Marlins 7, Mets 2

Posted: May 14, 2010 in Mets

All you need to know about tonight’s game is Oliver Perez was terrible. Again.
The $36 million bust is just awful right now, and he’s killing the Mets. Tonight, he again failed to get out of the fourth inning, giving up all seven runs and four homers (two by Dan Uggla). The guy must be removed from the rotation and since they probably can’t send him to the minors without his consent, I guess you just bury him in the bullpen and make him a long relief guy, although he won’t nearly be as effective as Hisanori Takahashi (a candidate to replace Perez in the rotation) has been. I wish the Mets could outright cut the guy, but his ridiculous contract will prevent them from doing it. Perez is now 0-3 with an ERA approaching 6, and really has only given the Mets two strong starts this year. Three or four of his outings have been unmitigated disasters in which the quality bullpen (already getting way too many innings) has been taxed. The Mets really need a starter who can eat up some innings and there could be one such option at Triple-A. R.A. Dickey, who is the very definition of journeyman, is a former first-round pick of the Rangers who started throwing a knuckleball a few years ago due to several injuries. He hasn’t had much success (although he pitched well for a stretch last year as the Twins’ longman in the pen) but he is sucking up innings big time at Buffalo. His ERA is sitting around 2.20 and he’s gone at least eight innings in all but two starts. That’s the type of arm I’d like as the number 5 starter. Even if he gets hit, he may give the Mets valuable innings and save the bullpen from time to time, something Perez struggles to do even on his best days.
Tonight, the bullpen again did a great job, although the game was over due to Perez’ atrocious start and the Mets’ silent bats. Raul Valdez, Manny Acosta and Jenrry Mejia combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Mets are now 18-18, four games out of first, tied with the Marlins for third place in the NL East. The Mets are just one game in front of the last place Braves, who are starting to get their act together. Nearly all of the goodwill and ground that was made up during the eight-game winning streak has pretty much evaporated. Tomorrow, John Maine tries to keep the Mets from dropping below .500 when he takes on lefty Nate Robertson. My wife and I will be there, hope the Mets offense will show up as well.

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