The Mets are now 4-0 in games started by Jenrry Mejia.
On Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, Mejia was sizzling as he held the defending NL champs to just four hits in 6.2 scoreless innings.
With blister-gate completely behind him, the young righty looked like an unstoppable force on the mound, stopping the Cards’ high-powered offense dead in their tracks with an explosive fastball.
“Coming off the blister … we weren’t sure what he was going to give us,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He gave us more than we expected, for sure.”
Mejia struck out seven and walked three, and in the process he extended his scoreless streak to 13.2 innings.
Modest to the core, “That was pretty good,” Mejia said about his outing, “but all of my infielders helped me a lot. Tejada and Murphy, they made a couple of double plays over there. That made me feel pretty good.”
It was right after the fifth inning that it occurred to me that Mejia may be the best starting pitcher we have right now, despite coming within a split-hair decision of beginning the season in the minors. It’s funny how things go sometimes in this game.
It seems like Mejia has been around forever, but the 24-year old is the same age as Matt Harvey and six months older than Zack Wheeler. He now finds himself with a perfect 3-0 record and a 1.99 ERA. This number five starter is pitching more like an ace.