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58 Jenrry Mejia RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/205 | Birthdate: 10/11/1989 | Birthplace: Tabara Arriba, Azua, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $494,925 | Owned/Started%: 55/42 | Average Draft Position: 272.15
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Jenrry Mejia relying on five-pitch repertoire in closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has found success as the team's closer, posting a 2.20 ERA and converting 14 of 16 save chances since taking over the role in mid-May. 

Mejia's success has hinged on his ability to rely less on his fastball and more on his secondary pitches, which include a curveball, slider and changeup. He even throws a two-seam fastball on occasion. 

"When a guy has command like that it’s fun," Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said, per The Star-Ledger. "Especially someone in the ninth inning. Most closers have one-two pitches but with four pitches it just makes him that much harder to hit."

Mejia threw his fastball 64 percent of the time as a starter, according to BrooksBaseball.net. It's down to 46 percent in July.

"The hitter is going to think about what is coming because this guy has, like, five pitches that he can throw for strikes," Mejia said. "That’s why I use all my pitches in just one inning. If I use all my pitches they’re not going to get comfortable because they don’t think about if I am starter. I just don’t want, like, fastball and slider. I have five pitches I can throw for strikes and that’s what I do."


Jenrry Mejia Ks three, notches 14th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia struck out three and worked his way around one walk in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Friday night against the Brewers in Milwaukee. He has converted 14 saves in 16 chances, with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 68 1/3 innings of relief this season. 

Jenrry Mejia records 13th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia secured his 13th save Wednesday, giving up two hits and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-2 win over the Mariners.

Mejia earned his second save in as many days despite putting multiple men on base for the first time in four appearances. He owns a 3.74 ERA and 68:32 K:BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings.


Jenrry Mejia slams door for 12th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia recorded his 12th save Tuesday, walking one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 win over the Mariners.

Mejia has rattled off four straight saves since blowing a save opportunity on July 7, which was also the last time he issued a walk before Tuesday. He owns a 3.80 ERA and 66:32 K:BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings.


Jenrry Mejia notches 11th save of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia struck out one and worked his way past a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 5-4 victory over the Padres in San Diego on Friday. Mejia is 11 of 13 in save chances, with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP over 65 1/3 innings of work this season.

Jenrry Mejia secures 10th save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia picked up his 10th save Saturday after striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 5-4 win over the Marlins.

Mejia has surrendered just one earned run in 10 innings over his last nine outings, though he's been able to collect just three saves during that stretch. He owns a 3.92 ERA and 65:31 K:BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings.


Jenrry Mejia picks up ninth save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia earned his ninth save Wednesday, striking out two while giving up two hits in his team's 4-1 win over the Braves.

Mejia rebounded from a blown save Monday to deliver a scoreless inning Wednesday, though he needed 19 pitches to close the door for the win. He owns a 3.98 ERA and 64:31 K:BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings.


Jenrry Mejia unavailable Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia is unavailable Tuesday against the Braves.

Mejia has tossed 2 1/3 innings over the last two games, and will rest Tuesday. If the club needs a closer, Jeurys Familia will get the call. Mejia has a 4.04 ERA over 62 1/3 innings. 


Jenrry Mejia picks up relief win Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia picked up a relied win Friday night against the Rangers.

Mejia was not sharp, but was backed by two runs from the offense in the bottom of the eighth inning. He permitted one run on one hit and one walk over 1 1/3 innings of a 6-5 victory. He owns a 4.20 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP over 60 innings of work.

Jenrry Mejia finishes off Pirates quickly for save No. 8


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia made quick work of the Pirates Saturday, as he closed out a 5-3 win.

Mejia needed just eight pitches to finish off the game, as he induced three quick outs, two via ground ball. The save gives Mejia eight in nine chances since becoming the closer, while he lowered his ERA to 4.17 in 58 1/3 innings overall.


Could Jeurys Familia replace Jenrry Mejia?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia wasn't able to close out Wednesday's win at St. Louis, having to cede the last out to left-hander Dana Eveland with one runner on and one already in. Mejia has now allowed at least one run in five of his last eight appearances. A closer has to be more reliable than that.

Certainly, manager Terry Collins knows that. He's already gone through four or five closer possibilities this season, with Jose Valverde, Kyle Farnsworth and Daisuke Matsuzaka each getting a look in between Bobby Parnell and Mejia. What's stopping him from trying another?

As I mentioned on Thursday's Fantasy Baseball Today, Mejia isn't just unproven as a closer, but as a reliever. Since 2010, he had made just four relief appearances prior to recording his first save this year. Jeurys Familia has had a little more time to transition to the bullpen, and though he hasn't exactly been lights out this year, he does have a 2.52 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings. That would be an improvement over what the Mets have gotten in the ninth inning so far.

In leagues where all 30 closers are worth rostering, Familia is worth a speculative add whether or not you own Mejia.


Jenrry Mejia taken out before completing save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia appeared poised to earn his eighth save Wednesday in St. Louis, but it all unraveled for him. He retired Matt Holliday on a double play grounder, but that was sandwiched inside a double, hit-by-pitch and RBI single by Allen Craig.

Mejia was then removed in favor of Dana Eveland, who nailed down the save.


Jenrry Mejia comes back strong for seventh save


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) In his first appearance since being pulled with back stiffness Thursday, Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia dominated the Padres, tossing two hitless innings to close out Sunday's 3-1 victory. Mejia needed just 18 pitches to record his seventh save in eight chances.

Mets might place Jenrry Mejia on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said if closer Jenrry Mejia is unable to pitch Sunday against the Padres, then the team will have to consider placing him on the disabled list, per ESPN. Mejia has been sidelined since being pulled from Thursday's game due to a lower back stiffness and inflammation.

Jenrry Mejia not used Friday vs. Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia told reporters prior to Friday's game against the Padres that his back is feeling better since exiting Thursday's game with back stiffness.

Mejia was not used Friday night against San Diego and his status remains uncertain for Saturday. The right-hander has posted a 4.53 ERA over 51 2/3 innings.

Jenrry Mejia still questionable Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia is still waiting to see whether he can pitch Friday, according to ESPN. 

Mejia said his back is still a little tight, but that it's not causing him any pain. He expressed a desire to go out and try to throw prior to Friday's game, but said he was still waiting for a team doctor to clear him. Mejia has posted a 4.53 ERA over 51 2/3 innings. 


Jenrry Mejia exits game with back injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia was forced out of Thursday's game against the Brewers with back stiffness, the team announced. Mejia struck out one and recorded the final two outs of the 10th inning, but tweaked his back while warming up for the 11th inning.

Mejia lasted only nine pitches before leaving the game. He owns a 4.53 ERA, a 1.55 WHIP and 54:26 K:BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings.

Jenrry Mejia may be on thin ice


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/10/2014) If the Mets get a save opportunity today, I suspect it'll go to Jenrry Mejia. They haven't hinted at removing him from the role, and he technically has blown only one save all year.

But he has allowed six runs (five earned) in his last four appearances, giving up at least one run in each. And given the quick hook manager Terry Collins has had with closers this season, swapping them out for or five times already, another rough outing could seal Mejia's fate.

After all, the Mets haven't given Jeurys Familia a shot in the role yet. He has a respectable 2.59 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 29 appearances this season and was rumored to be a candidate before the Mets turned to Mejia. How can they be sure they have the right man for the job until they've tried them all (he said, tongue in cheek)?

Mejia, who began the season in the starting rotation, has intriguing potential but was thrust into the role without even having a chance to adjust to the bullpen first. Now that it's clear you're in for a bumpy ride with him, I'd prefer closers like Cody Allen, Zach Britton and even Chad Qualls to him.


Jenrry Mejia blows save, takes loss Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia suffered his first blown save Saturday, giving up two earned runs on two hits and one walk while recording just one out to take the loss in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Giants.

Mejia (4-3) struck out the first batter of the inning, but he reached first due to a wild pitch on strike three. A double by the next batter tied the game, and a single three batters later ended the night with a walkoff victory for San Francisco. Mejia, who has given up runs in each of his last four appearances, owns a 4.68 ERA and 52:26 K:BB ratio in 50 innings.


Jenrry Mejia allowed solo home run in save over Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia turned in a shaky outing but managed to escape with the save in extras Sunday afternoon against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Mejia served up a solo home run to Marlon Byrd in the 11th inning to cut the lead in half. He yielded one run on one hit and no walks in one inning of a 4-3 victory. He is 6 for 6 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over 48 2/3 innings of relief.

Jenrry Mejia loses in 14th thanks to defensive miscue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia was pressed into action in a non-save situation Friday, in a marathon game against the Phillies.

He entered the game with the scored tied 5-5 in the 14th inning, and couldn't extend the game. He didn't get much help, as  the leadoff batter reached second on a fielding error by outfielder Chris Young. He wasn't much better, however, allowing two hits, including a single by Reid Brignac with the bases loaded that ended the game.

Mejia's record fell to 4-2, though the run allowed was unearned. He has yet to allow earned run in 10 appearances as a reliever. 


Jenrry Mejia fans the side for fifth save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia worked just one inning in Thursday's game against the Phillies, and was overpowering in closing out a 4-1 win.

Mejia retired the Phillies in order on just 15 pitches, striking out each batter he faced. He is now 5 for 5 on save opportunities since becoming the closer, and has not allowed an earned run in that span. 


Jenrry Mejia still has Fantasy value as an SP option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia is inching closer to gaining relief-pitcher eligibility in standard Fantasy leagues, needing just two more relief appearances. When that happens, I expect Mejia's Fantasy ownership to rise, but I think I could make the argument right now he needs to be added in the majority of formats regardless.

My point is how many closers have starting pitcher eligibility in Fantasy? It doesn't matter in Rotisserie formats because you start any pitcher you want in the nine spots in your lineup. In points leagues you have the restrictions of position eligibility, but the point I want to make with Mejia is that it shouldn't matter.

Over the last two scoring periods, Mejia is averaging 20 Fantasy points per week. He already has 10 Fantasy points in Week 9 (May 26-June 1). I think Fantasy owners really need to start considering using Mejia as a starting pitcher option in points formats, especially if you already have two viable closers to use in the RP slots. You're telling me you wouldn't want that type of production out of one of your SP slots?

It's not a usual Fantasy Baseball strategy, but it's not like we are given this situation often. I think Mejia could be as valuable as a one-start pitcher in most weeks.


Manager: Jenrry Mejia making closer role look 'pretty easy'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) The Mets might have found their full-time closer in Jenrry Mejia. He has not only given up just one unearned run in eight innings with seven strikeuouts in that role, but he has passed an important test.

Mejia has shown he can perform well despite pitching often in short bursts. He threw two shutout innings against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, two days after pitching in both ends of a doubleheader.

"I thought [Tuesday] was a perfect example of a guy who has said, 'Hey, look, I'll do what I have to do to help this team," Terry Collins told MLB.com. "...That's pretty impressive. He's going to take to this pretty easy."


Jenrry Mejia goes multiple innings for save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has worked a heavy load over the last few days, and the converted start has proven up to it.

Two days after working in both halves of a doubleheader, Mejia tossed two innings for a save Tuesday against the Pirates. He shut the Pirates out in the eighth and ninth innings, walking two batters, allowing one hit and striking out one for his fourth save.

Mejia has worked 9 1/3 innings in eight appearances since moving to the bullpen for the Mets, and has yet to allow a run. He is 4 for 4 on save opportunities.