The Mets chose to take an unusual approach to stretching out Jenrry Mejia in his transition from the MLB bullpen to the AA starting rotation. After a 45 pitch first outing, the plan was for him to pitch three times on three days rest while being limited to 60 pitches each time. I can't remember another pitcher, for the Mets or any other team, on a similar program. Can you? Did this regimen contribute to Mejia's current shoulder problem? How could it not? Would Mejia's shoulder have come up sore on full rest? Certainly possible, but we'll never know.
Four different B-Mets had two hits.
Valentino Pascucci's three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning turned a 3-2 Buffalo lead into a more secure 6-2 advantage.
Fernando Martinez (.248/.295/.401) was 1-4 with a strikeout. Is it too much to ask for him to be healthy and hit for average and power for July and August?
Pat Misch (7-3, 3.46) was good enough: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
A+: St. Lucie Mets 7, @ Jupiter Hammerheads 3SS Wilmer Flores was 4-5 on Sunday and is now off to a 7-for-17 (.412) start for St. Lucie. His last four-hit game for Savannah: May 14th. I wrote about Wilmer's pretty slow month before his promotion on Friday. Sunday, while the Gnats were getting rained out, I talked to Mike Newman of the excellent scoutingthesally.com about Flores and he suggested that maybe Wilmer was just getting a little bored by the South Atlantic League. It's an impossible theory to test, but I think there could be something to it.
CF Juan Lagares was 3-5 with a pair of RBI. He's off to a .353/.333/.412 start for St. Lucie. I had a scout tell me Sunday that Lagares was his favorite of all of the Savannah prospects this year. He really liked Lagares' athletic movements. Also, Lagares is already an asset defensively in center or left and he doesn't believe Flores will be a shortstop in the end. Also, Lagares, who just turned 21, showed some power this year with the Gnats. However, Lagares has a long way to go to improve his approach before he could ever contribute to a big league team. Just look at his Savannah line: .300/.318/.459 with seven (!) walks and 44 strikeouts in 67 games. The SAL average is .255/.322/.377. So, despite a batting average 45 points above the league average, Lagares had an OBP four points below average. At what level will that free-swinging approach catch up to him?
Jeurys Familia (1-4, 5.95) won his first game, which is nice. His line: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K. He's just walking too many guys; 36 in 56 innings for the year and 19 in 25.1 innings in June.
Asheville Tourists, @ Savannah Sand GnatsThe Gnats were postponed by a torrential downpour down 2-0 to the Tourists. It'll be resumed at 5:05 pm Monday.