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Jenrry Mejia moved to the bullpen

4:30 pm: Jenrry Mejia will be moved to the bullpen, in favor of Triple-A RHP Rafael Montero, who will start Wednesday, GM Sandy Alderson said Monday.

According to team insiders, Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson met and agreed that Montero in the rotation and Mejia in the bullpen gave the team the best overall roster (Cerrone on Twitter, May 12).

Mejia is 3-1 with a 5.06 ERA and 1.580 WHIP in seven starts this season.

He has struggled to get past the third time through the opposing team’s batting order. Opposing hitters are batting .193 against Mejia the first time through the order, .245 the second time and .405 the third time through.

Mejia will not be the team’s closer, at least not yet, according to Alderson.


6:35 am: Multiple reports indicate Daisuke Matsuzaka may have been in line to start this Wednesday against the Yankees, pushing Mejia to the bullpen. However, Matsuzaka pitched two innings Sunday, meaning he’ll probably be unavailable.

“We’ll have to see what’s going to happen there,” Collins said, punting on a definitive answer.

It was reported Saturday that Mejia could soon be in the bullpen, replaced in the rotation by Montero (ESPN, May 11). Mejia continues to say that he’s better suited for the starting rotation because of his history of arm injuries.




41 comments
JOE KOSLOWSKI
JOE KOSLOWSKI

sid Fernandez was very similar      6 or 7th inning he fell apart.      Managers need to learn how to take guys out when they are done.    Was sid a starter    YES    was he a reliever    NO    It was all mine set.    Mejia is the same way.    Wish they game him more chances and just took him out when the going get bad instead of leaving him out there to get killed when he was mentally done.   

fhc1224
fhc1224

Good move.  Mejia was going to the pen at some point anyway do to the fact he has not thrown more then 92 innings in a season the last 4 years.  Keep him in the pen for the summer, then when Montero hits his innings limit in late August - early September, Mejia gets a few more starts to end the season.  This way both pitchers max out thier innings total without being pushed beyond well still helping the team through the season.  They both develop in the majoris instead of the hitters paradise known as the PCL.  This sets both up as viable options for next season as either starting pitchers or trade bait that has ML innings which is more valuable then guessing which prospect to trade for.

matt520
matt520

im actually pretty optimistic about germen-familia/mejia at the backend of the bullpen. DeGrom could potentially make it even better.

I wonder if Sandy envisions Mejia as the closer or just a mid relief guy

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

I'm all for having Mejia start against the yanks. You want to stay in the rotation? Show us what you got.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Scariest sentence since something I read in a Stephen King novel, "Sandy is real good at having a feel for what is the right time." Since when? Signing Frank 'Dominican Idle' Francisco? Ramon Rivera? Brandon Lyon. Oh, hell, everybody knows the list. Does anyone out there really want to see Dice-K as a fifth starter. If the team is going to stink, let them stink with the kids. I'll wait for all the Super 2 nonsense. But give us a reason to watch.

hashburry
hashburry

Maybe this is the start that jumpstarts Mejia.  Happened for Gee, I believe. Or was it Neise last year?  Anyway, I like the idea of running Mejia to there is a big visibility game.  I get the feeling the bigger the stage, the better he will perform.  Having said that, I think the innings limit on him is way too conservative.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Given the need we have in the bullpen and the surplus of starting pitching in Vegas, Mejia's days as a starting pitcher at least for this year are numbered regardless of how he does in his next start. In the long run I think this will be to his benefit.  

cver
cver

There are a lot of ways to look at this. #1 - Mejia has paid his dues and been jacked around by the organization and shows a lot of talent, even though he has issues.  If he was one of the "golden boys" like Harvey, Wheeler or Thor, there's no way they'd even be talking about him not being a starter and transitioning to the pen.  For that reason, I'm very glad that they are giving him more of a chance.  He's 24 years old, right?  Somebody said it on here - props to whoever did.  He's 24 - with proper coaching, shouldn't he be a monster starting pitcher??!!  Will he again fall victim to the Met situation - in this case, too many starters?  

The other thing is those of you on here regularly know I have some love for Montero and thought all along that he should have started the season up on the team and they should have traded Niese for an offensive piece.  Well, Colon - what's his story?  Is he a bit of a bust at 10 mil a year for 2 seasons?  They always say you can't have too much pitching.  Certainly keep Gee and Wheeler.  If Niese can stay healthy, he's unreal, but that's not a given.  Still, could be a chance to sell high on him - or can we get anything for Colon if we throw in some cash?  I'd love to see Mejia and Montero in the rotation.  And what do we do with Syndergard?  Of course, he has a spot with his name on it, even though he's struggling a little bit, but hey, they left him down there in Vegas and the PCL, so well, and no Viola - get well Frank!  That's my 2 cents.  

Just add that it's probably a great idea that they don't start Montero first time against the Yanks - a bit risky - and against Tanaka, no less.  But Mejia has to deal with that pressure, which is a lot. But at least he's already gotten his feet wet.


One more thing - if this is all Super-2 related, it's crap, but well, at this point, they've waited 6 weeks already, so to not have Montero and then, lose him earlier or have to pay more, well not sure.  If he's needed and can help, he should be up - bottom line.

grillruben
grillruben

Is anyone really shocked by this? Montero gives up no hits in his last start and we're still just gonna let him rot in Vegas. I still think Dice-K will wind up getting this start. Glad I shelled out good $ to go to this game Wednesday so I can see the Mets waive the white flag. 


You cannot defend this decision if Montero doesn't start. I don't give a f*** about super 2. Nor should you. Tickets, parking, food, beverages and everything at Citi Field is premium pricing, so i should get to watch a premium product.

eric88
eric88

They will not bring anyone up before Super 2 cutoff. It's always been money 1st winning 2nd with the Mets. Anyone disagree?

72tilltc
72tilltc

Every one needs to let Terry Collins decide who should pitch. The man is a baseball manager he loves the game and wants to manage. Isn't that enough?

donw
donw

Not that we miss him, but does anyone know what became of John Lannan?  I don't see him on the Las Vegas roster.

Ronnie Taveras
Ronnie Taveras

I hope it's Montero > Dice K but have to wonder how Dice-K will respond being passed over for a rookie and Mejia will be better suited out of the pen but his role needs to be defined, that's all...too much energy with each throw to be a starter with that delivery. But I think he'd be a great set up man/closer. Can't have him warming up and sitting down, ala Valverde. Once he warms up, bring him in and don't overuse him.

If they don't use Dice-K these next two games, I have a feeling it'll be him on Wednesday.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

Who will start Wednesday's game?

It doesn't matter. If you put a steroided out Clemmens on the mound with Gossage, Fingers, and Rivera in the pen, this team would still lose.

Everybody in baseball knows that the Mets will NEVER score a run, EVER. Just keep sending your batters up there waiting for a hanging curveball, an error, or Dar NoGood to let up 75 passed balls. You'll eek out one run and it will hold up.

This is the WORST, most unprofessional bunch of hitters ever to assemble on a diamond.

Hey pitcher: You walked the leadoff Met? No problem, he won't score.

You gave up a leadoff double and the 3, 4, and 4 hitters are coming up? Chill out, you're gonna get a popup and two strikeouts. Even if you roll the ball up to the plate.

What, you loaded up the bases with two outs? David Wright is up? Don't worry, just hang him a curveball and he'll crush a moon shot all the way to your Center fielder's glove at the warning track.

Worthless bunch of scrubs!

mrmet57
mrmet57

Lets face it Sandy will have Dice k replace Mejia he has always wanted him. He would never bring up Montero now even though fans want him. sandy does what Sandy wants TC has NO say

pochemu
pochemu

Terry Collins is an idiot.

Harry Torres
Harry Torres

Whoever it is has to steal the spotlight from tanaka

Randy Dela Cruz
Randy Dela Cruz

Let Mejia work through his problems. Don't give up on him yet. Focus on offense instead.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

You have to go Mejia in this situation, let Mejia be the closer and Dice-k be the setup man. He has been the least of your problems in the pen. Who cares that it's the Yankees let's see what the kid can do in the bright lights. Get Thor up here already get them their experience now. Go through their up's and downs so they're ready for next season. Trade Neise or Gee and get a damn bat for this lineup.

helloboy
helloboy

I am sick of players dictating to teams how they should be used.  SHUT UP!  You are a resource and will be used to the teams best advantage.  Just because you think you are better in another role does not mean its true.  You are a 5 inning pitcher right now and get bombed coming to the end of that.   The pen is the place for you buddy.  You have good stuff and are trouble to hit first time through.  Make use of this fact and you can have a long career and get more $.  Otherwise, have fun playing for the Long Island Ducks in a few years.

Alex Cooper
Alex Cooper

Montero has nothing else to prove. Bring him up and try Mejia in the pen.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Bring the kid up and Terry and Sandy will make sure they screw his head up, like they have done to the others! It doesn't make a difference, the karma of that staff stinks!

dooley
dooley

You need a lot more evidence to compare Fernandez to Mejia.

Even Strawberry hinted that he would excel as a closer, and you are disregarding Mejia's injury history.

hankypanky
hankypanky

You mean players like Tejada get a short leash?

Hmmm.

grillruben
grillruben

@cver  

I look at this the opposite way.If you throw him out against the Yankees and he does well, especially considering his last start in AAA he gave up zero hits, he is going to enter the league with a ton of confidence. 


TC likes to baby these guys, but to me I'd rather throw these guys right into the fire. If you expect them to anchor our staff in the near future what is the difference? This isn't the 2009 Yankees lineup.

Greg Nichols
Greg Nichols

Don't watch then Bro. You already know how it's gonna happen. Go root for another team.

heynow20
heynow20

It would be damn near impossible to hit a ball far that was rolled to the plate...

Dan Waters
Dan Waters

I think mejia should get a couple of more starts. He needs to build up his stamina and if he falters in the next two starts then consider replacing him.

owlnut
owlnut

Mejia doesn't have the stamina to pitch as a starter. He expends so much energy the first two times through the batting order, he has very little left for the rest of the game. He should be in the pen, maybe even work as the closer.

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

Sandy is the worst. Really sick of this guy. He's barely done anything as GM and walks around like he's constructed the worlds greatest teams.

cver
cver

@grillruben @cverI definitely thought of that, too - another valid way of looking at it. If he succeeds, it's unbelievable.  If he gets shelled, well...as you say, maybe it's best not to baby them, I dunno.  It reminds me of Wheeler in Atlanta for his first start, which worked out well.

D
D

@owlnut  if given some time to figure it out, he just might- he has potential as a starter.  I personally feel Mejia is right about his history of arm injuries not being suited for the daily grind of the Pen, especially a Pen managed by Collins

James
James

@D @owlnut  Really key point, especially a pen managed by Collins.  My goodness Dice-K needs like 70 pitches to warm up and he still gets used every other day.  Collins would destroy Mejia's arm in the pen in 2 weeks.