Perez & Mets Look Like Crap (Again)

The Mets 5-1 loss to the Dodgers last night felt like it was over in the first when Oliver Perez grooved a pitch right over the plate to Rafael Furcal on a 0-2 count. Furcal took Perez deep on that mistake of a pitch. Brian Schneider had called for a breaking pitch in the dirt, and you just had a feeling that the Perez we were getting was the evil one.

Even though Perez gave up all 5 runs on a total of 3 HRs, he looked better last night than he did last week against Pittsburgh. But that is sort of like saying that Limburger cheese has a more pleasant smell than a pile of dead fish.

Perez did look good in spots but he needed to be better last night than he was. Remarkably (or sadly), this was the first time Perez made it to the end of the 6th inning since his first start on April 2. This was his third straight loss in as many starts.

To be fair, Its not like the Mets’ bats tried to bail Perez out at all. A 5 run deficit should not be insurmountable, especially against Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley. Billingsley came into the game with a 1-4 record and a 5.20 ERA.

The Mets left runners in scoring position all night and managed only 5 hits on the night.

The top of the order–Jose Reyes, Ryan Church, and David Wright–all were 0-for on the night. Though, miracle of miracles, Carlos Beltran, was 2-for-4 with a double.

The Mets have now lost 3 of the last 5 and outside of the first game in Arizona, they have not looked good in weeks.  They look like the .500 team that they have been for nearly a year.

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3 Responses

  1. You didn’t mention the horrible decision by third base coach Sandy Alomar Sr. to not send Beltran home on Delgado’s double. Second inning with one out and the bottom of the order coming up. Beltran is the second fastest starter on the team. There was no reason to hold him. It was still early in the game. BE AGGRESSIVE! It probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway, but it was bad coaching none the less.

  2. I didn’t mention it because like you said, it didn’t matter in the end.

  3. True – i am less worried about Oh Pea’s inconsistency at the moment than lack of risks taken by the offense. At least ‘Los B got some hits – should shut The Lip up LOL

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