"Yeah, but my time is going to come again," Mendoza said. "My job right now is to try to help the team in any way I can, in any role. I hope for the starters to stay six or seven innings. I don't want to be [in the game] early, but when my time comes to pitch, I just want to do my job."
Mendoza's four starts were, as he put it, "up and down." He went 5 1/3 innings against the A's in a 1-0 loss. But then he was belted for nine runs in four innings of a 13-7 loss to the Indians and lasted just 3 1/3 innings in a 9-5 loss to the Blue Jays. In his last start, however, he got the victory for five innings of work in a 4-2 win over the Indians.
"The last start I felt pretty good, so I just want to gain that confidence again on the big league level," he said. "I'll try to regain that confidence I had in Triple-A every time I pitched."
Last year, Mendoza was the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Year, and in Spring Training, he led all Major League pitchers with a 0.47 ERA and was one of just four pitchers with a 4-0 record.