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Mets considering sending Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen

May 10, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

Jenrry Mejia AP

Mets starter Jenrry Mejia, who held the Phillies to two runs in 4 2/3 innings in Friday night’s start, may find himself in the bullpen soon, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Prior to the start, Mejia was coming off of a couple of tough outings against the Marlins and Rockies in which he allowed a combined 14 runs in 10 innings.

Some believe Mejia profiles better as a reliever given his arsenal and the fact that his effectiveness significantly drops off his third time through the batting order. Over his career, he has held opponents to a .641 OPS the first time he faces them in a game, .771 the second time, and .953 the third time, per Baseball Reference.

If Mejia moves to the bullpen, the Mets could slide Daisuke Matsuzaka into the rotation. The Mets also plan to call up pitching prospect Rafael Montero soon to contribute out of the bullpen. Their plan is to use him in relief for a bit, then send him back down to Triple-A Las Vegas to stretch out as a starter, and then later call him back up to pitch out of the rotation.

  1. asimonetti88 - May 10, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    well they’re certainly not going to make him DH. Or any of their other pitchers for that matter

  2. thedudabides - May 10, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    And most pointless comment of the night goes to… ^

  3. kappy32 - May 10, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    Why in the world would they bring Montero up to pitch in the bullpen just to send him back down to stretch out as a starter when there will be an open spot in the rotation? The guy has been starting his entire career & his future is as a starter. They run the risk of messing the guy up with mechanics & injury by doing this. Montero (and Syndergaard & deGrom) is the future of the Mets rotation, not Matsuzaka. Yet another head scratching move made by the dysfunctional front office of the NY Mets.

    • raynman49 - May 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      It’s all about the money.

      • kappy32 - May 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        I don’t see how this has anything to do with money. The fact that Montero & Syndergaard are still in the minors & didn’t make the opening day roster is purely for financial reasons. If they broke camp with both of them they would have been Super 2 eligible. By keeping them down until at least June they assure that they can keep them from reaching arbitration eligibility for another year. Nevertheless, whenever they call either of them up, their MLB service time clock starts running. As a matter of fact, by switching around Montero from starter to reliever is not financially feasible because they will be forced to use one of his options in sending him down to stretch out for starting. If they keep his options, they have more roster flexibility down the line, which equates to financial flexibility. This move just doesn’t make sense any way you slice it. I don’t understand the desire to make things more difficult than they have to be.

  4. vinniecran - May 10, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    To figure out any move by the Mets, check the money situation and determine the cheapest way out.. That will be the way the move goes, except for the fans. The fans want a winner and the management does not want to spend the money. Let the front office ask the fans to support the team so they can put more money in their pocket.

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