Mejia (1-2) took the loss in Friday's 11-10 defeat at the hands of the Pirates, coughing up six runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out three without walking a batter. Starting on only three days rest, Mejia certainly didn't look very fresh when Pittsburgh ambushed him for five runs in the first inning. The rookie right-hander was able to steady the ship after that, however, and wound up giving Cleveland his longest outing so far in the majors. Mejia's 6.11 ERA isn't reflected in his 3.67 FIP, and his 1.25 WHIP and 16:5 K:BB through 17.2 innings are solid. Injuries will keep him in the rotation despite this rough outing.
Mejia is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Pirates, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Mejia will be returning to the hill on three days' rest after he tossed four innings (55 pitches) while not factoring into the decision in his start during Monday's 4-3 win over the Orioles. Expect Cleveland to once again restrict Mejia's workload; he has been held under 60 pitches in each of his three starts to date.
Mejia didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 4-3 win over the Orioles after allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out three. The young right-hander got the hook with a 3-2 lead after 55 pitches (34 strikes), denying him a shot at his first win since moving into the rotation. The outing was Mejia's longest yet, but it's not yet clear whether the team is going to fully stretch him out, and his usefulness in fantasy will remain limited until he begins pitching deeper into games. Mejia has a 4.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 13:5 K:BB through his first 12.2 big-league innings.
Mejia (1-1) allowed four earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one across two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday. Mejia surrendered his first four runs of the year after posting eight scoreless innings prior this season. He was only able to record two outs in the first frame before being relieved after allowing five men to reach safely. The 24-year-old only has just 8.2 MLB innings under his belt, but he has been asked to start recently with injuries to the rotation. Following Wednesday's outing, he now sports a 4.15 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.
Mejia will make his second turn through the rotation Wednesday against the Cardinals. Since Mejia had worked out of the bullpen in his prior three appearances with Cleveland, he faced a limited pitch count in his first MLB start Friday in Baltimore. Before giving way to the bullpen, the rookie impressed over his 50-pitch outing, holding the Orioles scoreless while permitting one hit and one walk and striking out two. He should push up his pitch count to around 65 to 75 on Wednesday, and another solid showing would likely increase his security in the Cleveland rotation.
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