Jenrry Mejia will start Friday against the Phillies, though Terry Collins hinted this past weekend that Mejia could still end up pitching in relief.
Mejia has been quite clear he prefers to be a starting pitcher.
The opposition is hitting .160 the first time they face Mejia in a game, .239 the second time and .438 the third time through the order.
“When you have starts where they are five innings, 4 2/3, five innings, it’s always in the conversation,” Collins said, about the idea of Mejia one day transitioning back to a relief role.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The easy answer is to think, sure, batters become familiar later in games. But, to me, that’s more a failure on Dan Warthen, Mejia and his catcher, who need to do a better job managing at bats, pitch counts, and maximizing Jenrry’s repertoire. In other words, Mejia needs to ‘command the inning,’ as they say. He’s a monster competitor. He may have more fire to dominate than anyone else in the clubhouse. He’ll figure it out.
It’s important to remember how much time Jenrry has missed due to injury, surgery, transitioning roles, etc. He’s a bit delayed in his development, yet he’s so awesome when he’s clicking. He’s figuring it out at the big-league level, which is always a bit of circus. He’s surrounded by smart people. Bartolo Colon will be a HUGE help. My hunch is that, in a month or so, this will be less of an issue than it is today.