Mets left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez was scheduled to pitch for the club in their split squad exhibition game against the Atlanta Braves in Orlando, Florida at the Brave’s Disney baseball complex.
Perez entered the Mets second Spring Training game of the 2011 campaign in the third inning. The game was scoreless at the time and Met starter Chris young had struck out 2 Braves, and not allowed a base runner in his 2 innings of work.
Perez began the bottom of the third inducing a fly ball out. He next allowed a long double to Joe Mather over Willie Harris’ head in left. Ollie struck out someone named Shawn Bowman, looking for the second out. The lefty then allowed an RBI single to Martin Prado. He then was able to strike out young Jordan Schaefer to end the inning. Not absolutely horrible, 1 run on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts.
Perez returned to the mound for the bottom of the 4th inning. Chipper Jones led off with a hard single. Braves second baseman Dan Uggla struck out for the first out. Freddie Freeman grounded into a fielder’s choice with Jones being retired at 2B for the second out. So far not bad. With Freeman aboard at first base Perez walked Alex Gonzalez. He then walked David Ross to load the bases. Looked like trouble was brewing for the overpaid lefty. Perez then proceeded to walk in a run with a third consecutive free pass, this one to Joe Mather. The bases were still loaded when the previously named Bowman stepped up and promptly singled sharply to left field driving n Ross and Gonzalez. Mather was caught in a rundown and thrown out at third preventing any further destruction of the Mets lefty.
Mets management must not defy logic by keeping Perez around any longer, in any capacity. Bite the bullet and release him now. According to recent reports maybe MLB will loan the Wilpons some more $$ to pay off Ollie.
Oh by the way despite the horrendous showing from OP, the Mets managed to score 3 runs in the 8th off of former Yankee, Scott Proctor to pull out a 5-4 win to bring the Spring Training record to 1-0-1.
Tomorrow the Mets will face the Nats in PSL, while the St. Louis Cardinals officially begin the Grapefruit league season with a game versus the Florida Marlins in Jupiter. Let the intrigue continue.
LET'S GO METS!!