Effect of the Ban for Mets’ Jenrry Mejia on Baseball Betting

Posted by Mila Anderson on August 4, 2015 in

It’s Jenrry Mejia vs. the World, and going by the week-long onslaught he’s received since being suspended by the MLB on July 28, the New York Mets setup man is losing the fight real badly. Mejia, 25, was suspended for 162 games by the league after failing a drug test, where he tested positive for Boldenone and Stanozolol. This was his second suspension of the year, following an 80-game suspension in April after he tested positive for Stanozolol, which saw him return to the league barely a month ago (on July 12). In the seven games he played this online sports betting season, Mejia allowed four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over a span of 7 1/3 innings, with zero runs allowed in those games. This was after a good 2014 season that saw him save 28 games with a decent 3.65 ERA in 2014.

Why Does of the Ban for Mets’ Jenrry Mejia Affect Baseball Betting?

“We were extremely disappointed when informed of Jenrry’s second suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” said the Mets in a statement responding to the suspension. “We fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance-enhancing substances from the sport.”

As a stopgap measure, the Mets acquired Tyler Clippard from Oakland on Tuesday. This means that Clippard will take over as Jeurys Familia’s primary setup man. For someone with good playoff experience, Clippard could be a serviceable replacement for the suspended player. Still, with the league having a shortage of good relievers and Clippard not being in the same class like his predecessor, Mejia’s absence will be a huge blow to the team.

Speaking about the incident and Mejia’s future in the team, General Manager Sandy Alderson said, “I wouldn’t want to be that hasty today.” The GM however added that, “If you just think about the total suspension, when he might be able to return, the commitment that would require from us, it’s something that we’re going to have to think about. Obviously, we’re disappointed. We’ll see where it goes.”

Mejia’s long suspension, which ties Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) for the longest PED suspension ever handed down by the MLB, casts a lot of doubt in his future with the Mets. This is because the right-hander won’t be a free agent until 2019, though the franchise could balk at Mejia’s price tag in arbitration. Reportedly, the suspensions will cost Mejia approximately $2.6 million from the money he was set to make this season.

Assuming the Mets don’t sever ties with him, Mejia will have a long a long way to climb if he’s ever to enjoy the support of the fans or his teammates, most of whom consider his second failed PED test as a choice he made, rather than a mistake, warranting his punishment. With the suspension and not many teams in the league known to be trusting of such players, it will take a lot of goodwill and arbitration for Mejia to find his way back into the MLB.