Hey, the Mets season isn’t over anymore! That’s a nice mid-April surprise. This being the case, let’s see how Chris Young, Chris Capuano, and Dillon Gee are pitching, operating under the assumption that if those three combine for 30 quality starts (6 innings or more, 3 or fewer earned runs) this season, the Mets should win more games than they did last season.
Chris Young — On the DL this week, Young will be activated — he’s a robot — and make a start in Washington on Tuesday. Thanks to his mysterious shoulder, Young is still at just two starts on the year, one of them quality. If the Mets can squeeze 15 starts out of him, that would be impressive.
Chris Capuano — The other Chris kicked off the Mets’ winning streak on Thursday, going seven innings and allowing one run, his first quality start of the year. 17 strikeouts in 19.2 innings is more promising than the 5.95 ERA.
Dillon Gee — Six innings, four runs allowed, and a couple of home runs — Miguel Montero launched one to the bridge — on Saturday, but two runs were unearned, so Gee notches himself his first QS of the season. Despite the impending return of Young to the rotation, Gee is sticking around for a couple of days in the bullpen, as Terry Collins appears to trust Francisco Rodriguez, Jason Isringhausen, Pedro Beato, and then no one else. D.J. Carrasco was banished to Buffalo in his place, meaning the first player signed to a multi-year contract by Sandy Alderson had to be sent to the minors before the end of April. Just sayin’.
Two starts by this group the past week, both of them quality — notice that the Mets won both games — bringing the total up to three quality starts in seven attempts this season. The goal is 30, so 5 quality starts every month keeps the pace. Young and Capuano are scheduled to go again this week, so the group has a shot of getting to the 5 mark this month.