Coin Flip landed on heads. Oliver Perez was exceptional last night. The story of the game was his ability to throw his change-up for strikes to right-handed hitters. It could be the turnaround pitch he’s always needed. But, as with all things Perez, let’s see him do it again.
I’m not buying Jerry Manuel when he said Daniel Murphy’s relay throw to Jose Reyes was a planned play.
I don’t like what I’m seeing from Reyes offensively. He’s not working the count and he has too much of an uppercut to his swing.
I still like Luis Castillo hitting second and Murphy down in the order. With how the 3-4-5 hitters are getting on base there would be plenty of RBI opportunities for him batting sixth or seventh.
Still not producing with RISP. That was a gift inning that doesn’t come along a lot. Not too often will you get four runs on a bunt single.
It’s that time again. Coin Flip goes for the Mets. I picked a good game last time out but he spit the bit. I have no clue tonight as to what to expect for Oliver Perez. Sooner or later he’s going to have to come up with a big game.
Something to think about, is Perez is a fly ball pitcher and Gary Sheffield will be making his first start of the season in right field.
Here’s the lineup:
Jose Reyes, SS
Daniel Murphy, LF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Delgado, 1B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, RF
Brian Schneider, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Oliver Perez, P
What’s the over/under on Coinfiip’s line tonight:
Gary Sheffield will get his first start tonight for the Mets in right field, which next to Fenway, might be the hardest right field in the majors to play because of all the angles.
He’s got to play sooner or later, but I don’t like the timing after Ryan Church’s first bad game of the season. Then again, Church isn’t a Jerry favorite and they aren’t going to sit Daniel Murphy.
The question is where does Sheffield stand with the Mets? If he gets three hits tonight, he has to play tomorrow. Is he a starter or role player, and if the latter, can he handle that? He’s said all the right things, but it’s April.
There’s a lot to like with the new park, but not so much with how the boys are playing. They aren’t hitting with runners in scoring position; the bullpen has been erratic; and the Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez have been a disappointment.
You can say with a hit here or there, or a fly ball caught, or a well-pitched game, they could be 6-1. You could also say they could be 1-6. They are 3-4, which is about right, and totally wrong considering the talent there is on this club.
What’s been your biggest disappointment in the Mets’ start?