Jenrry Mejia allowed a run and two hits, walking two and striking out three, and threw 45 pitches in his first minor league start for Double-A Binghamton Tuesday.
While it was a hot topic of debate whether Mejia should be used in this year’s bullpen or stretched out for next year’s starting rotation, it is hardly relevant anymore.
At 59-60, the Mets dipped back under .500 and are far behind in contention. They now are a season-high 11 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the National League East. In a no-win situation in the wild-card race with co-leaders San Francisco and Philadelphia squaring off, the Mets fell to 8½ games behind the Phillies, who defeated the Giants Tuesday.
With K-Rod out for the season the Mets could hand Mejia the closer’s job as a way to give the youngster practice in pressure situations, but it looks as if the plan is to make him a starter.