and immediately showed signs of promise. While he couldn't buy run support and threw a lot of pitches, Harvey still struck out 70 in just 59 1/3 innings, en route to a 3-5 record and 2.73 ERA.
Gee's second full big league season was derailed by injury, as he developed blood clots in his arm and was shut down at the All-Star break. While inconsisent at times, Gee still went at least five innings in each of his 17 starts, with a 6-7 record and a 4.10 ERA. He'll be back in 2013 if all goes will with rehab.
Johan threw the first no-hitter in Met history on June 1, which at the time brought his record to 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA. Santana's season tanked when the Mets did, as he lost his last 5 starts of the season, all after July 1. By mid-August, Santana was back on the DL and done for the season at 6-9, 4.85.
The seemingly constant injuries endured by the Met staff led the a slew of callups from AAA Buffalo, as we got looks at a bunch of guys who we may not see ever again in the future. 2012 was the first opportunity for Jeremy Hefner (4-7, 5.09), Collin McHugh (0-4, 7.59), Chris Schwinden (0-1, 12.46) and Jeurys Familia (0-0, 5.84). It was also another look for others like Jenrry Mejia (1-2, 5.63) and a last chance for Chris Young (4-9, 4.15) and Miguel Batista (1-3, 4.82).
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