Rotation and bullpen projection, plus the future of Jenrry Mejia

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Opening Day pitching staff is looking like it will end up like this:

Rotation: Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jon Niese.
Bullpen: Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Carlos Torres, Jose Valverde, Jeurys Familia, Scott Rice and John Lannan.

The organization has better pitchers than some of the men in this group, such as Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jenrry Mejia. However, I understand the long-term plan and business reasons that will delay what is going to eventually be an amazing pitching staff. This group will get there, and we’ll get to see soon, but we’re going to have to keep waiting, with promotions likely coming this summer.

Jenrry MejiaMejia deserves to be in the rotation. He’s earned it. However, my understanding is that, because Matsuzaka can opt out if not on the roster by May 1, and because he could actually have trade value if he pitches well, and because Mejia has a history of injury and is lacking innings experience, it’s easier to just demote Mejia and keep Matsuzaka where he pitched well at the end of 2013.

The question is: Will the Mets keep Mejia as a starting pitcher or make him a reliever to possibly help the big-league bullpen sooner than later?

Team insiders have said they will huddle late in spring training to decide Mejia’s fate, because they no longer want to keep shifting his role (ESPN NY, Mar. 18). I still believe they’ll choose to make him a starting pitcher, mostly because he’s done it well and starting pitchers are clearly viewed as more valuable considering how much more money they make than relievers. The only justifiable argument for making him a reliever would be that the team believes his arm and health are better suited for the bullpen, given the amount of innings and preparation to pitch. Otherwise, if he can start, he should start.




128 comments
dcw
dcw

Please explain the business reasons that will delay what is going to eventually be an amazing pitching staff. I see this comment so often...but it seems like delaying the inevitable.  Will paying around 2 or 3 million in arbitration versus league minimum and getting one half year extra at league minimum before free agency justify this?  Am I missing something? 

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Package Mejia for a SS if not Flores at SS.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

I like this pitching staff. If we can just get people to hit, I think we could make some noise in the NL East.

xplr
xplr

Syndy is going nowhere unless someone overpays.


Absolutely no reason to sign Drew, who no one really wants.


Trade d'Arnaud? I'd want a much better than average middle infielder.  We have what every team wants and needs, which is a surplus of good young pitching. We should let the market come to us, instead of making a dumb deal like the Kazmir for Trachsel deal years ago.

boodge106
boodge106

I am usually pretty supportive when it comes to the Mets and most of the decisions they make, because I know that at the end of the day, the people making those decisions know more when it comes to baseball decisions than I do.  But this one I really don't agree with.  Mejia should be in the rotation, period.  I get why Montero won't be there, and I get why Syndergaard won't either.  But Mejia should be the starter.  I also know he hasn't thrown enough innings to go 200 this year if they needed him to.  But they are making it work with Syndergaard so he can pitch a full year, why can't they do the same with Mejia?  His talent and experience dictate him to be in the MLB rotation, not in AAA.

1harris1
1harris1

Looking to capitalize on Dice K 's trade value? LOL at such mickey mouse nonsense. Nothing ever changes with this franchise. Cater to mediocre veterans (at best ) at the expense of a promising kid.

Cynical Mike
Cynical Mike

So, we're supposed to start winning this year, and we have arms in the minors better than those in the rotation, probably for 1/3 of the season. Really? Nothing like spotting the opposition a few.

Tom Yorke Sr.
Tom Yorke Sr.

I thought Niese  was going to start the season on the DL?


John Schod
John Schod

Some people don't like Matt Harvey's swagger....

Some of these people also criticized Jose Reyes swagger....How's our shortstop and leadoff situation now?

Self-confidence is a key element to any successful athlete!

A little swagger is a refreshing, good thing!

Go Harvey!

metsjetsdu
metsjetsdu

Are we just going to wait for Mejia until hes ready to retire ?? Give the kid a spot and leave him the hell alone. If Sandy was as smart as we give him credit for, he would be playing every young position player and putting Mejia and maybe even Montero in the rotation. Want to know why ? We are not winning the world series this year. I'm pretty sure that's a given. Let the young guys play, let them get used to the big leagues, that way next year when its time to start winning ( like we hear every year) the young guys won't be deer in headlights out there. Starting to get really really frustrated with this team and the season hasn't started yet. Usually takes me until July to feel like this. 

John Schod
John Schod

Before the season is over, Matt Den Dekker will be one of the starting outfielders. If he can controls his strikeouts, he has the best combination of tools of this group! Go MdD!!

I think Josh Satin is going to have a very good season, too!

Jordan Moskowitz
Jordan Moskowitz

Maybe to start the season; have a CF platoon of Kirk and Lagares.  EY Jr. should not start in the OF this season ( unless giving someone an off day); Lagares's and Kirk's hitting and fielding ability are way better. I'm sure I'm gonna get comments like Kirk sucks blah blah blah, but he has earned at least a 25 man roster spot based on his performance (or even MDD).

adam
adam

Let's break it down real easy. Old washed up players who have nothing to do with our future plans make the team, and our talented, major league ready prospects go to the baseball mecca, Vegas!!! Clayton Kershaw turned 26 today!!!! He's been in the show for 6 years!!! Jose Fernandez is 21. 80% of the Cardinals staff is under 25. What the he'll are we waiting for???? Why excite the fan base when you can dazzle them with Dice K's gyro ball? Thanks Sandy. 

legs3
legs3

Exactly we have Colon taking up a spot that a young pitcher could have and the $20 million could of bought us Drew and Morales and we would of solved 2 position problems and not hurt our staff one bit.  History will show we will be 10 games out by May and they will be here struggling to get back what we lost in the first 2 months and never catch up.  We are always waiting for something to formulate instead of being aggressive.  Do we learn anything from the Rays, Cards, Braves that use their youngsters at the major league level and progress there instead of wasting time in the minors proving nothing except saving money on on their eligibility for RUBY TUESDAY.  Yea they can develop there and then come up and have TJ surgery.  Really?

dannym28
dannym28

why bother, bring them up now so you can save the flight cost in 2 weeks

upstaphan
upstaphan

Why did we commit $20 million and two years to Colon when we have so many young pitchers ready to go and no legit first baseman or shortstop? Makes no sense.

queva
queva

Relax Matt... Mejia will be in New York next month as a starter.

hashburry
hashburry

Scary.  And not in a good way.  Another lost season until the young guys start getting called up.  Out of it by trade deadline.  Hopefully, Colon pitches decent enough to get traded for some more minor league talent.

72tilltc
72tilltc

I would rather watch Thor Mejia etc. See which ones pan out see if Flores can play ss. If everyone says wait till next year at least evaluate and get ready to roll. Instead we will be getting our feet wet next year and lose again.

javy180
javy180

Bull pen sucks and who care about Matsuzaka he's terrible. Mejia should be the 5th starter. There's nothing new with these Mets.

Jon Salazar
Jon Salazar

They switched mejias role to many times now they don't know what to do with him younger fans like myself love mejia he's got gas

Doubleday
Doubleday

2014 was supposed to be about Harvey, Wheeler, Gee, and Niese.  WIth Harvey out, this is PLAN B.  With Niese as good as out, we are now on PLAN C.  Thus, the whole idea of 2014 being the turnaround year has been pushed back a season.  

2015 will be about Harvey, Wheeler, Syndegaard, Gee, Mejia, and Montero.  Colon will be traded before 2015, and the Mets will eat half his contract.  Matsuzaka wll be gone, Niese will be gone, and Lannan will still be in the bullpen.

Colon will go in a package deal for a position player.  This isn't rocket science.

Two pitchers that suck ss I good for nothing wtf

@ifti99  Kazmir was dealt for Victor Zambrano

Cynical Mike
Cynical Mike

As planned, he's eligible to come off the DL in time for the 5th game.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

@metsjetsdu  No Matasuaka is on this team and he will be given the spot and Lannan will have the long man role and thats all because well those guys are older and more experienced and just deal with it!  Thats Mets logic. 

xplr
xplr

@John Schod  Not sure why Sandy is avoiding the obvious: A platoon between Satin and either  Ike or Duda. The A's have had much success with platoons...why can't we?

xplr
xplr

@John Schod  MDD will never make this team. He has shown no ability at the major league level.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@John Schod  I've been on the Josh Satin bandwagon for a while. Solid contact, very good on-base skills, decent gap power and a good defender. OK against righties and dominates lefties. No reason that can't work as an everyday first baseman for the Mets. I trust he would be more consistent than Ike or Duda. Just look at Satin's minor league numbers. Great everywhere he's been. He's just not toolsy, but he can help this team a lot. The Mets played their best baseball last year with Satin at first everyday- that's a fact.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

@John Schod  I misread your 'too' as lol and when my eyes corrected the statement seemed less valid. 

vimets
vimets

@Jordan Moskowitz Why not just platoon EYjr and Lagares?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@adam  SUPER TWO!  


Sandy's magic system guarantees that all prospects will die of old age before they become eligible for arbitration!

72tilltc
72tilltc

@upstaphan  Best post of the day our strength is the young pitching so he spends money on a guy who is connected to steroids and looks like his bum elbow benefited from illegal medical procedures. Yet he wouldn't pay Dickey?

nsmooth
nsmooth

Agreed, but not easy to swallow

72tilltc
72tilltc

@doubleday  Why would someone trade for Colon when they could have signed him for nothing based on his 18 win season? Do u think he will win 20 and then someone will pay more? Sandy only signs players that are not being bid on they are worthless and untradeable.

John Schod
John Schod

They should have kept Hawkins....more versatile and was a suitable closer, if Parnell goes down again.

I don't get Dice-K being invited back again.

There is going to be an AFLAC rep. selling disability policies to people in the bleachers (and parking lot) during his starts.

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

@ifti99 @John Schod I do wholeheartedly agree that Satin can be a winning MLB player....although I'm not sure The Genius (Alderson) and TC agree. And this platoon works right into Terry Collins plan of having a completely different lineup every day of his managerial tenure.

John Schod
John Schod

I am rooting for Satin. He has a compact, level swing. I am also tired of the drama with some of the other infield candidates....time to show what you got!

Jordan Moskowitz
Jordan Moskowitz

@Victor Triguero @Jordan Moskowitz  This post has nothing to do with Ruben Tejada if you want to bring up that sutuation I say get rid of tejade; throw him in a dumpster.  For SS we should trade for Nick Franklin (IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT) or start Flores.

Jordan Moskowitz
Jordan Moskowitz

@vimets  Because EY Jr. Doesn't hit he's best used as a guy when Murphy or one of the OFers need a day off.  We can also pinch run him in late game situations.  

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@72tilltc @upstaphan  We got Syndergaard and D'Arnaud for Dickey. If you were going to criticize the Mets for anything, it's certainly not that trade.

Tyler Young
Tyler Young

@72tilltc Kind of like Buck and Byrd right?

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

@Jordan Moskowitz @Victor Triguero  If the ridiculous Mets think that Flores is worth throwing at short despite defensive shortcomings then what in the blue blazes is the guy doing in minor league camp.   

John Schod
John Schod

@Zach Ripple @72tilltc@upstaphan The question is they trade Dickey because he was at peak value after his Cy Young Award season or did they not want to pay him the other $20m that he deserved based upon his performance.


I don't know the answer, but the recent history of management's dealings leads me to the latter possibility.


d'Arneau, I am hoping for but have my concerns....Thor is a talent and will probably make the AAA All-Stars.

72tilltc
72tilltc

 Yes you got nothing for them Vic Black and a guy we may never see. Also you forget Byrd with his hidden steroids improved will Colon improve over an 18 win campaign?