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Jenrry Mejia still not closer until back-to-back outings

Jenrry Mejia pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday for his first big-league save.

This past Friday, Terry Collins said, ideally speaking, Mejia would be his team’s closer, but he’s not comfortable putting him in that role full time until Mejia is ready to pitch back-to-back days in the bullpen.

Mejia has been a primarily a starting pitcher in the minor-leagues, despite a short stint pitching in relief for the Mets in 2010, which was the last time he pitched in the bullpen on consecutive days. He has been vocal about preferring to pitch in the rotation, because he believes it is better for his arm. He has had multiple injuries and had Tommy John surgery in 2011.

“I don’t know yet,” Mejia said late Saturday about the possibility of pitching back-to-back days (ESPN, May 17). “Let’s see how I feel tomorrow, because I just have three days in the bullpen, and I have like three years that I didn’t pitch like that. Three years ago I was injured, hurt a lot. I don’t know right now.”

The Mets moved Mejia in to the big-league last Wednesday, at which time they promoted RHP prospect Rafael Montero to take his spot in the rotation. Montero responded by throwing six innings and letting up three runs in his debut against the Yankees.




47 comments
Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

Without making a significant trade for a big time bat, we could be looking at a staff next year of:

Harvey, Wheeler, Montero, Syndergaard, Niese/Gee/Colon/DeGromm (this is why we HAVE TO make a trade)

with Mejia closing, Familia and Parnell setting up, VIc Black, Josh Edgin (PLEASE LORD let him step up and be the dominant lefty that we need), Zach Thornton, and another lefty....or, possibly keeping DeGromm in the bullpen

and obv im leaving out a possible re-sign of DiceK if he flourishes in this new bullpen role, Scott Rice, Carlos Torres, and even Germen as well...not to mention Walters, Leathersich, and others that could possibly make the team from our farm


Young, but promising, with a LOT of potential DOMINATING arms up and down, from Ace to Closer. 


i HATE having to continually say something like this year in and year out, but here goes anyway; "if we can acquire a BiG TIME, fear inducing, star quality, POWER BAT to this lineup, when mixed with our young pitching, we can REALLY START to challenge for playoff berths, STARTING NEXT YEAR...."

stage52
stage52

Is Collins ever ready to make a decision that lasts more than 2 minutes after he says it?

triviaace
triviaace

I guess puppet master Alderson gave orders to puppet Collins not to name Mejia closer after his debacle with Valverde and Farnsworth.  It's time to make Collins an ex-Met manager and Alderson an ex-Met GM.

stage52
stage52

Things never get settled on the Mets Lineup because Collins can never make a decision that lasts more than 10 minutes.  The Mets are not cohesive as a group because Terry never lets it get solved by platooning so many players.  Do you know any other team with this much constant changing?

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Collins, you are by far the worst mgr. the Mets have ever had. Boy, they have had some real "corkers" too.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

I respect that he's applying himself in the role. His concerns are very sensible though, and this is the hitch about young pitchers not wanting to put their arms at a manager's bullpen judgement mercy, risking big salary opportunities. Looks like he can do the job if it is enough recovery time though.

mets2891
mets2891

With this offense and manager, that shouldn't be a problem.

hashburry
hashburry

The assumption the Mets will have back to back save opportunities is a large leap of faith.

upstaphan
upstaphan

I always saw Parnell as more of an 8th inning guy than a closer. If Mejia can step up and dominate the 9th that's fine with me.

mystere24
mystere24

I wonder if the Mets would consider making a splash and signing both Morales and Drew, half a year's salary only and no draft compensation. Neither Duda nor Tejada have shown they deserve their jobs. It's just going to take d'Arnaud time to establish himself - we are going to have to be patient with him. Look at Mesoraco on Cincinnati. It took him three years.

Bob Primosch
Bob Primosch

Next roster drama: Recker/D'Arnaud, and I can't believe I just wrote that.

PJ Windle
PJ Windle

He's the closer. Case closed ;)

90wins
90wins

If Mejia is not the closer, who is it going to be? TC is driving Mets fan crazy. We have no idea when Lagares is playing or who is playing at 1B and SS. Even the Catcher position is a mystery

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

It is so ridiculous they are making him the closer. He has more value pitching multiple innings in a longer role and he may not even be physically capable of doing it. Just feels like they are tempting injury here.

mystere24
mystere24

Mejia is rightfully gun shy given how he was jerked around when he was brought to the majors and it cost him two years of his career due to injury. Now, a good manager would sit him down and explain how they knew he preferred to be a starter, they rewarded him with the 5th starter job, he showed his talent, he got his shot, and he proved his talent is best suited to dominate at the major league level as a closer, a position the club is in dire need to fill. Once he embraces his role, he can have a long and successful career earning a substantial salary for many years to come. A good manager would point to Rivera, Chapman, and a whole host of other great closers who were initially starting pitchers. Too bad we don't have a good manager.

brosoul
brosoul

I'm sick of Terry Collins. 

nolrog
nolrog

Starter, reliever, doesn't matter.  Terry will abuse his arm no matter where he pitches.

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

This Mejia situation smells of Aaron Heilmann all over again.  I get that the Mets have a need at this point, and that Mejia is controllable, but....they're gonna lose this kid.  

Russ Sullivan
Russ Sullivan

I agree. I just hope he likes this role and doesn't mind coming out the rotation because we need a solid closer and he has some nasty stuff. He could have a great career as a shutdown closer. I hope it works out for us.

11gilkey
11gilkey

I'm glad he got moved to the "big-league"

Once Jenrry, his beautiful head of hair, and TC have a nice long heart-to-heart conversation, I'm sure all parties will agree that the most logical course of action is for Jenrry to play center field and Lagares to close.

Steven Flower
Steven Flower

Give this guy a break, he does everything asked of him, has had injuries, & I trust him in the 9th inning more than i eve did or will trust Bobby Parnell in the 9th.[JMHO]

mrgee
mrgee

@upstaphan  If anyone can step up and dominate in the 9th, heck yes, we should all be more than happy about it. Also bring up the other good point, which is that we hopefully have Parnell back next year and have a loaded starting rotation AND bullpen. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

It'd be interesting, but I don't see Morales even being able to play 80 games at 1b. That's the combined games he's played there the last 4 years..

mrgee
mrgee

@Bob Primosch  If Recker was the solution, well, we are screwed at another position, then.  So, yeah, TDA is the answer, no drama.  And if he isn't the answer, we start looking elsewhere to bridge the gap until the next real C prospect. 

dtlmetsfan
dtlmetsfan

@Bob Primosch  Should be a  no brainer. We have one of the best catching prospects in the game who has only had a month or two of big league experience. This year, his OPS is only a shade below Recker's, and he's already showing signs of real improvement compared to last year (though he still looks bad in too many at-bats). Make Lagares the every day CF, make D'Arnaud the every day C, make Flores the every day SS (while sorting out options outside of the organization). Lets continue to platoon the Youngs and Granderson based on pitching until someone gets hot and begins to standout, because right now they all kind of suck and are sporting OPSs scarcely higher than Travis D'Arnaud's. 


Its the only solution.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@moep  Could not agree more. I don't see him as a .300 hitter but if he hits .275 with 10-15 HR's and some doubles, with his defense he's a fixture in CF for the next decade. Then move on to every other position that you have to worry about! 

Bob Primosch
Bob Primosch

@moep He could be this generation's Tommie Agee.  At this point I'd take that.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

@BringBackDaveTelghe  I disagree on the value part.. if he can become the closer of the future then its a great move.. we have Dice-k for multiple innings, and he clearly can't be a starter cause he never can get out of the 4th or 5th inning

Bob Primosch
Bob Primosch

@Steven Glansberg Ironic that Fred is holding on so he can pass it to his son -- Selig installed Alderson to push Jeff out of the baseball operation.  That was the quid pro quo for staying off of Fred's back.

Alain Wittman
Alain Wittman

Mets r broke? Better call Saul. For u Breaking Bad fans.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@mystere24  Here's my issue with Mejia. Not that I blame the kid but it seems like this is all about money. When it was brought up to him he said he wanted to start because he was afraid he would hurt his arm in the bullpen. But then he turned around and said it was okay if he was the closer. So it's not okay to be in the bullpen but it's okay to be the closer?

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

They should have their mothers proof read their stuff before sending it out.

Ed Zoubi
Ed Zoubi

i don't want Jennry to do too good now. because if hes doing good you know Terry will send him down or throw him back in the starting rotation.  

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

I think Plawecki is 2 years away. Not a power guy, but he has hit for average at every stop. And yes, Recker is a nice backup, but as a starter we are so screwed

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Throwing 2 scoreless in the 7th and 8th is greater than one scoreless in the 9th.

We're not playing fantasy baseball when we're dealing with our team.

Bob Higgins
Bob Higgins

@Steven Glansberg Also I read that Sal was tired of putting money into the team. Not a good sign for us fans , Payroll at what 83-85 mill ?  Looks like very long and hard  times for the Mets as long as the Wilpons and Sal own the team  Ownership must go ! 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Jerry Colfer  See I think Plawecki could be here next spring or maybe even a cup of coffee in September. Remember he's a college kid and he's doing well in AA right now (.316 I think). Teagarden at AAA has an out in June so I could see him being moved and then Plawecki promoted up to AAA in June.