MILWAUKEE - Mets relievers posted a 1.05 ERA in their last 11 games entering play Thursday night. And in the month of July, their 2.47 ERA ranked second in the National League.
The reasons for the upswing begin at the end.
Closer Jenrry Mejia has converted five chances in a row, even though he's had a clean inning just once in that span.
"He has taken to the role right now as good as you can want anybody to," manager Terry Collins said. "He believes he can do the job. He's not shaken by anybody on base. He continues to want to make his pitch."
Mejia, 24, has converted 13 of his 15 chances while posting a 2.28 ERA, making an almost seamless transition from starter to reliever.
"He's got all the confidence in the world in his stuff," Collins said. "He's done a really nice job."
Mejia has also found an effective partner in Jeurys Familia, 24, who continues to establish himself as the setup man. Familia has allowed just one run since June 12, posting an 0.47 ERA in that stretch.
Familia has held righthanded batters to a .135 average, making him a valuable piece in the bullpen.
"As we go back at the beginning of the year, one of the things that worried us the most was that he was going to fall behind in the count or walk somebody," Collins said. "That feeling's gone now."
Curtis Granderson returned after missing two games with a stomach ailment . . . The Mets had been kings of losing the close game. But after Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Mariners, the Mets improved to 15-21 in one-run games. They have won five of their last six one-run contests.
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