In his first rehab start in AAA Buffalo, Jenrry Mejia was very good: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. His motion looked a little smoother than in years past. In turn, his release point on his curveball was more consistent. He threw the pitch a lot, and for the most part was effective with it. Notably, he hung a curve that turned into Matt LaPorta's home run. Overall, his command was good: he threw 66% of his pitches (45 of 68) for strikes. He appeared to be low 90s most of the night and sprinkled in some 94. He was efficient with his pitches, at times letting Columbus hitters beat his sinker into the ground to get easy, quick outs. Given his performance Wednesday, I'd sure like to see the Mets keep him starting. However, they might well feel the bullpen demands immediate help, and again, given Wednesday's results that would be a hard case to argue against.
After Mejia departed, two guys who could well appear in the Mets' bullpen in short order, Josh Edgin and Elvin Ramirez each threw two scoreless, hitless innings.Ramirez fanned three and Edgin whiffed two. Ramirez's AAA numbers are really, really good: 14.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 19 K. He's got big league stuff, sitting 93-94 mph with the ability to dial it up harder, and a slider and a changeup. It's time for Ramirez.
Edgin could use a little more time, but he's pitching much better. After a rough beginning to his AAA career in which he allowed eight runs in his first 8.2 innings, he's let in just four runs, only one of which was earned in his last 10.1 innings. In his first 8.2 innings, he struck out 11 batters and walked 6 while in his last 10.1, he's fanned nine and walked just two. Lefties are 6-for-25 off him in AAA without an extra-base hit. They don't really have an answer against him. Righties see the ball better against him, and he was trying to back-door his slider to them on Wednesday.
Josh Thole was originally scheduled to DH in this game, but the MLBPA had not signed off on his rehab appearance by game time. Instead, that clearance came hours later, and he grounded out to second base in his only at-bat as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
Josh Satin doubled and scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the tenth.
While Mejia was rolling in Buffalo, Miguel Batista was found the road in AA a whole lot bumpier. His line: 7 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 2 WP.
CF Matt den Dekker was 2-for-4 with a double and a homer to push his season line to .310/.375/.533 with 17 doubles, three triples and seven homers in 48 games. That's good. The only blemishes on his account: his 53 whiffs and his .265/.345/.347 line versus lefties.
Meanwhile, an 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout dropped 2B Reese Havens to .148/.320/.235 in 26 games.