Jenrry Mejia peers in for the sign

Jenrry Mejia is second-youngest Met to reach 20 saves

22-year-old Mets closer Jenrry Mejia became the second-youngest pitcher in franchise history to reach 20 saves.

Neil Allen had 22 saves as a 22-year-old in 1980.

Mejia struggled through much of August, but has since locked down three straight scoreless appearances.

“The breaking ball is distinctly better now than it was,” said Terry Collins, who also said getting Mejia rest likely helped him get back to form.




28 comments

I was more excited when mazzilli Flynn kingman Zachary were on team. These guys blow.

BTW. 20 saves is like hitting 10 hrs. Or reaching 50 RBIs. His era is too high for a closer. Not impressed.

ventura_4
ventura_4

Jeeze, he's 24 not 22. Turing 25 in two months, how can MetsBlog get this wrong?

teammets
teammets

Why trade Murphy when he is our only consistent player?

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Didn't see the game last night, but sounds like Mejia had a strong outing.  Good to hear.


I don't want him as this club's closer next year.  I think he's more Benitez than people care to admit and while Parnell is still a huge question mark for 2015, I think Familia's emergence in 2014 would allow him to slot very nicely into the closer role.  His stuff (hard and downward) translates MUCH better as a strong closer IMO than Mejia's.  I'd make Mejia available this hot stove if i were GM.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Clearly from the Orlando Hernandez School of Carbon-Dating. Let's hope he has a better career than Neil Allen.

Mejia is going to be 25 in 2 months. Get your ages right!

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

Congrats,Mejia.I do believe though that he is older than 20 if I'm not mistaken. Regardless,he looked amazing last night,striking out 3 to lock it down.

nagel100
nagel100

6 really good things happened for a team who i penciled in for exactly this kind of victory total.


Duda

Legares ( the real deal for 10 years)

D'Arnaud

Degrom

Mejia

Familla



3 really bad things happened.  Wright, granderson and Young.



wright and Granderson have to be better next year or nothing will change dramatically  UNLESSS the mets make the big deal with the Rockies.


this was a positive year for the mets despite the record.  the 6 really good things don't include Dilson who will be #7 by September 1.



in the minors you could say we have 3 big time prospects in Thor, Matz and Kevin P.


that does not include some really nice players like Montero,  Nimmo, Conforto, Akeel Morris ( owns the best stat line of any player in the mets system yet i know zip about him)  and maybe Matt Reynolds ( i have no idea if he has the glove for short but hitting 340 isn't bad) 


the minor league system is in great shape and we have some hope for 2015.


If you add Harvery, Matz , Parnell and Thor to Degrom and Wheeler you can trade several proven arms like Niese, Colon, Gee as well as Murphy AND include a truly top flight prospect like Kevin Plawecki who is tearing it up in AAA for a high end talent for ss.


if the Wilpons open the budget by what is required  we could get Tulo for ss and Gonzalez for LF or RF.   Rocks would not mind dumping those  deals and mets could take a chance on a superstar ( injuries are a concern)  and a very solid of/hitter that would re-make the entire offense.


so niese, gee, montero, Murphy ,  Kevin p for Tulo and  Gonzalez would draw fans into city field and actually make the wilpons money.   we could throw in more prospects if they want. Flores and nimmo come to mind.



gts41
gts41

When the entire post is age related how hard is it to get that right?? born 10/11/89

mike23
mike23

So time is going backwards for mejia, he's 22 now?

John Jeffrey
John Jeffrey

There are multiple times this site has misreported Mejia's age.


The lack of editing is embarrassing.

Devin Brigham
Devin Brigham

pretty sure he is older that 22, I thought he debuted around the age of 20 did he not?


Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

I didn't see his inning of work last night but I did see it the other night against the Braves and I was concerned.  It seems he's gone away from the fastball that is in the 93-95 range with natural cut and was primarily using change ups.  He looked like K Rod.  I hope it's just fatigue and nothing more serious.  I think (hope) with an offseason of rest and preparation to be solely a one inning back of the bullpen guy he is dominant next year.  I've posted this before my 5 untouchable pitchers are Harvey, Wheeler and Thor for the rotation and Familia and Mejia in the pen.

Brian Hurley
Brian Hurley

Um, he was born in 1989, and made his Mets debut as a starter in 2010 as a 20 year old, remember? Am I missing something? Google him and you'll see that he's 24 :-)

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

He's going to be a Monster Next Year!

saxon
saxon

3 outs by the strikeout route...He's something else for a 22 year old... Herrera 20, Flores 22/23, Meija 22...I like what I see...

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

I believe that any talk of Parnell coming back next season as the team's closer, at this time, is particularly unfair to Mejia. Mejia didn't want to go to the bullpen. But he accepted the assignment like a professional and has put his heart and soul into it. Not only do question marks remain for Parnell when he returns in ST but to automatically remove Mejia from the closer role, just because it was Parnell's before his injury, could totally destroy Mejia's morale. Parnell should come back as a long reliever and earn his way back into the closer role if needed. Familia and Mejia are proving themselves as a deadly combination in the 8th and 9th innings.

Söze, Keyser
Söze, Keyser

Great recap of good/bad this season.

I wouldn't touch Tulo. His numbers away from Coors Field are quite a bit lower and he's looking like a Hanger Queen...ala Beltran. Bringing him into the Citi Field batters hellscape will leave everyone frustrated when he hits .265.

As far as next years pitchers...I wouldn't bet the farm on Harvey or Parnell. Both coming off injuries and let's be honest...neither have a long track record in MLB. Harvey has yet to pitch a complete season in MLB. As far as Matz etal in the minors...even less reason to bet next year's results on unproven prospects.

pologround
pologround

@Jeff Lubatkin Majia has been throwing to many fat pitches...When he was a starter, he painted the corners......I have more confidence in Familia.........

saxon
saxon

That's what I get for trusting Matt...Oh well, 24 and strong...Don't forget he got the short end of the stick with Omar...which messed him up for 2 years...

saxon
saxon

@Not4Nutten 

22...the world a head of him...just the beginning of a special player...I agree, the Beast has arrived

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

Right on,man.Couldn't agree more.

Devin Brigham
Devin Brigham

@pologround @Jeff Lubatkin agreed about familia. Jeff why is Thor untouchable but deGrom is not? seems to me I would rather have the guy who has done it in the MLB. I am not saying trade Thor, I just don't see why a AAA pitcher with an ERA around 4 is untouchable....