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
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?
PEREZ: Should the Mets let him walk away?
There are some of you who think I don’t care for Oliver Perez. Not true. I like the guy. I just don’t like watching him pitch on the days when Coin Flip lands on tails.
That said, he’s 27, lefthanded, and can throw the hell out of the ball. He made some progress this year with a modified delivery. Those days when he’s on, well, he’s pretty special to watch and worth keeping.
On those other days, well ….
The Mets say they’d like him back, but with a commitment toward going after Lowe and possibly setting up Niese in the fifth spot, where does that leave Perez? Obviously, they aren’t optimistic.
I know he wants five years, and from $12 million to $15 million has been speculated. That’s a lot for somebody with great stuff but mediocre numbers.
So, should they cut their ties with OP or try to keep him.