Mejia

Final Scores: (SS) Mets 3 Nationals 1, Braves 4 (SS) Mets 1

The Mets played a pair of split-squad games Sunday, winning, 3-1, against the Nationals at Tradition Field and losing, 4-1, to the Braves in Orlando.

Jenrry Mejia let up one run and two hits with a walk, while striking out six, in five innings against the Nationals.

Curtis Granderson hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning against Nationals pitcher Drew Storen to break a tie.

Jeurys Familia and Bobby Parnell each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Carlos Torres allowed two runs on six hits, while striking out four, in four innings against the Braves.

Juan Lagares walked and scored on a groundout for the only run against Freddy Garcia.

Daisuke Matsuzaka starts for the Mets, who face the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. Monday at Tradition Field live on SNY. Shelby Miller will start for St. Louis.




147 comments

den Dekker with yet another hit. 

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Does this earn Mejia the 5th spot in the rotation?

Olerud42
Olerud42

I support using Mejia if the Mets think he's ready, but people are way overhyping his upside. He hasn't been considered one of the best 100 prospects in baseball in like 3 years or something. Chances are Mejia's ceiling is mediocrity and iit's at least as likely that he's worse than mediocre.


Just bringing some realism to the party.

ponzies86
ponzies86

If Dice K gets knocked around tomorrow then Mejia should most likely sealed that 5th spot 

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

The roster is taking shape and most of the guys were seeing now, we have a good chance of seeing again in the majors this season. Its foolish to think we cant contend. Honestly our triple A players are pretty good. Who knows who could have a breakout season.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

No mention of Tejada on here or in the mlb.com/mets.com site...what was his line?

dabo
dabo

Mejia is electric and exciting!  He needs to be the fifth starter because his stuff is just better.  Great day for Mets pitching today all around, Mejia was great so were Lannan and Torres.  Things are coming together on the mound

frankie1994
frankie1994

Mejia should either be starting or be traded in a package for a shortstop because right now the guy is good trade bait him black and familia could get us a shortstop 

k1200s
k1200s

@Olerud42  I rather see Mejia as the 5th starter over dice-K.  If Noah comes up in June/July Mejia does not have to pitch the whole season as a starter and can be moved to the bullpen or traded.

Ramon Saurez
Ramon Saurez

@Olerud42  This is ridiculous. Mejia had Tommy John surgery in 2011 after being criminally mismanaged. This is the reason why he had fallen off the radar. Talent -  or lack thereof - had nothing to do with it.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Dana Smith  I suppose we could contend if Ike Davis turns back into a 3 win player, if Tejada becomes a 3 win player, if D'Arnaud becomes an all-star calibre catcher, if Lagares puts up a few wins.


But what's the chance that ALL of that is going to happen?

upstater
upstater

@Dana Smith The pitchers are but the position players are not. No chance of contending on this roster, and that includes the possible call-ups.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@dabo  I can't get excited about a guy that hasn't been a major prospect since 2010. But I hope he proves me wrong. 

fhc1224
fhc1224

@Steven Matregrano You are off base on this one.  Dice K's September starts were good but you need to put them in perspective.  He was pitching against some teams that were already out of it and were using call ups from thier minor leagues.  Mejia's 5 start string in the middle of the summer was much more impressive.  Dice K is a veteran but he is far from an innings eater.  He has always had issues with pitch counts, routinely hitting 100 pitches before the end of the 5th inning due to the fact he walks people and goes to a deep count constantly because he nibbles instead of challenges.  This puts a constant strain on the bullpen when they have to pick up 3 - 5 innings everytime he pitches.  As for Mejia, no one is handing him anything.  He has out pitched Dice K this entire spring and has earned the spot.  There comes a time when you have to just trust in your young talent and not hold them back for an older guy that is barely league replacement level.  Now is the time.

drmetfan
drmetfan

 I would not include Familia on any any trade unless we are getting back stud player in return. Familia will be our future closer. The kid is just nasty. Mejia still has to prove himself but if the Mets give him the chance he will be a force.

Evander Smart
Evander Smart

He's not good trade bait for the same reason he's not ready to get a starting job.  he hasn't proven he can stay healthy for any length of time.

The Mets aren't going to promote him based on 7 Spring Training innings, and neither is anyone else gonna hand him a spot in a rotation.

They trade him, he's going right to the minors anyway.

nolrog
nolrog

@Ramon Saurez I agree Ramon.  In fact, you're characterization that he was criminally mismanaged is spot on.  That is the realism in this party.  The kid has talent, lots and lots of talent.  His ceiling is far higher than mediocrity; he can be a very good pitcher if he can stay healthy now.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@jenkins @Steven MatregranoHas to be on the roster by May. Which is the argument that you might as well see if you can build some trade value with him for the first month+. And if Mejia is on the Opening Day roster he is arb eligible next year.

frankie1994
frankie1994

@Evander Smart  They should trade him because there won't be any room for him past 2014 with the tons of pitchers the mets have i say trade now while they have the chance

qualcomm
qualcomm

@Evander Smart IF he gets hurt, there are three others in line; if he doesn't, he's an upgrade.  I'm not sure how it hurts exactly... why would you waste the pitches at AAA?

Evander Smart
Evander Smart

@Superbestfriends @Ken Thall @Evander Smart  

Two trolls.  No waiting.

nymess
nymess

@Evander Smart  why does he need a full season in AAA? To prove he can stay healthy? Why can't he pitch as a 5th starter, and if he gets injured you replace him with Dice-K or another call up if it's around the Super 2 deadline? Dice-K can start the season in the minors.


If it's about thinking that Dice-K is actually a better pitcher than Mejia RIGHT NOW, then I can't help you there. Even if they were comparable in the small sample size you're using, why not use the younger player with more promise...the one that actually has a possible future with this team, or potential trade value if he performs well as a 5th starter at the major league level?

frankie1994
frankie1994

@Evander Smart  there not going to be room for him next year they have Harvey Wheeler Niese colon and Syndergaard  next year pitch him this year 

Evander Smart
Evander Smart

 @Evander Smart  If you can't get anything for him alone, than why trade him?  

I'm not saying the guy should be out of the organization.  He needs a full year starting in AAA.

What's wrong with that?

Dice will probably leave next season, and he can have the spot next season.  He's just not ready.  I'm not down on the kid, but what is this rush?  The Mets have plenty of pitchers, and Noah has to come up later this season.  He'll need a spot too.

frankie1994
frankie1994

@Evander Smart  i package him not just trade him you get a major league player with him a degrom a black or a famila

Evander Smart
Evander Smart

 @Evander Smart  What should the Mets get for damaged goods?  If you were a GM for Cincy, what would you give the Mets for Mejia, with his medical history?

frankie1994
frankie1994

@Evander Smart  you do know he's under 25 he's not 30 he pitched with bone chips fine i think teams would want a mejia on there team he pitching fine now and i know its spring training


Evander Smart
Evander Smart

 @Evander Smart  They won't get anything for a guy with two surgeries in 2 seasons.  You understand that, right?

qualcomm
qualcomm

@Evander Smart Isn't cripple a bit harsh and overblown?  Two members of the staff had bad elbows and neither are named Mejia.

Coq de Pierre
Coq de Pierre

@Evander Smart @Superbestfriends  

Evander:  When you get bored of dealing with these clowns, you should join all of us at M ets M erized On line.You have a lot of interesting views that are wasted here.


--Rooster

Evander Smart
Evander Smart

@Superbestfriends @Evander Smart Most recent history is the best predictor of future success.

Superbestfriends
Superbestfriends

@Evander Smart @Superbestfriends  mejia performed better......

Evander Smart
Evander Smart

@Superbestfriends @Evander Smart  

So performance means nothing?  He needs an insurance policy to pitch? That's your argument.  I'm not handing a cripple any starting job.  He hasn't earned it.  If I need a cripple, I'll call Johan Santana.