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.
On Wednesday, the Brewers placed first baseman Eric Thames on the 10-day disabled list with a torn UCL in his left thumb. In a corresponding roster move, the Brewers recalled pitcher Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Thames, 31, exited Tuesday’s game against the Royals before the bottom of the ninth inning. After the game, manager Craig Counsell expressed concern about his thumb. As MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports, Brewers GM David Stearns says that surgery is likely but not definite, but that he expects Thames to be back for a “significant” portion of the 2018 season.
Thames was hitting quite well for the Brewers, owning a .250/.351/.625 triple-slash line along with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 74 plate appearances. Jesus Aguilar should handle first base while Thames is out. Ryan Braun could also see some action at first base.