Tagged: Jenrry Mejia

Not Quite…

To start off, I want to say that I watched the first 6 innings and then had to leave to play in a broomball game, so some of my analysis will come from recaps and box scores…

First of all, we began the non-Santana version of our rotation tonight.  John Maine got the nod and did not look very good at all.  He barely went 5 innings, gave up 8 hits, 4 runs, walked 1, and struck out 3.  Surprisingly, he did not throw many fastballs, which has been his calling card since he came into the league.  He has been developing other pitches in Spring Training (and with his arm surgery dropping his mph, he will need them), but hung a few off-speed pitches and got burned.  The first HR to Cantu was one of those.  He was also plagued with a lack of control.  His strike/ball ratio was 53/39 and had 1 quick inning.  We’re going to need more out of Maine, in the future…

The bullpen pitched…eh.  6 relievers combined to pitch 5 innings, but still gave up 3 runs and 9 hits.  Hisanori Takahashi gave up the run in the 10th inning and took the loss.  I really have very little confidence in the bullpen, at all.  K-Rod is fine.  I like Feliciano for the most part and I want to trust Nieve (who actually came in to clean up Takahashi’s mess)…he is very close to gaining my trust.  Other than that…its completely hit or miss. 

I do like that the team fought back to tie it from down 6-1.  That shows some fight and tenacity that seemed to disappear in 2009.  But…we only got 6 hits…in the entire 10 innings.  During the rally, they scored 2 runs on bases loaded walks, 1 on an error, 1 on a sac fly, and 1 on a balk.  While, I will take runs any way we can get them, I would like to see some hits, especially with RISP (0 for 6, tonight). 

Tidbits:

  • The ratio of hits to K’s for Mike Jacobs is 1 to 4…in 9 total ABs…
  • I am not a fan of Japanese relievers. Perhaps there are a few good ones, although I cannot think of 1 (Sasaki for a year?  Maybe Okajima?).  The Mets always seem to start the year with at least one…and they never seem to work out. 
  • Jenrry Mejia made his MLB debut for the Mets, tonight.  Pitched 1 inning, 3 hits, 1 run with a K.  He can throw 4 pitches, all for strikes.  Depending on the progression of the rotation, I would not be at all surprised to see him get a start, this year.  At 20 years old, he is the youngest Mets pitcher to make his debut since…Dwight Gooden.
  • The Marlins pitchers combined for 9 walks…
  • Nolasco has had trouble with the Mets throughout his career; yet, he was in position to win, tonight…ironic, due to Johnson’s consistent dominance of the Mets and they beat him, yesterday…

Thursday, 7:10, Citi Field, Robertson vs. Niese…