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Jenrry Mejia was bound and determined to the fifth starter

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.




68 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Let's admit it: It's fun to knock Sandy for the vast majority of moves he's made during his time here. But let's at least give him props for a move he didn't make. He could easily have pulled another Miguel Batista and started the season with Dice-K. Now let's see him work some Moneyball Magic and find a shortstop.

ponzies86
ponzies86

Those who were mad he won the 5th spot over Dice K can go suck on wood 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

We can't even get headlines phrased right.  Take some pride in your work here, geez.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

It's really nice to see a guy who a month ago was battling hard for a shot at the rotation and now is arguably our ace.

helloboy
helloboy

Pedro 2.0 has nasty stuff and is just the man.  If he can keep himself in for the season, he would have to be considered as a staple of the rotation for many years to come. There is just so much pitching with this organization, if you get a terrific offer for any one guy, you should listen.   

benmoz
benmoz

Will the people who wanted Dice-K to be the 5th starter... Please stand up?

hashburry
hashburry

Mejia, if healthy is the best starter the Mets have right now.  He is so much more mentally tough than Wheeler and Neise.  Colon is just a burrito waiting to pop.  I think Gee has the same mental toughness of Mejia and Harvey, making up for his lack of elite stuff.  When the Mets eventually get this staff filled with the younger guys, I'd like to see them trade Wheeler and Neise for close to major league ready hitters. Montero (another tough mixed guy), Synergaard and DeGrom, along with  Harvey and Mejia (assuming good health) are the future.

Zac Tindall
Zac Tindall

A minaya prospect doing his thang! Atta boy jenry

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

I blame Warthen for Mejia's early success.

Rafael Nodarse
Rafael Nodarse

Mets pitchers should start throwing their gloves every now and then.

Rimo Chaloney
Rimo Chaloney

Mejia's personality has seemingly changed from when he first came up as a Met.  He's transformed into a outwardly confident, even swagger-ish and relaxed individual out on the field.  Really kind of amazing.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Great to see Mejia finally living up to his promise.  Hope he has the stamina to make it through the whole season.

5th starter? He's arguably our ace right now.

hawkeye
hawkeye

It looks like the Mets will have too many starting pitchers pretty soon  I know it would be nice if they could deal one or two for batters, but I think it would be even nicer if they could transition a couple of them into the bullpen.  When everyone is healthy you would have the reliable relievers the team desperately needs, and if something were to go wrong with a starter they could potentially move back into the rotation.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

That sounds kind of personal.

sylow59
sylow59

"Bound and determined to the fifth starter"

There are several ways to interpret that.

grillruben
grillruben

@Kenneth Meltsner He could have also signed Jose Abreu for relatively cheap and signed Cruz over Young and  we'd have a nice lineup. Could have also gotten rid of Ike earlier if he really felt Duda was the man for the position seeing as neither of them proved anything and they handed it to Duda anyway. Also could have also signed Balfour and we'd have a closer. 


Make no mistake about it, it was a poor off-season. This lineup is abysmal.

James
James

@ponzies86  Was there anyone on the planet mad that this happened?  And lets face it Dice-K has been valuable too thus far in small doses.

nwmets
nwmets

@BringBackDaveTelghe  If you can't even proofread the headline, what hope is there for any sort of quality journalism? Metsblog is the Mets of the blogging world...

DMMP
DMMP

@helloboy  2016 Rotation (And I'm calling this one now) - Yes... 2016. I'm skipping that far ahead.  Harvey, Syndergaard, Wheeler, Mejia, Matz - (though wouldn't be shocked if you replaced one of these guys with Montero.)  Count on it.  Which... Given the number of pitchers in our organization now,and therefore the ability to make trades... Improve the bullpen, etc... Good times are surely ahead.

helloboy
helloboy

@hashburry  You can get real major league hitters for Wheeler or Niece.  Wheeler is still considered a top trade chip.  Niece is a good lefty starter with a reasonable contract.  You can do better than just good prospects.  Either will return multiple players and at least one starting major league guy. 

James
James

@Rimo Chaloney  He always seemed to ahve a lot of swagger and confidence, the team just took that as a bad thing.  Swagger is great with a 1.9 ERA and 3 wins in 4 games, it is annoying when the wins are not there to back it up.  Either way, love Mejia and so glad to see him continue his run, if he stays healthy this year it changes a lot of things.

anymos
anymos

@Rimo Chaloney He's harnessed his raw stuff and developed tremendous command of all his pitches.  Its like someone flipped a switch since he's been back in the rotation.  And for a kid who has been through as much as he has at a young age, to work back from the injury, its just fantastic.  You like to see a guy put in all that work and succeed- he's earned it.

lindro88
lindro88

@mets2death  Are they going to wear those every Monday?

nagel100
nagel100

 there is no argument.  he is our best starter so far.  Wheeler has not taken to the next level yet.  


mets could become serious if they signed Drew to play ss. 


Legares must come back and granderson can't become Bay 2.0



rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@hawkeye I think they'll have enough to do both. I just don't know who they'll shoot for. I don't see good bats likely to be had in trade. It's not like the team is filling a hole or two - they have no reliable power bat, no real RBI guy (outside of David Wright) unless Granderson breaks out of his funk in a big, big way. Unlike the Pirates, who could get some mileage out of a Marlon Byrd in a mid-season trade, the Mets need a young, impact bat some seasons still removed from free agency and I don't see Miami trading.

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

@hawkeye  Interesting thought, but I'd rather get a reliable bat or two if possible and roll the dice with the pen

hashburry
hashburry

@sylow59  So little sense of humor on this blog these days.  I like your style.

stemog
stemog

@sylow59 That's an old saying. You guys are apparently too young to remember?

bzfgt
bzfgt

@grillruben @Kenneth Meltsner  I agree about the Ike/Duda thing, that was ridiculous. If it was a competition, Davis had clearly won by the time Duda was announced as the starter (with a very small sample size, of course). So why the whole rigmarole? If they were sure they wanted Duda, he should have been named the starter before Opening Day. 

James
James

@DMMP @helloboy  I guarantee you one of those guys won't be there, no idea which one, and likely two.  That one might have fizzled out somewhere or might have been traded for a bat, but that won't be the rotation in 2016.  Still, love the depth because there are a few guys we could move and still have room for a lot of quality throughout the system.


Wish the same could be said about our bats.

DMMP
DMMP

@helloboy @hashburry  Neise is (compared to most of our pitchers) a weaker link. But, he's still under a very favorable contract, on the young side, a lefty, and capable of being a number 3 on most teams. (Heck, some teams he could be a number 2.) Neise could bring back a serious bat.  Pitching, especially good left hand pitching... that's not making gobs of money... is a very rare commodity in the majors right now.  Fortunately, the mets might have an even better lefty in the minors in Matz... (who should be around in 2015) 

helloboy
helloboy

@lindro88  It will depend on how sales are going. If the jersey's sell, they will wear them more.  It is the "honor the troops if we make a profit off them" jersey.

lindro88
lindro88

@rstpigeon @hawkeye  Teams are much less apt to trade hitters nowadays.  Hopefully Lagares can pick up where he left off when he comes back.  If he can have a breakout year, it would go a long way.  

DMMP
DMMP

@brrrandooo @hawkeye  Agreed. Starting pitching has far more value than relief pitching. You can acquire relievers much easier/readily than starting pitching.  You can trade your starters for stars/star caliber players... Relievers, not as much. Wasting great starting pitching in the pen is just foolish and not delivering value.  Few teams in baseball have stacked pens.

James
James

@stemog @sylow59  Without the "Be" it does become a lot more 50 shades of grey than the old saying goes...

DMMP
DMMP

@James @DMMP @helloboy  I'm going to disagree, only because I see no reason why this group "fizzles out" - and even outside of these guys, by 2016 we'd still have Hefner, Gee, and Neise here (if not traded) - and surely, there will be a breakout candidate or two that will also have their time in the sun. (Fulmer?)  I wouldn't be shocked if we signed a pitcher to compliment this young staff and pitch in the 5 hole at some point, but I really think this could be it, and is the direction things are going in.

DMMP
DMMP

@James @DMMP @helloboy  I definitely remember reading a few this past offseason.... I think even on metsblog they reported a couple, I just don't remember the source... But I wouldn't reference something if I wasn't 100% sure I saw it.  Montero is doing amazing so far in the minors this year. Maybe that belief will be worthwhile.  

James
James

@DMMP @James @helloboy  I can't find a single article with Montero and Owings, but if that deal was there I can't imagine we don't do it.  Again unless Sandy has a much stronger belief in Montero than we believe, which who knows maybe that will play out to be true.

DMMP
DMMP

@James @DMMP @helloboy  Well there were some pretty reputable names saying that's what they were hearing. I'm just going off what I read... I'm not personally speculating.   

James
James

@DMMP @helloboy  I highly doubt we could have gotten Owings for Montero straight up, I heard Thor was a key there or more than Montero.  Unless Sandy values Montero a lot more than they seem to have suggested, no way he doesn't make that deal if it was there.

DMMP
DMMP

@helloboy @DMMP  There were rumors that the mets could have gotten Owings for Montero and a bag of balls.  Which given the amount of pitching depth we have (And absolute lack of offensive depth) - We had to do. But, we did not.  

helloboy
helloboy

@DMMP  Why the Mets hold on to 10 starting pitching when it will only take 1 to get a SS, the world will never know.  

DMMP
DMMP

@Kenneth Meltsner @helloboy @hashburry  you mean trade for.  This team really should have dealt for Chris Owings in the offseason... Having a good season thus far, and being a prototypical lead off hitter.

Zac Tindall
Zac Tindall

I like them honestly and purchased the hat alrea