Let’s talk about Jenrry Mejia! Yes, you read that right.
No, the first player to ever receive the lifetime ban for PEDs (a ban that he has since been reinstated from) did not pitch in the big leagues this season. He did however pitch in The Mexican League for the Algodoneros de Union Laguna, so that’s something. In 26 games and 28.1 innings pitched, Mejia had a 3.81 ERA and 14 saves, not too shabby.
Really though, this was just an excuse to talk about him. Remember how fun he was when he was on the Mets? There are few things in the last decade of Mets baseball that stand out more than his stomp after he saved a game. For a little while there, he was actually really solid too. He carried a ton of weight in 2014, racking up 93.2 innings pitched in 63 appearances, including 28 saves and seven starts.
The Mets even used him as a starter at the beginning of the
year, and while he wasn’t nearly as good in that role, he certainly wasn’t close to the worst thing Mets fans had ever seen. Then, after he transitioned to the bullpen role, he put up a 2.72 ERA from that point forward. His 3.65 ERA on the year isn’t even that bad, but it doesn’t show just how good he really was.
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Yes, he may have been a bit of a roller coaster ride while on the mound, but what reliever isn’t? The bottom line is he got the job done, and while his time in the bright New York spotlight might have been brief, it was as memorable as they come.