March 20.10: Grooming Mejia?

It would be nice if the Mets would just come out and say it with Jenrry Mejia, but things don’t work that way. However, Jerry Manuel has given a good indication the Mets are considering him for this year out of the bullpen right out of the gate.

Mejia pitched yesterday, and is also scheduled to work today against the Cardinals out of the pen. It will be the first time he’s worked this season on consecutive days – always a test for a reliever – and it is coming off a bad outing, which is another test.

John Maine gets the start today, and it will be interesting to see how he does. Maine was hammered in his last appearance, which was out of the pen, and later he said he “wasn’t into it.” Here’s hoping he’s into it today.

Here’s today’s lineup:

Gary Matthews, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Fernando Tatis, 3B
Mike Jacobs, 1B
Fernando Martinez, RF
Alex Cora, SS
Jason Pridle, LF
Chris Coste, C
John Maine, RP

7 thoughts on “March 20.10: Grooming Mejia?

  1. JD
    I agree, it would be nice for the Mets to be more(transparent , honest ) with the plans with Mejia.
    You’re also right, that is just not the way it works.
    This is not just a Met issue.
    In yesterday’s game against the Twins Ron Darling spent time talking about how the Twins are not revealing the true extent of Joe Nathans injury and their plans for him this season. He said that if you ask about Nathans injury they will not answer the question.
    I guess in Minnesota you can get away with this.

  2. Baloney: The Twins announced Nathan has a ” tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow ” and that id he can’t throw after a couple weeks of rest he will have TJ. The only thing the Twins haven’t announced is when he’s going to try to throw again. And this is what Gardenshire said about that “”Let the guy live in peace here,” Gardenhire said. “See if he can throw the ball, and if he can’t and grimaces in pain and goes to the ground, I don’t really want you to see that … and if he goes and hugs and kisses [Anderson] because it feels great, we don’t want you to see that either.” I’ll take that over Met BS any day. If BS artist Jerry Manuel would give an answer like that he’d get away with it even in NYC ho,me of the small marke t and small minded NYMETS front office.

  3. I really can’t bury Maine because it’s Spring Training, but you do have to be concerned about him at this point. I’m just trying to stay positive.

  4. Anybody know why Mejia did not pitch?

    Seems rather binary to me with him anyway. Either you acknowledge that your roster preparation was a failure and you need him to anchor the pen as 8th inning guy and K-Rod heir apparent, or you let him develop as a starter. The “tweener” approach is doomed to fail. He is not Parnell – he has a real live arm and is a true prospect. They should just pick a plan and follow it. I heard Ed Kranepool on the radio today talking about him and saying there is no doubt he could pitch in majors now. Question only is what is his role. Define it and don’t j_rk him around.

  5. i cant comment on how stupid the mets are being with this guy.

    is there any chance we will get competent baseball people running the baseball team this year?

  6. When Pelfrey was in his first year in the system the Mets had old players like Al Jackson saying he could pitch in the majors “right now” too. They are boosting the kids. How accurate was Jackson, who, unlike Kranepool should have had some credibility as a pitcher.
    dave: The answer to your questionis obviously NO!