I wish for all of you a very Merry Christmas to all of you and your families. Wishing you good health in the new year. Will talk baseball with you soon. Peace. JD
I wish all of you nothing but peace, health and happiness during the Holidays. During the baseball season this blog can act like a family, but today enjoy your own families.
Take care my friends. Best, John
Oliver Perez made his fourth start of the spring this afternoon against Atlanta. As usual, he’s run hot and cold. Today he was freezing, turning in his worst outing of the spring, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.
Perez figures to get two more starts and for his own peace and confidence he needs to make them good. Of course, that sentiment denotes pressure, which isn’t always a good thing for Perez.
In another pitching development, the Mets continue to push the envelope with Jenrry Mejia, working him for the second straight game. Mejia didn’t allow a run in 1 1/3 innings yesterday, and today he retired the side in order in the sixth.
Said Jerry Manuel: “I want to get as much of a feel as possible for him in that particular role.”
* Ike Davis was optioned out and there was immediate talk it was done to alleviate pressure on Daniel Murphy, who has had a miserable spring. If Murphy needs something like that to help his confidence then he’s in trouble. In 25 at-bats, Davis is hitting .480 with three homers and 10 RBI. Conversely, Murphy is batting .133 with one extra-base hit over 30 at-bats.
* Jose Reyes was cleared to play and will be in camp tomorrow.
Torrealba, who has since filed a grievance against the Mets, is on the market again. Both sides say they are open to the other.
Bengie Molina, however, is their first choice, but he’s seeking three years.
Torrealba, 31, hit .291 with two homers and 31 RBI in 64 games for the Rockies last season.
If Torrealba’s arm is sound, and the parties can let by-gones be by-gones, it is something to dip into again. Especially since his age is more appealing than Molina’s.