It turned out tails. After a miserable spring training which ended with Oliver Perez giving up six runs in two-thirds of an inning Saturday against Boston, Coin Flip gave up eight runs today.
He walked five, three of which came around to score.
I had guessed a good start by Perez based on his 9-4 lifetime record against the Reds, and he was great through the first two innings. But, they play nine.
Perez couldn’t live with prosperity today. The Mets gave him three and he gave up four in the bottom of the inning. The Mets tied it for him and he gave up four more.
Served me right in thinking he’d have a good start. I’ve watched him since 2006 and I really don’t have any idea of what I’ll see from him from one start to the next.
I know the Mets won’t do it, but Perez should be sent out for work. His fastball isn’t there and neither is his command. It wouldn’t hurt him to stay behind in Florida and work on his arm strength.
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
MetsGrrl did what I should have done yesterday, which is check out the St. John’s game at Citi Field. She did a marvelous job, both in text and photos, in covering the Citi Field dress rehearsal.
The Mets will have two exhibition games this weekend against Boston, hit the road, then come back April 13 for the opener against San Diego. In the interim, please check out MetsGrrl for a taste of what is to come.
Alex Cora is finally official, being announced to a one-year, $2 million deal by the Mets. The veteran infielder, 33, can play any where in the infield save catcher.
Cora will give manager Jerry Manuel a quality rest for David Wright and Jose Reyes. I know what most of you are thinking: He’ll most likely spend a lot of time at second base.
Cora hit .270 last year at Boston, so he’s not automatic out.
Said GM Omar Minaya: “You win championships with a 25-man roster.”
WEEI Radio in Boston reported Red Sox utility infielder Alex Cora is close to signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Mets.
In 75 games, Cora, 33, hit .270 with a .371 OBP, while playing second base and shortstop. The .245 career hitter has also played left field, third base and first.
It’s almost around the corner. Spring training. I look forward to it every year. Especially at the end of the week when the temps could be in single digits.
It ends a little later this spring because of the World Baseball Classic. And, for the Mets it ends with two games against the Red Sox in a Citi Field tune-up. Here’s the complete schedule.
Feb 25 Baltimore at Ft. Lauderdale
Feb 26 Florida at PSL
Feb 27 St. Louis at PSL
Feb 28 Detroit at Lakeland
Mar 1 Houston at PSL
Mar 2 OFF DAY
Mar 3 St. Louis at PSL
Mar 4 Washington at Viera
Mar 5 Italy (WBC) at PSL
Mar 6 St. Louis at Jupiter
Mar 7 Washington at PSL
Mar 8 University of Michigan at PSL
Washington at Viera
Mar 9 Baltimore at PSL
Mar 10 Washington at Viera
Mar 11 OFF DAY
Mar 12 Florida at PSL
Mar 13 Detroit at Lakeland
Mar 14 Washington at PSL
Mar 15 Florida at Jupiter
Mar 16 OFF DAY
Mar 17 Atlanta at Disney
Mar 18 Atlanta at PSL
Mar 19 Houston at PSL
Mar 20 Baltimore at Ft. Lauderdale
Mar 21 Atlanta at Disney
Mar 22 Atlanta at PSL
Mar 23 OFF DAY
Mar 24 Houston at Kissimmee
Mar 25 Detroit at PSL
Mar 26 St. Louis at Jupiter
Mar 27 Washington at PSL
Mar 28 Florida at PSL
Mar 29 Baltimore at Ft. Lauderdale
Mar 30 Baltimore at PSL
Mar 31 Florida at Jupiter
Apr 1 St. Louis at Jupiter
Apr 2 Baltimore at PSL
Apr 3 Boston at Citi Field
Apr 4 Boston at Citi Field