Terry Collins said that Jenrry Mejia, who was recently moved to the bullpen, would serve as the closer on Thursday night. However, Collins noted that the closer is still a game-to-game thing, due in part to the fact that Mejia hasn’t yet been tested on consecutive days.
While the role of closer hasn’t been officially bestowed on Mejia, Collins indicated that it’s likely bound to happen.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the last time Mejia pitched on back-to-back days was June 4 and 5 in 2010, when he was in the major league bullpen for the Mets.
Now that Mejia is in the bullpen, it’s imperative (both for Mejia and the club) that he’s used in a prominent role.
While it’s too soon to anoint Mejia the closer of the future, he should be given every opportunity to show that his repertoire can work when closing games – and it appears the Mets will give him that opportunity.