Catcher Rod Barajas noted that because Mejia fell behind in the count to Rowand, he had to keep calling for Mejia’s cutter, giving the Giant several looks at the pitch. Mejia’s changeup and particularly his curveball are not reliable pitches to throw for strikes when behind in the count.
“When you pitch behind in the count at this level, you’re going to be in trouble,” Barajas said. “We threw three balls in a row to Aaron Rowand. Well, you know, he just saw three cutters. And then the 3-0 pitch was a strike, that’s four cutters. The 3-1 pitch was a strike, that’s five cutters. By the time you got to the 3-2 count, he’s seen his best pitch five times already. He knows what’s coming. He knows what action the ball is going to make. Major league hitters aren’t going to miss it that often. We need to be able to work ahead -- get that first strike, get that second strike. Now we can throw some curveballs, throw some changeups and kind of play around with these guys.”
We all agree and know Mejia should be in AAA working on his arsenal. Will Jerry Manuel finally stop stunting his growth for the sake of his job at the expense of the Mets future?