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.

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.