Here is the thing with Oliver Perez. There is always an excuse to a bad outing. “My knee hurts”. “Could not get in a rhythm”. “It was too cold”. I just want to grab him by his uniform jersey and shake him while screaming, “Enough with the excuses. Just pitch.”
Was it cold yesterday? Yes. Was it windy? Well, if you could not see that, then go to see an eye doctor. You could hear the winds. It still is not a reason to pitch as badly as he did. Was Perez able to get out of innings unscathed? Yes. That, I have to say, was incredible. He got out of some really bad jams. That’s great. You want him to be able to do that.
That is not his problem. His most obvious problem is his pitch count. By the time he gets to the third or fourth inning, he is already at 70-80 pitches. Yesterday alone, Perez threw 98 pitches before he was pulled. He only pitched 3.1 innings.
At this point, you send him to the minors. I do not care how much money he is making. Perez is being paid to win games. He is not doing that. He is too erratic. It worked for Steve Trachsel. Remember how awful he was? They sent him down to the minors and he came back stellar. Yes, he pitched at a snail’s pace. But nobody could knock him for not getting the job done. You do the same thing with Perez.
He is not doing any bit of good here. If the excuse is going to be made about the cold, then he has no business pitching in NYC. What happens if the Mets make it to October? Who is going to pitch? If the cold is a problem, send him someplace warm. He is no good to the Mets like this.
I would say put him in the bullpen, but the cold is not going to go anywhere. So send him to the minors. Let him get figured out there. Pull Fernando Nieve or Ken Takahashi from the pen to take Ollie’s place. Takahashi was being considered as a starter when he was being looked at by the Toronto Blue Jays. I would rather have Takahashi because at least he is a lefty. I would rather have Jenrry Mejia, but the Mets have already screwed him up.