An interesting question was posed to New York Posts’ Bart Hubbuch:
Is Perez the key to this rotation?
The question intrigued me. I started to think about it. Will Oliver Perez be the difference maker for this team to make the playoffs?
I know we all hate to think that he is. Yet I have to say I really feel that he is. He is the key to taking this division away from the Phillies and taking this city back from the Yankees.
I understand lefties are quirky, but Perez takes it to another level.
If Perez does not pull it together, this team will not make it. Good pitching does stop good hitting. The Mets do not have much good pitching in that rotation outside of Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey.
John Maine is questionable as is Livan Hernandez. You just have to hope for the best.
I’ve said it a hundred times. Perez has great stuff and can be a top-notch pitcher. He just has control issues. Once he has that down, teams around the league need to watch out.
Control is not his only problem. Focus is the other one. He seems to be able to stay focused on tough teams, but not the bad teams. Perez seems to take for granted that these other teams just are no good.
One other thing I’ve noticed about Ollie is if the team gives him a lead, he loses his focus and gives it right back to the opposing team. Maybe the Mets should consider not scoring until he is out of the game.
After his last start against the San Diego Padres last night, I was encouraged. Last night I saw signs of Ollie doing exactly that. His off speed pitch was key for him.
I know we all say that you never know what you are going to get with him, but consider this. For whatever reason, it takes lefties a lot longer to get their act together.
He will never be an ace. He might not be a number two guy either, but he could be.
We will still probably be seeing Jekyll & Hyde for awhile, but last night brought me hope…at leat I hope it did.