Saturday, May 10, 2014
Mejia not sharp, but Mets' offense worse
By Danny Knobler
NEW YORK -- Jenrry Mejia threw 101 pitches Friday, and didn't make it out of the fifth inning.
He thought he did just fine.
He didn't, but on another night of struggles for the New York Mets' offense, Mejia's problems did not take center stage.
Jenrry Mejia was yanked after 4 2/3 innings on Friday.
"Two runs, he pitched fine," manager Terry Collins said, after the Mets missed opportunity after opportunity and lost 3-2 in 11 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies. "It was OK. Right now, we've got to figure out how to score. He pitched well enough to win a game. If we score some runs, maybe he stays in."
Yes, but it was 101 pitches in 4 2/3 innings, for a pitcher still trying to prove he can go deep enough into games to be valuable as a starter. Mejia gave up only two runs, after giving up six and eight in his previous two starts, but he also allowed 10 of the 24 batters he faced to reach base.
"I want to be a starter," Mejia said. "I think I'm a starter. I made some adjustments. Today, that was not bad. I think that was good."
You can debate that if you want. The Mets can continue to debate Mejia's future role if they want.
But right now the frustrations on offense are overwhelming everything else.
The Mets didn't score in the final 23 innings they played in Miami earlier this week. They scored two runs Friday -- one in the first inning to break the scoreless streak, and one in the eighth inning to tie the score.
They also left a season-high 15 runners on base. They also went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The Mets left the bases loaded in the first. They left the bases loaded in the second. When they put runners on second and third with no ones in the fifth, they went strikeout, strikeout, groundout and failed to score.
"Obviously, it's a concern," David Wright said. "It's frustrating to leave that many people on base, for sure. But it would be multiplied if we weren't getting guys out there."
Wright suggested the Mets need the one big hit to get them going. But they actually had two big hits Friday, and both just set them up for more frustration.
Then there was Wright's tying two-out double in the eighth. But then Granderson flied out to end the eighth, and the only Mets hit the rest of the way was a two-out Juan Lagares single in the 10th.
It was that kind of night for the Mets -- but also for the Phillies, who left 17 runners on base.
"I'm not worried about anyone else," Collins said. "I'm worried about our team."
Collins professed not to be overly worried about Mejia, despite a third straight less-than-great outing.
"The stuff's real good," Collins said. "He got himself into deep counts. But when he throws it over, when he moves it around, throws strikes, he gets outs, because he's tough to hit.
"He's had better outings with worse results, but the thing I liked is he kept the damage to a minimum."
But for the Mets right now, even minimal damage can prove to be too much.
Duda out of hospital, out of lineup:Lucas Duda, hospitalized Friday because of a stomach ailment, was back at Citi Field in the early innings of Friday's game, but wasn't available to play. Collins said it's unlikely he'll play Duda on Saturday night, either.
"As I sit here, he's not going to play," Collins said. "You can't go through what he went through and have any energy [Saturday]."