March 13.10: Perez tries to improve vs. Tigers.

The Mets liked that Oliver Perez threw strikes is his first start. It would have been nice if he’d gotten some hitters out. The Mets need to see improvement today from Perez in his start against Detroit.

The Mets’ projected rotation of Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, Perez, John Maine and Jon Niese have all worked, with only Maine pitching effectively. But, it’s early and still time for the others to get into a grove.

Perez is coming off a miserable start last Sunday against Washington in which he gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings.

Perez did come out of the start with not problems to his right knee (offseason surgery) and that he threw 33 of 49 pitches for strikes.

Here’s today’s line-up against Detroit:

Angel Pagan, LF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Jason Bay, DH
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Gary Matthews, CF
Rod Barajas, C
Alex Cora, SS

Perez will be followed by Hisanori Takahashi, Nelson Figueroa, Sean Green and Bobby Parnell. If it works out where innings are available, Jenrry Mejia will pitch.

4 thoughts on “March 13.10: Perez tries to improve vs. Tigers.

  1. I’m not going to bury Perez because it’s early, but you do have to have questions about him at this point. I’ll just try to stay positive in the meantime.

  2. Perez was solid today. The Tigers loaded the lineup with righties and Ollie handled it well. Had a little trouble pitching from the stretch but have to be encouraged by this start.
    Takahashi looked real good again, I hope the Mets consider keeping him to be a long man in the pen.
    First time I was able to watch Mejia, his fast ball is the real deal and his curve was excellent.
    I hope the let him stay as a starter, he really could be a top of the rotation starter.

  3. Thanks for the Pelham scouting report. I’m sure its more reliable than the report from anyone in the Mets organization!!!