Mejia

Mejia is being judged start to start, bullpen still on table

Jenrry Mejia is being judged on a start-to-start basis and another middle-inning meltdown could intensify talk of moving him to the bullpen, a team insider told reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, May 6).

Terry Collins also hinted this past weekend that Mejia could still end up pitching in relief.

“When you have starts where they are five innings, 4 2/3, five innings, it’s always in the conversation,” Collins said.


Update – 4:20 p.m.: If Mejia struggles again, Dasiuke Matsuzaka could join the rotation (Martino, May 7).

In 17 starts, Mejia has only twice made it to the seventh inning, despite averaging over 100 pitches per start.

This season, opposing hitters have a .222 OBP against Mejia. The second time through, it’s .352; it jumps to .526 the third time they see him.

“Everything is on the table,” Assistant GM John Ricco said (Wall Street Journal, May 7). “We have a lot of good young arms, it’s our job to manage them.”

According to previous reports, Mejia has said he would rather go to Triple-A and improve on being a starting pitcher than pitch in the big-league bullpen.

However, if he pitches in the bullpen, he’d prefer to be the team’s closer (Wall Street Journal, May 7).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Ugh, I see a story swirling here, and focusing itself, and I have a hunch I know how it ends. If I had to bet, I’d say Mejia gets another start or two, but before long we’ll see him in the bullpen and either Matsuzaka, Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero in the rotation. This is compounded by Matsuzaka’s recent struggles and getting closer and closer to summer, when Syndergaard and Montero are almost certainly going to be promoted.

In terms of this year’s team, right now, and not considering player development, having Mejia’s power and creativity and Jacob deGrom’s 95 mph fastball in the bullpen, and Syndergaard in the rotation, the Mets will be a better team than they are today.




88 comments
Greg Baker
Greg Baker

Give me 6 innings of Mejia over anyone else. Dude has great stuff and the only way to guarantee he doesnt figure out how to go deep into games is to put him in the BP.



mustang66
mustang66

If im GM I put these things in motion as soon as possible I bring up Eric Campbell hitting 331 witth a 380 on base percentage. I also bring back up Andrew Brown 383 and 463 and I send down satin and release or send down Abreau. From AA I would bring up shortstops Tovar and Reynolds. Tovar is hitting 350 with the 384 on base. Reynolds is hittING 337 with a 411 on base. I would send down Ruben en Q. For the bullpen I would bring up Vick black 0.73 and 12 .1 innings. I would also bring up Miguel tsoukalos its a 220 era and 16.1 innings and I would release or send ValeVerde and Farnsworth.

socolovichis the relievers name. My phone is driving me crazy.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

I think part of going in the pen means risking the health of their arms since they have to be available most days so their bodies don't get a great chance to relax, plus the starter money a guy like Mejia has a chance to attain. It amounts to a reluctant reliever, which could turn into a mal content and that sucks.

zoddie
zoddie

Get creative - Piggyback the starters, like they do in the minors.  Problems solved.


Bring deGrom up, have him piggyback with Mejia.  First time through the rotation, Mejia starts and hopefully goes 5 innings, deGrom tries to go the last 4.  Next time through, they swap.  Keeps both guys' innings down.

drmetfan
drmetfan

It is up to Mejia to avoid being sent to the bullpen. However, the organization has to understand that this is the most Mejia has pitched in his entire career. He has battled through many injuries and it is only now that he has gotten the chance to pitch every 5 days. But if he is sent to the bullpen it better not be to promote Dice-K to the starting rotation. Hell no! 

Bring up Montero or DeGrom and give them the 5th spot on the rotation. 

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Why not put EVERYBODY in the bull pen? No one is allowed to throw more than 3 innings in a game. What a bunch of whimps.

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

doesn't Mejia lead all starters in strikeouts, yea lets send him to AAA or the pen.

Pauly Pins
Pauly Pins

why not...haa what do we have to loose besides games in the 8th.

upstater
upstater

This is another sign of how clueless this organization is. It takes young starters time to learn how to pitch a full game in the majors. It's silly to evaluate him after so few starts -- give the kid a chance to learn from his mistakes and then see if he can cut it. To me, that means a half-season or so, not a couple of rough outings.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Gotta love the Mets.

Paying Bobby Bo 1.2M a year through 2035. And Saberhagen is getting 250k every year until 2029.

Damn I need to get a job there

gregf
gregf

Yeah, and I want Flores to get a shot at SS, too.Tejada needs to play some slots in Vegas ... and Flores is hot ...

Jaime Gongora
Jaime Gongora

Mejia is still young and learning to adjust. That's al it is.  He has amazing stuff now all he has to do is get over that mental hump and mix his pitches up so he can keep batters guessing third time down the order.  


God I hope the NY Media doesn't hurt this kids chances by making this a  topic for discussion. 

Bob G
Bob G

If the Wilpons are basing every decision they make on saving a buck, why don't they just sell at about a half billion dollar profit and give the team to someone who knows how/wants to win. 

BadContract
BadContract

I hope Mejia pulls a Gee and figures it out on the brink of a demotion.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Fire Warthen, hire Pedro as Pitching Coach, watch the staff pitch well!!!!

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Oh, the good from yesterday...Nimmo and Herrera are doing well, Dominic Smith has started hitting, wilmer Flores continues to pound the ball with 2 more hits (HR and 2b).

The bad...Flores 7th error.

I don't know about others, but I would vote for an offensive guy who makes some errors to a average fielder (with a good arm) who can't hit.

That would be a step forward...oh, and promote Vic Black.

vimets
vimets

Can you give a few examples?

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@mustang66 Stats literally mean nothing in AAA LV when you're looking at older journeyman type guys.  Satin is such a bad player that Campbell would be an upgrade by default so he probably should get a chance.

vimets
vimets

Montero and Degrom will both be called up at the

super 2 cutoff date, not a day sooner.

vimets
vimets

Who said they would send him to AAA

upstater
upstater

@gregf Flores is not a SS, no matter how much you wish it to be so. I agree he should be playing in the majors every day but where? Murphy is the team's best hitter and Flores doesn't have the pop for 1B. It would actually make sense to trade David Wright -- he'd bring a good haul and 3B is Flores's natural position -- but that won't happen. Otherwise there just is nowhere for Flores to play.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Bob G  Because what would little Jeffrey do then? Look for a real job? 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@moep  Campbell not on 40 man. Who are you DFA'd to bring him up?

vimets
vimets

If Tejada was playing in Vegas he'd be batting .320.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@upstater @Tarheel11 Seriously?  After all this time people still don't realize how smart of a move the Bonilla thing is?  The money they deferred was invested (perhaps illegally through Madoff), and made the Wilpons a ton of cash.  They're actually pulling a profit from deferring that money.

And the money the deferred was used to invest in guys that helped them win in the mid-2000s.


As silly as it sounds, the Bonilla thing was a smart business decision.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@upstater @gregf Id rather see Flores at 1st base than Duda eventually this kid will be a 270-20 80 rbi guy and a much better hitter than Duda... at 6'3 200 lbs his power will develop in time.

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

If you look at Flores splits this season. He has actually struggled at home and all his homeruns have been on the road.

vimets
vimets

In 11 innings pitched Black has 10 walks

vimets
vimets

I agree that Flores will eventually be playing 1b or even 3b base at the

major league level, I'm just not sure for what team.

upstater
upstater

@mets2death Wright is at his peak and will start declining before the Mets are serious contenders again. He would bring a substantial return of younger players. Flores will likely be a very good player, if not quite as outstanding as Wright has been, but wouldn't bring much now. So if Sandy were serious about his so-called claims that he wants to build a long-term winning franchise, he would trade Wright. Plus this would give Wright a chance to play for a champion before he retires. I don't like the idea of trading Wright either but if ownership is serious about building a winner, they have to.

vimets
vimets

Players play for the big contract.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@vimets  true. good point. 

I still don't see how they are going to not have to at least sell a good bet more of their stake in SNY to pay off that 600M debt next summer. 

vimets
vimets

Selig forced the Wilpons to hire SA.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Bob G @Tarheel11  I could just picture him with a giant lego set! I completely agree about supporting this organization. It is never going to get better unless the Wilpons are forced to sell. 

I would love for someone to explain to me why Selig forced McCourt to sell the Dodgers but not the Wilpons.

Bob G
Bob G

@Tarheel11 @Bob G  He could buy a big Lego set. It's the fans job to not show up for games. If you're really sick of this group why would you support it?

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Bob G @Tarheel11  For normal people yes! But the Mets are his little play toy that Daddy gave him to keep him busy. It's embarassing.

They are never going to sell unless they are forced to. 

upstater
upstater

@moep Andrew Brown is hitting in the high 300s at LV.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Michael Frias @Dana Smith@moepExactly. You need strength up the middle. Tejada wont win any gold gloves, but he has the range and the arm. I just dont trust Flores at Short and honestly, he would make a great piece in a trade for a SS or whatever.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Dana Smith @moep Not saying Tejada is a gold glove SS, but Flores is a defensive liability.  And other than CF, SS is probably the worst spot to have a defensive liability on a team that struggles to score runs.


Baseball is more than just scoring runs.  You gotta play D as well.


Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@moep It was just a couple years ago that Tejada hit .280 something. The problem with Tejada is he has gottena way from hitting line drives. With that said, I dont trust Wilmer playing shortstop in the big leagues.

vimets
vimets

And as I've stated we'll see Wilfredo Tovar play playing ss for the

Mets before Flores. Don't get me wrong I love what Flores gives

at the plate, but playing in the field at ss he'll be every pitchers

worst nightmare.

vimets
vimets

In due time Valverde will be released, but until Black cuts down on

his walks he'll have to stay at AAA.