Jenrry Mejia says the Mets will make the playoffs

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Jenrry Mejia worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 11th save of the season last night against the Padres, but that wasn’t what had the right-hander’s name in headlines. Prior to the game, Mejia told SNY.tv that the Mets will make the playoffs. Via the NY Post, the 24-year-old foresees October action “because we believe in ourselves.”

Going into Saturday night’s game in San Diego, the Mets are 46-50 in third place, seven games behind the first-place Braves. As the Mets certainly know, a seven-game lead isn’t insurmountable, even in September.

Since moving from the rotation into the bullpen in mid-May, Mejia has posted a 2.25 ERA with 11 saves in 13 opportunities over 28 innings of work.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.