“I feel pretty good. But today is not my day,” Mejia said after the loss. “Tomorrow’s another day. I didn’t have good command of my fastball. That’s going to happen.’’
Mejia is now 0-1 in the Major Leagues this season and has a 10.80 ERA in one start and one relief appearance.
“Once the game starts, after the first inning, you hope he settles down,” Collins explained after the game. “I’m sure he was pretty excited. … I thought he had good stuff. His command was off. It’s tough to pitch up here behind in the count.’’
Terry Collins said before last night’s game Mejia will remain the rotation for the remainder of the season.
Michael Baron, ContributorAs I said last night, Mejia appeared to be just throwing, rather than pitching. He predominantly threw fastballs and cutters although his cutter looked a lot like his fastball with significantly less velocity. In addition, of the 68 pitches he threw, Mejia got no swings and misses – in other words, he wasn’t fooling the Brewers whatsoever. He fell behind pretty much everyone he faced and threw more balls than strikes, which helped contribute to 11 of the 19 batters he faced reaching base. Overall, it was a start to forget.
The good news is that Mejia is still so young, and he is still growing and evolving as a pitcher. It’s unfair to write Mejia off after everything it’s taken to get back to the Major Leagues and have one bad start. In a way, this was like his Major League debut, as he hasn’t made a big league start in two years, and has been in the minor leagues or rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery for most of the time since. I do worry Mejia has been jerked around and misused so much over the last few years that he’s been hindered by the lack of consistency in his role – only time will tell at this stage of his development. But the talent is clearly still there – he has to develop and refine is secondary pitches and develop better command going forward. It’s one thing to succeed as a fireballer in the Minor Leagues – the big leagues are a completely different story. But if he can achieve that, he has the talent to become an exciting Major League pitcher in the future no matter what role he’s in.