Who didn’t see this one coming for the Mets?
When Jenrry Mejia ran from the bullpen to the dugout – without stopping at the mound – at the start of the ninth inning Monday, there was no way that could have been good news.
MEJIA: Goes on DL. (AP)
It wasn’t, as a MRI and X-rays showed inflammation at the back of his right elbow, which landed him on the disabled list today (back-dated to Sunday). Replacing Mejia on the roster will be reliever Erik Goeddel, which keeps the pen at eight.
The Mets’ bullpen is in a state of flux, with Jeurys Familia assuming the closer role and Carlos Torres taking over as the eighth-inning set-up reliever. Game situations could dictate otherwise, but prospect Rafael Montero could get the seventh inning.
Montero, who failed to make the team as a starter, will get more work as the seventh-inning reliever than in long relief. That’s a positive decision by manager Terry Collins. Also positive is to go with Familia as the closer than use a closer-by-committee tactic. That rarely works and all too often leaves the relievers confused about their roles.
It has been a miserable spring for the Mets’ bullpen with Bobby Parnell, Josh Edgin, Vic Black and now Mejia on the disabled list. All but Black have had Tommy John surgery.
The Mets expect Parnell back by the end of the month, but there’s no timetable for Black.
SCORE: Mets 3, Washington 1.
GAME SUMMARY: Bartolo Colon threw six sterling innings and the Mets scored three unearned runs against Max Scherzer. All the Mets’ runs were set up by a pair of errors from Ian Desmond.
PITCHING: Colon gave up one run (Bryce Harper’s homer in the fourth and struck out eight. The bullpen, which is under scrutiny, threw three perfect innings behind Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins and Buddy Carlyle, who earned his first career save at age 37.
HITTING: Lucas Duda drove in two runs with a single and Travis d’Arnaud the final run with a triple. The Mets only had five hits. … Curtis Granderson walked twice.
NOTES: Closer Jenrry Mejia complained of elbow soreness and was unable to pitch the ninth. … Lefty reliever Blevins got Harper on a fly to right to lead off the ninth. … With the victory, the Mets improved their major league best Opening Day record to 35-19. And, they are a team that won a World Series before winning on Opening Day.
UP NEXT: The Mets are off Tuesday, but play the Nationals Wednesday with Jacob deGrom getting the start.
ON DECK: Colon Proves Worth
The Mets built their lead to 3-1 in the seventh when Juan Lagares reached on Ian Desmond’s throwing error and scored on Travis d’Arnaud’s drive off the center field wall.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch-hit for Bartolo Colon to close his pitching line at one run on three hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in six innings
Carlos Torres was the first reliever out of the Mets’ bullpen and put down the Nationals on three straight grounders.
Score: Mets 3, Nationals 1. (7th)
The Mets got to Max Scherzer for two runs in the sixth. Scherzer retired the first two hitters, and then walked Curtis Granderson for the second time. After shortstop Ian Desmond dropped David Wright’s pop-up in short right-center, Lucas Duda ripped a two-run single for the lead.
Colon continued to deal in the sixth. He gave up a single to Bryce Harper (who had also homered in the fourth) and walked Ryan Zimmerman, but got Wilson Ramos for his eighth strikeout to end the inning.
Score: Mets 2, Nationals 1.
Bartolo Colon has pulled it together to retire the last nine hitters he faced. Max Scherzer has been just as sharp for the Nationals. Mets still looking for their first hit.
Score: Mets 0, Nationals 0, 4th inning