Today the Mets played their first game of the Spring and tied the Braves 5-5 through 10 innings. Since I was at the game, there will be no numbers in this post game because in the spring numbers do not matter. It is all an evaluation of how the players look so just some bullet notes on the game from a live watch point of view.
- Mejia had spectacular stuff today since he struck out 3 guys (all looking). However, his control was off as he threw more than 1 wild pitch, including a run scoring pitch.
- Beato looked sensational with control and his stuff.
- I was impressed with Taylor Tankersley…if he can stay healthy then he can be a real asset to the team
- Reyes looked really good getting a hit. His legs also looked healthy.
- Wright hit the ball hard in both his at-bats and made a great diving play. I was pleased.
- Ike and Pagan didn’t look completely comfortable today.
- Bay and Castillo each had a hit, but Bay did strike out.
- Fernando Martinez had the most up and down day today, first he tried to launch a ball to the cut off man and missed him, causing an error. However, he did hit a 2 run homer to tie the game.
- Acosta looked off and got hit hard today in his second inning of work.
- The Mets showed some comeback potential today tying the game in the bottom of the 9th and 10th to avoid the loss.
- I also loved making all the “Who” jokes when Chin-Lung Hu was at bat or on the basepaths.
Overall, I had a great day at the park and saw most of the players whom I wanted to see live play. I did take some not so good photos just from my seat and I would have put them up however, my friend Garrison decided to delete my phone memory (it was an accident.) But don’t worry you’re not missing much. You guys can get WAY better Mets pictures over at Metsblog. I hope everyone enjoys my postgames throughout the year. All the others hereafter will be more numerical than this. It only feels right to end with…LETS GO METS!
Today an MRI revealed that 20-year-old Jenrry Mejia has a shoulder strain and his season has come to an end. He left Wednesday’s game in the 3rd inning without allowing a hit. It has not yet been announced who will take his spot in the rotation. Lets just hope Jenrry is ok for 2011.
- Jenrry Mejia started going 2 1/3 innings letting up 0 hits, 1 run (unearned), 2 walks, and a strikeout. He left the game with an injury.
- Jose Reyes got 2 hits including a solo home run.
- Valdes, Misch, Dessens, Feliciano, Parnell, and Takahashi finished off the game.
- Ike Davis got an RBI double, Hessman got an RBI hit, Pagan had 2 RBI, and Arias got an RBI.
- Takahashi is 7 for 7 in save chances this year.
The Mets were down 5-0 in this game before they came back with a 7 run inning.
I hope hope hope Mejia is okay. I would be okay if he was shut down for the rest of the year as a precautionary reason.
If the Mets could finish hot this year, it could carry over to 2011.
This was the first 3 game winning streak for the Mets since spring.
Grade for the Game: A-
- The headline of the day was Jenrry Mejia’s first career start. For the first start of his career he did ok going 5 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts.
- Ike Davis broke out of a power slump hitting his 16th home run of the year.
- Carlos Beltran had a big day getting 3 hits including an RBI double off the wall in center.
- Luis Castillo stole home on a double steal in the 4th.
Castillo stealing home…who would have thought?
Mejia should have only given up 3 runs because of a strikeout wild pitch that should have ended the inning. That’s what you get with a rookie catcher blocking the plate.
It was good to see Ike hit for some power and get a hit the other day. Maybe a hit streak is coming?
Grade for the Game: C
The Mets made their September call-ups today bringing up LF Lucas Duda and RHP Jenrry Mejia. Duda is making his debut tonight as Mejia will start Saturday at Wrigley.
Mets Prospect Jenrry Mejia has been a great starter so far in AA posting a 1.31 ERA down there. The Mets have promoted him to AAA now so if he succeeds there then, he could be a late september call up. I say 1 or 2 good starts in AAA will earn him a spot up here.
As soon as today’s game ended the Mets optioned RHP Jenrry Mejia to Double-A to become a starter. This move should have been done a long time ago. He was not ready for the big leagues and will help us later in the future as a starter. Most are guessing that the Mets will call up Parnell from Triple-A to replace Mejia on the Mets.
Tonight after the game, Jerry Manuel inferred that Jenrry Mejia and Ruben Tejada had made the 25 man roster. I believe Mejia will be there to stay (hopefully as the setup man) and that Tejada will only be there until Reyes returns. The only reason Tejada would stay is if Castillo turns into the backup second baseman for the Mets. Either way they both need plenty of playing time. We will have to see what Jerry announces.