Jenrry Mejia expected to make first big league start Saturday

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Jenrry Mejia began the season in the Mets’ bullpen, was sent back to the minors in mid-June to resume starting, and is now slated to make his first major-league start Saturday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
General manager Omar Minaya was in attendance for Mejia’s final Triple-A start yesterday, seeing the 20-year-old strike out seven of the first eight batters he faced and take a no-hitter into the sixth inning on the way to eight frames of one-run ball.
Mejia had a 1.28 ERA, .200 opponents’ batting average, and 45/16 K/BB ratio in 42.1 innings spread over nine starts in the majors, so while I’m still not sure why the Mets felt the need to rush their 20-year-old top prospect so much this season he’s certainly been extremely impressive since they decided his development was more important than using him as a mop-up man in New York.

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.