Now is the time for the New York Mets to shut down closer Jenrry Mejia, who is pitching with a hernia. He has been a bright spot out of the Mets’ bullpen, and since it has been revealed that he is pitching with an injury all throughout August, he has been getting rocked. We haven’t seen the same guy we saw over the first four months of the year, and you can see that he isn’t right. Now the Mets have to consider shutting him down.
Mejia has had a solid year, but over the month of August, he has been dreadful. In nine appearances this month, Mejia is 0-3 with a 7.27 ERA and a blown save; this is not the guy we saw step into the closer role and thrive earlier in the year. Mejia has been the victim of two home runs that would eventually cost the Mets the game in their most recent series with the Chicago Cubs.
His struggles have been a common theme of late, so my question is, why is he still being thrown out there? It is known that he is dealing with an injury and it’s not like he has a sore ankle; he has a hernia which is an internal injury. I’m sure that the injury has to be creating his struggles because he was lights out before there was any report of him being injured. I can’t imagine pitching with a hernia; it has to mess with his mechanics. I really can’t see how it isn’t an issue.
Of late, I’ve seen teams attacking Mejia’s first pitch and been awfully successful. On the year, teams are batting .400 with three home runs and 14 RBIs on Mejia’s first pitch; they aren’t just hitting it, they are teeing off on it. We saw Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro take a flat first-pitch cutter on Sunday afternoon the opposite way for a home run which gave the Cubs a 2-1 win.
That has been an issue lately. His pitches don’t seem to have the bite that they had early in the season and he is missing his spots which has caused him to be knocked around. The numbers say it all in July as he was flat out dominant in 11 appearances going 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA and recording seven saves. This month has been the polar opposite and you can’t say the injury doesn’t have anything to do with it.
He is not going to get better anytime soon and I hate seeing him go out there at anything less than 100 percent. These hitters are too good to be seeing thing anything less than a pitcher’s A game and Mejia hasn’t brought that because he’s injured right now. I know he would never admit that the injury is a problem, but you can see in his performance that it is.
The Mets have other options to replace Mejia if they do in fact decide to shut him down. Guys like Jeurys Familia and Vic Black would both be able to get the job done as we have seen them excel in the set-up role, and I feel like either would be a solid option at closer. I just hope the Mets do the right thing with Mejia because he has been ineffective and is only putting himself at risk of further injury.