Tonight’s pitcher: Coin flip must land on heads for Mets.

Perez: Mets need big game from Ollie.

Perez: Mets need big game from Ollie.

What the Mets got last night from Johan Santana they’ll need tonight from Oliver Perez.

Perez hasn’t faced the Cubs since April 2005, and is 0-3 with a 5.74 ERA in his last five starts against Chicago.

Perez’s career has been one of hot-and-cold, and currently he’s been cool after a strong stretch. Perez (10-7, 4.10 ERA) has one win in his last seven starts. Over his last three starts, Perez has given up 12 earned runs on 18 hits and eight walks spanning 16 1/3 innings.

That said, do you want Perez back next year? I don’t know if he’ll be worth the money he’ll get, but is he worth the angst?

5 thoughts on “Tonight’s pitcher: Coin flip must land on heads for Mets.

  1. As inconsistent as he has been, I think he’s the best on the market aside from C.C. and we know where he’s going.

    I Wouldn’t go past five and that would be the last two with options or incentives.

    I’m not sure how much Peterson helped or it was the change of scenery but it seems clear that under Warthen with freedom he’s a much better pitcher.

    Bringing Ollie back gives the team more options, they can look at maine as a closer in 2009, not forced into bringing back Pedro if they don’t want to and aren’t forced into using Niese if he isnt ready..

    The most unstable guy could stabalize their plans for next years rotation….

  2. Well Perez has seemed to come up big in some big spots. You cant get much bigger than a nationally televised game against the best team in the league and their ace while hanging on to your playoff lives. With the 2 of the next 3 games looking like real long shots to win he needs to come up huge.

  3. ED: I agree!!! While Talent wise I’d say Sheets is better his injury history scares the heck out of me. I think the mets would be wise to at least see what it would take to bring him back. Of course ask me around 930-10 PM how i feel about bringing him back…

  4. JD- i wish you were still in press conferences. I’d like to hear the response as to why guys who have repeatedly failed keep getting chances (Heilman/Castillo/Anderson) while others are buried. It’s not that I’m a big fan of his but I’m looking for an alternative and can’t understand why Ramon Martinez can’t even get an inning while Castillo stinks up the place and Reyes II is slumping….

  5. I would bring Ollie back. It depends on the $$. He has the stuff, but I think what you see is what you get.

    This is who he is. If you can deal with the heart attacks he is good. His agent is a pain and the Mets need to replace Pedro next year and maybe leave the #5 for Kunz if they can deal with the growing pains.