Jenrry Mejia couldn’t arrive to Port St. Lucie until last Friday because of an issue with obtaining his VISA, but once he did, he was immediately thrown into the fire, making his Grapefruit League season debut yesterday against the Marlins. Although he claimed he was ready, it certainly didn’t look like it, as he only pitched 1 inning and gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 2. That included an error of his own and surrendering a grand slam.
He overthrew Zach Lutz on a ball hit by Juan Pierre to lead the game off, so instead of getting one out right away, Pierre scampered to third, and scored after the next batter stepped to the plate. He said he threw at the Mets’ Dominican Republic Academy before he was cleared to travel to the states, but he didn’t look very ready in the 30 pitches he threw, with 15 of those being strikes.
I’m still trying to figure out why he was asked to start so quickly after finally arriving to camp; I understand Terry Collins and Dan Warthen probably have a certain pitching rotation they’d like to stick to, but even if Mejia was throwing off a mound in the D.R., why not give him a few extra days to get himself settled instead of throwing him right into game action? They have no problem giving LaTroy Hawkins and Shaun Marcum some extra time before they appear in games again, so why not Mejia as well? Unlike Hawkins and Marcum, Mejia isn’t even expected to make the team out of Spring Training, so rushing him to the mound makes even less sense. It may just be me, but this is another instance where I don’t think Mejia is getting the correct treatment.
Danny Abriano kept us current on all the pertinent news and notes to come out of camp yesterday before and after the Mets took on the Marlins. We found out that Ruben Tejada‘s quad injury was indeed not serious, as he’s expected to return to game action today against the St. Louis Cardinals. Also, as David Wright prepares to head to Arizona Saturday and join Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Collins is polling players to continue the official process of naming the third baseman captain. According to Adam Rubin, veterans like Hawkins and Marlon Byrd (both favorites to make the team, at this point) have given Collins their approval.
Since yesterday’s game wasn’t televised, you can get all of the highlights from New York’s 7-5 loss to Miami right here.
There was a lot of great stuff on Rising Apple yesterday; late Monday night, I discussed the rumors circulating that the Mets and Marlins had discussions about Giancarlo Stanton. Danny Abriano talked about Wilmer Flores and the second base situation, while Sam Maxwell is pleading for Matt den Dekker to start hitting so we can see his fantastic defense at Citi Field soon. Also, Dan Haefeli did a great job by doing some number crunching in his latest edition of Fun with Numbers and asked whether or not the Mets’ payroll matters.
The Mets are hosting the Cardinals this afternoon at 1:10pm; if you can get away from your desk, the game will be televised on MLB Network, but WFAN will also be airing it if you’d rather listen to the radio.