Mets Game 63 Open Thread

Wow, I turn on the TV a few minutes after game time and it’s 5-0 Mets. Comment away …

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  1. metstoday June 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm
    Big Pelf is hunching over a bit in his leg lift, just before his left leg starts descending. As a result his weight is leaning toward 3B and throwing off his balance, which in turn affects his control and prevents him from getting on top of the curveball.

    A very minor mechanical issue, it's something he has done occasionally in the past, but today it is more pronounced and throwing him off (pardon the pun).

  2. MikeTomaselli June 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm
    Joe, you should never excuse yourself from making a pun…

    So at this point Mejia is clearly not helping the team in his current form. He is not effective when used and is being completely wasted sitting in the pen. Can we please move him back to the minors to start?

  3. isuzudude June 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    Mike, I agree and disagree with your comment. I agree because I believe Mejia never should have joined the Met bullpen from opening day. The sporadic relief opportunities he has been given are doing nothing to develop him into the "Doc Gooden" clone all the scouting reports were touting him to be.

    But now that he's here, and with seeing how Nieve's arm has fallen off and Igarashi has failed to live up to expectations, Mejia is the best option the Mets have as far as a setup man goes (unless you like Elmer Dessens, instead). Mejia hasn't been used as the 8th inning guy, and could very well crap the bad if given the chance, but his stuff suggests he'd be best suited for that role out of all the relievers currently on the team. I'd still love to stretch him out and get him some reps in at AA or AAA as a starter in preparation of his future, but right now his best place to help the team may be in the bullpen.

    And I think it's inaccurate to say "he is not effective when used." Before yesterday's outing his ERA was under 3.00, which is darn good. He also hadn't given up a run in his last 7 appearances before yesterday, dating back to May 22. I would say that, compared to most of our other right-handed setup options, Mejia has been one of the most effective out of the bunch.

  4. MikeTomaselli June 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    As I remember it, Mejia was supposed to be dominant. He was supposed to bring a big strike out arm to the late innings. He really has not been effective in late innings. Every chance he has gotten late in close games he has not been effective. Maybe I am just looking for reasons to demote him, but an average reliever is not nearly as valuable as a minor league starting pitcher with potential to be special.