Jenrry Mejia earned his third win of the season after he gave up four hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts, over 6 2/3 scoreless innings against Cardinals on Monday night.
The Mets are now 4-0 when he’s on the mound this season, during which he has a 1.99 ERA, 25 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings pitched.
“He came to spring training bound and determined to be the fifth starter,” Terry Collins said after the game. “Coming off that blister, to pitch the way he did was an outstanding job. We weren’t sure what he was going to give us, and he gave us more than we expected for sure.’’
Mejia left his previous start early with a blister on his finger. He did not want to quit, but Dan Warthen insisted he be removed from the game to be sure the blister didn’t get worse.
“He had great command of all his pitches,’’ catcher Travis d’Arnaud said (NY Post, Apr. 22). “He’s just being himself and having fun out there, pitching really well. I’d say he’s always had control, but his command was on point, every pitch. It was fun.’’
Mejia knows pain. He’s had his elbow opened up, holes drilled in the bone and ligament weaved through. He’s thrown with a chip of bone in his elbow. There is no way a blister was going to be a problem >> Read more in the Daily News.
He is an example of why Sandy Alderson can rely on his starting rotation >> Read more in the New York Times.