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Mejia becomes 2nd-youngest to 20 saves

NEW YORK -- Jenrry Mejia recorded his 20th save of the season in Friday’s 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Phillies by working around a one-out error by second baseman Dilson Herrera.

Jenrry Mejia

Jenrry Mejia

#58 RP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM50
  • W5

  • L6

  • BB35

  • K85

  • ERA3.89

Mejia, at 24 years, 322 days, became the second-youngest pitcher in franchise history to reach the 20-save plateau. Neil Allen had 22 saves as a 22-year-old in 1980.

Since a rough stretch, Mejia has settled down with three straight scoreless appearances.

Terry Collins believes less frequent use, such as not asking Mejia to pitch three days in a row, has led to the closer bouncing back despite pitching with a hernia that will require offseason surgery.

“The breaking ball is distinctly better now than it was. It was tumbling when we were in Philly the last time,” Collins said, referring to Mejia’s blown save at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 10. “And now it’s got some snap to it. I think the rest has helped.”