Daily Notes: Largely Concerning Jenrry Mejia’s Start Today

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. Largely Concerning Jenrry Mejia’s Start Today
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Largely Concerning Jenrry Mejia’s Start Today
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is mostly to announce that Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia both (a) has been excellent thus far in his return to the majors and (b) is pitching tonight (Saturday) at 8:40pm ET.

Regarding Mejia’s Performance to Date
Through four starts and over 24.1 innings, the 23-year-old Mejia has recorded strikeout and walk rates of 22.5% and 3.1%, respectively — marks which would place him 23rd and first overall, also respectively, among 91 qualified starters. His ground-ball rate of 57.5%, moreover, would be second-best among that same population.

A Haphazard Comparison Involving Jenrry Mejia
Here’s a haphazardly selected statistical comparison between Mejia and another pitcher (in this case, Adam Wainwright) whom the author noticed has a similar profile — in this case, featuring each pitcher’s defense-independent performance over the last month:

Name Team IP K% BB% GB% vFA (pfx) xFIP-
Jenrry Mejia Mets 24.1 22.5% 3.1% 57.5% 92.3 65
Adam Wainwright Cardinals 36.0 22.2% 6.3% 58.2% 91.3 76

Mejia and Wainwright, Another Similarity
Beyond some statistical similarities over the past month, what Mejia and Wainwright also have in common is that each throws a fastball with cutting action about one-third of the time.

Action Footage: Jenrry Mejia’s Slider
Here’s action footage from Mejia’s August 8th start against Colorado of the right-hander striking out Corey Dickerson on an excellent slider:

Mejia Dickerson SL SS K

Slower Action Footage: That Same Slider
And here’s slower action footage of that same pitch:

Mejia Dickerson SL SS K SLOW

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Houston at Los Angeles AL | 21:05 ET
Dallas Keuchel (114.0 IP, 90 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Garrett Richards (93.2 IP, 88 xFIP-, 1.1 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Radio, Perhaps?

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.8.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Trevor Cahill AZ 5 3 4 7 3 PIT Jeff Locke 16:05
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 5 3 6 9 8 BOS John Lackey 16:05
Joe Kelly STL 4 3 4 5 3 CHN Travis Wood 16:05
Chad Bettis* COL 8 7 6 9 3 BAL Bud Norris 19:05
Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 3 5 0 3 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05
Wade Davis KC 4 7 6 7 7 DET Doug Fister 19:08
Chris Sale CHA 10 1 7 3 7 MIN Andrew Albers* 19:10
Mat Latos CIN 8 3 5 4 4 MIL Yovani Gallardo 19:10
Matt Cain SF 5 5 5 1 7 MIA Hend. Alvarez 19:10
J.A. Happ TOR 0 5 4 10 6 TB R. Hernandez 19:10
St. Strasburg WAS 10 2 8 8 8 ATL Mike Minor 19:10
Felix Hernandez SEA 10 4 8 3 8 TEX Martin Perez 20:05
Jenrry Mejia NYN 10 7 7 6 3 SD Edinson Volquez 20:40
Ubaldo Jimenez CLE 3 7 5 6 6 OAK Dan Straily 21:05
Dallas Keuchel HOU 7 4 7 7 7 LAA Garrett Richards 21:05

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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17 Responses to “Daily Notes: Largely Concerning Jenrry Mejia’s Start Today”

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  1. triple_r says:

    Jenrry Mejia Society

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  2. Zack says:

    Also worth noting. Mejia will be caught tonight by Travis d’Arnaud in his ML debut.

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  3. eddiegaedel says:

    Wow, a 0 for JA Haap in watchability… His own mother doesn’t even watch his games.

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  4. Rob says:

    It was my understanding that Strasburg had to be dead for five years before the case for his sainthood would begin.

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  5. CubsOfTheNorth says:

    What did Happ ever do to you?

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  6. FeslenR says:

    So, is the author comparing Mejia to Wainwright? I kid I kid.

    I wonder how real and good Mejia can be, I mean the guy has literally been MIA for awhile.

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  7. Sinatra says:

    “The laws of babip apply here” was just trademarked.

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  8. Hiroki Kuroda says:

    I’m leading the league in ERA+. If your NERD score thinks that’s worth a 5 out of 10, than I’m giving NERD scores a 3 out of 10 KURODA score.

    KUORDA = Klearly U’re One Really Dumb-Ass

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a game to pitch. And then I’m going over to Hideki Matsui’s place. He said he wanted to watch videos with me.

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  9. Matt Mosher says:

    One thing the Mets have a ton of….young power pitching.

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  10. TexasGusCC says:

    Great, way to jinx the guy. He got hurt.

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    • BMac says:

      As good as he has been, it has been a sad pleasure to watch. With the bone chips diagnosis several weeks ago, they should have shut him down. Pitching with significant bone chips in your elbow can cause further arm injuries. You would never let your kid do that!

      Vance Worley, Derek Lowe, Roy Halladay. The sad thing is that the teams for whom they sacrificed all too readily discard them.

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