Apr 26, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) heads to the dugout after being relieved during the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen talk needs to stop

Prior to Sunday’s game, Mets manager Terry Collins said that Jenrry Mejia and the bullpen will “always” be in the conversation.

Jenrry Mejia had a disastrous fifth inning in Colorado on Saturday, allowing eight runs in the Mets’ eventual loss. That inning came on the heels of Mejia’s prior start against Miami at Citi Field, where he also fell apart in the fifth inning after cruising for most of the game. Cause for concern? Sure. Cause for Terry Collins to start throwing “Mejia” and “bullpen” around? No.

While Mejia has struggled the third time through the order thus far in 2014, there’s noting to indicate that those struggles are a result of diminished stuff – which would make bullpen talk sensible.

Rather, Mejia’s struggles appear to be a combination of a failure to mix his pitches properly, struggling to maintain his composure, and some bad luck.

Prior to his last two starts, Mejia had tossed 11.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

Aside from the analysis of Mejia’s performance, is the fact that both he and team decision makers view the starting rotation as his only true spot at the moment.

Mejia feels that stints in the bullpen earlier in his career contributed to his eventual Tommy John surgery, and has stated that he would rather start in the minors than relieve in the majors.

Additionally, the Mets stated unequivocally before the season that they view Mejia as a starter.

Mejia, who lost lots of development time due to injury, is younger than Matt Harvey. He deserves a full chance to prove what he can do as a starting pitcher in the major leagues.

If Mejia fails a prolonged audition as a starting pitcher, it will be time to consider alternative roles. However, now is not the time.


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  • takerrulez

    Part of Mejia last start is his fault. More to me should be 9 the shoulders of Terry Collins. When the score became 6-4 and they had 1st and 3rd one out and still with the lead that was the time to pull him. N I Collins who has no clue how to manage his pitchers again left him in and he hit Troy and then gave up the grandslam. So part of it is on Mejia, but you as a manger have to know look my guy looks lost out there we can still win this game let me pull him now. Then to put more gas on the fire he starts to talk about putting him in the pen. NOOOOO. If he needs a start or 2 in the minors you go that route. This guy is a starting pitcher. Collins has to stop this crap. Again with the Eric Young Thing That He Needs To play??? No he is a 4th outfielder period. Alderson might need to interject sometimes. We finally have a presentable team thst could even make a push for the playoffs. But with the thinking of Collins forget it

  • Not4Nutten

    Good Job Danny, Terry Collins Is The Most discouraging Manager in Baseball, Colon gets killed but no talk of him in the Bull Pen! Instead of encouraging his Young players, Terry points to them as says, you see it’s not my fault, it’s these kids, he kills their confidence ,(Davis,Tejada) working real hard on Wheeler, Lagaras and Mejia, how on earth was he ever in charge of player development! Instead O’s saying how do I fix this fans, we have to be patient, where working on it, he constantly stabs them in the back! The players will stop playing for him like the guys in Arizonia, Terry couldn’t get his Astros in the Plyoffs, only after he left did they make it and the players on his Angel Team signed a petition to have him fired and Management agreed! He’s got to back off, The Rockies beat us to a pulp and hopefully the young guys learned something and will be able to move on! Mejia has a lot of talent, put him on The Cards or The Braves, where they develop their pitchers and look out, the guy that needs the demotion, is the guy running the team!

  • John Tejeda

    I agree with this article 100%. He’s a young pitcher who needs time to develop and learn. He’s had two bad starts, things that young pitchers tend to do from time to time. He was dominant early in both of his last two starts and you will be hard pressed to find anyone on the team who says that the two big innings were 100% his fault. Let the kid go out and learn how to pitch and work through the batting order three times. I don’t think people should overreact after two bad outings in his first real season in the big leagues. Remember, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux had terrible records and high ERAs their first 2 seasons before they learned how to become Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.