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NY Mets: Mid-term grades for the Mets pitching staff

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 3, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 3, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Jun 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Trevor May (65) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Trevor May (65) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor May

After signing a two-year $15.5 million dollar contract this offseason, May has been very inconsistent in his first season in New York. A 3.58 ERA isn’t bad but isn’t stellar by any means. His strikeout numbers are right around where they usually are, but he has allowed a couple of huge home runs.

Grade: C+

Miguel Castro

In the beginning of the season, Castro was dominant. Lately, not so much. His walk rate is still way too high with his 5.5 BB/9. Whether he was overworked or has a connection to the “sticky stuff” hopefully Castro can turn things around in the second half.

Grade: C

Joey Lucchesi

He was finally getting in a groove before tearing his UCL in June. The Mets finally let him pitch to the opposing lineup three times through and he was coming off of five straight starts allowing one run or less, lowering his ERA from 9.19 to 4.46 in the process. Hopefully, he’ll recover well and will be back next season.

Grade: C-

David Peterson

Following a very solid rookie year, Peterson has taken a step back in 2021. Last season Peterson seemed to get out of jams and avoid the huge inning. This season he has gone fewer than five innings in eight of his 15 starts, largely due to the big inning. It feels like we either get good Peterson or awful Peterson with no in-between. He is currently on the IL with an oblique injury so hopefully when he returns he will pitch with more consistency.

Grade: D

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