Jenrry Mejia

Jenrry Mejia could still be the fifth starter

The competition between Jenrry Mejia and Daisuke Matsuzaka is ongoing, and Mejia still has a shot at becoming the fifth starter in the rotation (Carig, March 21).

Matsuzaka is considered the leader for the fifth spot, but according to a source with the team, there is debate within the organization. If Mejia doesn’t make the team, he will likely head to Triple-A to join their starting rotation.

Matsuzaka, who could earn $1.5 million on the MLB roster, can opt out of his contract with the Mets if he is not on the big league team by May 30 (Sherman, Feb. 16).

John Lannan, who was also competing for a starting job early in camp, will likely head to the bullpen as the team’s second lefty, Terry Collins said earlier this spring (MetsBlog, Feb. 19).

Dillon Gee is expected to get the Opening Day start, with Bartolo Colon and Zack Wheeler following him. Jon Niese will likely start the season on the disabled list, but make his first start when the Mets need a fifth starter on April 6 (MetsBlog, March 20).




93 comments
donw
donw

Mejia should be the one.  Dice K not in our future.  Let him go!

lindro88
lindro88

Justin Turner hitting in the two hole behind Puig. Looks like the Dodgers have a higher opinion of Turner than the majority of people who'd post about him. I never understood why he was disliked. Maybe it was the red hair and the pies. Turner was a solid bench player for the Mets. Decent at 2b or SS. Clutch pinch hitter as well. Somehow he got labeled as one of Collins guys. Well now he's hitting second for one of the top 4 or 5 teams in baseball.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

........then again, he might not.  


But then again.......he might.....


.......but no, he shouldn't......


....but then again he could.


Who knows.....


Who cares.....


Gilad Guez
Gilad Guez

I'm thinking Sandy is pushing Dice-k to build up his value to turn him over at the deadline. Basically hoping that he and Colon turn in a good first half, and Sandy deals them around the deadline. That seems to be Sandy's M.O. so far (see Beltran, Dickey, Byrd trades). Can even trade Niese or Gee too, cause they will have Syndergaard, Montero, and Mejia ready to go by then, and all of them are capable of giving similar production (at least) as the traded pitchers. He's just waiting for a competitor to get desperate and overpay for one of them.


Sneaky, sneaky Sandy...

mets2891
mets2891

Ughh, please Mets, throw the fans a bone and make Mejia the 5th starter.

mikepiazza3186
mikepiazza3186

The rotation is solid mets might be better then you guys think this year

willymayshays
willymayshays

EYJ/CY

Murphy

Wright

Grand

d'A

Ike

Lagares

Tejada

Not a fan of CY and EY jr was ok as a leadoff guy, But for the most part the line up is L/R/L and Tejada hit much better in the 8th spot rather than leading off.  I think Lagares' bat will improve to some degree, But, with no changes to the roster, a lot depends on what d'A and Ike do. 

adam
adam

Please start Mejia!!! So sick of these washed up veterans..    

crafalko17
crafalko17

His hair reminds me of Pedro, lets hope he pitches as well as Pedro did.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

No way Mejia starts the season on this team.  The first sixty games are going to be ugly ladies and gents. 

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

well depending on niese, they both maybe 4 & 5th starter for awhile.

sell
sell

...no sh!t. Err thanks for the update.

Hmm, john Lannan, perennial fifth starter/solid aaa scrub; Dice K Matzuzaka, blown out former one hit wonder; or Jenrry Mejia, rushed-to-the-bigs prospect and since recovered-from-injuries and misuse rising potential star.

The choice is yours, Terry Collins, you brainless old shrew!

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

Wait wait wait... Mejia and Daisuke are battling over the fifth spot which will be filled by Niese. Are we not using a fourth starter? Did someone forget how to count? As it currently stands they are fighting over the FOURTH spot in the rotation unless were going all bullpen every 5 days and will have daisuke/mejia AND niese pitching back to back in the same game.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

come on mets do the right thing for once, start meija ok, thanks

paulio
paulio

Just send Dice-K down. Someone will get hurt before May 30th.  

John Saponaro
John Saponaro

The Mets talk about 90 wins. Fine. Whatever. We all know they're still rebuilding, with an eye on the next year or two to (hopefully) take a big step forward.


What drives me NUTS is that they don't look like a team that's trying to do either. They're still treading water, plugging actual roster holes with less than adequate solutions.


If you think you can win 90 games, you take the 25 best players that give you the best chance to win.


If you're trying to rebuild, you give the young guys a look.


Sometimes, as many people on this site (and others) seem to think, there's an overlap. i.e. Lagares is young and a potential part of the future AND better than Eric Young Jr. is RIGHT NOW. The same can be argued for Mejia and Flores.


...two birds, one stone.


We've seen this Dice-K story before. The characters are different, (Rick Ankiel, Gary Mathews Jr., Mike Jacobs, etc) but the ending is always the same.


Mejia could suck. Mejia could get hurt. But isn't that why they refuse to trade any of their young, close-to-ready pitching depth for offense in the first place?


They operate so passively. Like they're afraid to make a move, so they make none.


Sure if you trade a DeGrom or Montero for a shortstop and they become a CY Young winner and the guy you get becomes a utility player, you'll have egg on your face. But no one has a crystal ball, that doesn't mean you sit on your hands and do NOTHING.


If they cut Dice-K, pitched Mejia 5th and put Tejada on the bench while starting Flores at SS, no one would complain that we didn't sign Drew or trade for Franklin or whatever. Because even if those experiments don't work, and those players fail miserably, at the very least we'd be learning something about our roster, learning who can and who can't play.


Instead, we're stuck in neutral, forced to wait out what we already know and just stem the tide until the inevitable regression to the mean happens with guys like Dice-K.


...But what the hell do I know, I'm just a comedian with a computer.

ponzies86
ponzies86

Much rather see mejia over Dice K anyday

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

Yes, he could void his deal. More power to him. See who wants him. 

Go with youth and start Mejia. Either you end up with a good starter for your rotation, someone to trade, or you find out you have to part ways.

willymayshays
willymayshays

Oh, really... he "could"

It's really unbelievable how some prospects get treated. I'm not going to say the Mets ruined his arm, but NO one will say they developed him well through out.  It's his lively hood, his career! 


If I owned a team, I would treat every player like he was family, and guess what... I'd probably get better results and more effort from my guys.


But the Mets (Wilpons) LOVE to throw them under the bus. 

mike23
mike23

I would like to see Mejia get the 5 spot

buckets
buckets

@lindro88  .260/.323/.361 is fine for a bench player.  His defense at any position was terrible though, far from decent.  I"m going go out on a limb and say he won't be starting for long.    

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Gilad Guez Of course he is, Sandy is always thinking about mid-season trades. And the fact that if he isn't here by May he is a FA again. Might as well see if he has some value left.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@willymayshays If Tejada hits in the 2-hole like he has, and if memory serves me right he hit there back in 2011 when he had his good years, I am fine with him hitting there behind CY. He has looked comfortable the last 3 games that's for sure.


Cy

Tejada

Murph

Wright

Grand

TdA

Ike

Lagares


I like how it elongates our lineup personally and Ike hitting 7th feels like a good spot. I don't really like having Tejada/Lagares back-to-back, put pitcher behind em and that feels like a potential dead area of the lineup. 


Just some thoughts.

lindro88
lindro88

Why? Because our 5th starter might be Dice K instead of Mejia?

sell
sell

I think he will. Sandy, at least, is probably smart enough to force Collins to keep him up. Hopefully the season will end with Wheeler, Synd, Montero, a healthy Niese, and someone playing SS or OF that we got for Gee and Degrom/Tapia/Fulmer.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

If two pitchers are available to pitch on the same day (due to off days or rainouts)the pitcher designated the 4 the starter would start before the 5th starter.Of course this means Neise could be considered the 4th starter but not start the 4 the game due to injury.If Harvey comes back in Sept. Would you not still consider him the staff ace?

sell
sell

The little things go unnoticed on metsblog. They're just details.

DMMP
DMMP

@Bryan Harry Gonzalez  Some people in management believe he could have some trade value if he does decent this year before the deadline.

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

@Victor Triguero He will take the one year deal with the Tigers. The Mets are not "contenders" now. 2015 is our year.


crafalko17
crafalko17

@Victor Triguero Yup, called it. He wants to be on a contender if it's for one year, though he still wants his 14 mil among other things. Boras is messin up his career.

jenkins
jenkins

@paulio  I thought he's a FA if he's not with the big club?

xplr
xplr

@John Saponaro  Well, I'm no fan of the Mets front office, but there really is no reason to rush our pitching. You can't complain how they handled Harvey or Wheeler. They are just being cautious. Having said that, I would also give Meija the fifth spot, as he has been around for the last couple years and showed flashes of brilliance. It's doubtful we will get anything out of Dice K, and he certainly is not a long term solution.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@mike23 Everybody in NY does except the dope who manages the team.

Gilad Guez
Gilad Guez

@Macacawitz Teams will almost always be willing to overpay for a player if it means improving their odds at getting into the postseason or solidifying themselves as postseason contenders, and pitchers will usually fetch a very strong return. 

Gilad Guez
Gilad Guez

@crafalko17 Yet people (and writers) seem to not see the very obvious plan behind these moves and decisions. 

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Sean Matrai @willymayshays"just" lol. He has never done it in his career is the issue. He could be a great firecracker off the bench though. Late inning speed is actually really nice to have.

adam
adam

@sell  you're not going to get much for that group.  If you want a solid major league player, Montero must be included. Gee is a 4th starter. That's what he is. On a dominant staff he's a 5th starter. On the Mets, he's our opening day starter for some insane reason. 

DMMP
DMMP

@crafalko17 @Victor Triguero  Watch. Gets injured. Has a terrible year, and then next year he's begging for work at 3 mil a year to re-establish value.  

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

If the mets send Mejia to Vegas to start the season for 21 days they would delay his FA status by a year .it the same thing they did with Tejada last year.So would you rather have Mejia for 4 starts this April or a full season down the road.Sometimes there are factors other than talent that need to be considered.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@adam @sellHad a hell of a finish at the end of last year. Like 2.6 ERA the last 4 months? Niese never deserved it in the first place imo. I like Gee, he needs to be fine with his stuff, but it's very effective. Especially his change. You can't honestly tell me that Wheeler outperformed him last year, ya know? Gee is a solid 3 on a lot of staffs, he will be a 5 on ours next year or traded cuz we don't have room. Good stuff.