Tag: oliver perez

Oliver Perez On the DL

The Mets have announced that Oliver Perez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list — retroactive to June 1 — with patella tendinitis of his right knee.

Wonder if Ollie is aware which knee has the injury?

Supposedly, the tendinitis was discovered in an MRI taken last night. It’s the same knee for which he received surgery on September 1, 2009. Perez is expected to be in Florida today to begin his rehabilitation.

I’m going to guess that this “injury” is completely made up. If it’s not, you have to wonder if there is still a major problem with the way the Mets handle their injured players — because both Perez and John Maine have reinjured the body part that was operated on. Either their surgeries were not a “success”, or something went wrong with the rehab — for example each pitcher may have been brought back too soon, or maybe they were pushed too hard, or maybe they weren’t pushed enough, or maybe the program was inappropriate for their respective injuries.

In any case, Perez, Maine, Luis Castillo, and Gary Matthews Jr. are all off the 25-man roster — something many Mets fans had hoped to see. Now we’ll see if the absence of those four men will make any difference on the team’s performance.


Breaking News: Castillo Headed to DL

Not a good week for would-be Mets second basemen. SNY’s Brad Como is reporting that Luis Castillo is headed to the DL.

I guess that clears roster room for Jon Niese? I find that hard to believe – the team will probably be calling up a middle infielder… but if Ollie Perez continues to refuse a demotion, anything is possible.

UPDATE: Had I read the ENTIRE Tweet, I would know that the Mets are recalling Ruben Tejada to replace Castillo.

Oh well. I guess Twitter is too long for my attention span. Pretty sad, when you think about it.


Idea: What to Do With Ollie and GMJ

The Mets are still in it.

The team’s record sits at 27-26, 3.5 games out of first place. They may not be a championship-caliber team, but the NL East is there for the taking. Beyond that, the National League itself can be had – the Cardinals are struggling, the Phillies can’t hit and the Padres are in first place in the NL West. The Padres?!?!

But before they go out and acquire a pitcher like Roy Oswalt – or even Kevin Millwood – the Mets need to do something about Oliver Perez and Gary Matthews Jr.

Unfortunately, each player is owed a hefty sum – so it’s not that easy to cut or trade either of them.

So here’s the plan: ROAD TRIP REALITY SHOW

It’s pretty simple, really. Everyone loves a road trip movie and reality shows are everywhere. It’s a slam dunk for SNY’s programming schedule.

At the end of tonight’s game in San Diego, the Mets will board a plane to New York. But Ollie and GMJ will not be on that plane.

The Setup:

Instead, our heroes (I use the term loosely) will be given the keys to a 1982 Buick Regal with no air conditioning. The car will be painted in Mets colors.

They have to drive back to New York – or TOWARDS New York, until their car dies. That’s when the fun begins.

The Rules:

  • Both players remain on the DL until they meet the Mets in a city for the start of a series.
  • No hotels. They can take turns sleeping and driving.*
  • Even if the Mets have moved on to another city, Ollie and GMJ are required to go to their next assigned city to pick up their next crappy car (painted in Mets colors, of course).
  • Once the car dies, Ollie and GMJ must find an alternate route to the next city. This includes – but is not limited to – hitchhiking, walking, trains, blimps, and skateboards.
  • If our heroes meet a Mets fan during their travels, they must apologize and then take the fan to dinner and apologize some more.
  • The entire thing will be filmed and aired on SNY. Kind of like Yankees Ultimate Road Trip.
  • At any time, either player can simply give up and forfeit the money owed to him by the Mets.

*It will be interesting to see if Ollie’s driving is as erratic as pitching. I don’t know how GMJ is going to sleep with Ollie doing 90 mph all over the highway.


Quote of the Day: May 31, 2010

In an earlier post, I outlined some of the possibilities surrounding the future of Oliver Perez. Mike Puma of the NY Post reports that several Mets players want Ollie gone asap. One of the unnamed players had a great line about how the Mets might use Ollie if he stays in the bullpen:

“What, we need another 20-inning game and then use him after we’ve used all our pitchers and if a position player’s sinker isn’t biting?” the player said.


What Will Become of Ollie?

With the Mets suddenly in the thick of the NL East race with a 26-25 record, they continue to look for an answer to the Oliver Perez situation. Right now, Ollie is languishing in the bullpen after refusing to go to Buffalo to work out his problems in AAA. Neither the Mets nor Team Ollie (population: Scott Boras) wants to see Perez in the bullpen, but he will remain there until someone blinks.

So what can be done?

ESPN’s Adam Rubin is reporting that the Mets still think they can get Perez to accept a minor league assignment. But even if Ollie accepts the assignment, there is no guarantee it would work. Going to AAA might help Ollie by forcing him to focus, but the move could just as easily embarrass him and send his mental state spinning off in another direction, even farther from where he needs to be.

Mike Flam of The New York Times thinks the Mets should take a different path with their troubled southpaw. Rather than demote Ollie, Flam suggests the Mets might be better off releasing Perez. He points out that the Tigers recently got rid of their own troubled southpaw when they designated Dontrelle Willis for assignment.

Bill Price of The Daily News thinks the Mets should consider a Willis-for-Perez swap, basically trading one troubled lefty for another. A change of scenery is a longshot, but it could be the only solution left for either pitcher.

What do you think the Mets should do with Ollie?


Mets Game 50: Loss to Brewers

Brewers 8 Mets 6

My wife summed it up perfectly: a long game is OK if it’s interesting. But when it’s not, it’s like you had your Saturday night stolen from you.

Although there were 14 runs scored, and although the Mets were within 2 runs for the last half of the game, the contest did more to suck the life out of you than provide entertainment. 345 pitches and 10 walks over 3 hours and 28 minutes can do that. Had it not been for an Ike Davis three-run homer to cut the lead to two, I might’ve flipped the remote to Fried Green Tomatoes by the fifth inning.

Game Notes

Jerry Manuel’s managerial decisions were mind-boggling, beginning with the decision to start Fernando Nieve. I realize that Nieve made a request to audition as a starter, but that didn’t mean Manuel had to appease him. Nieve was terrible, despite reaching 95 MPH on the radar gun. It took him nearly 50 pitches to complete the first frame, which was highlighted by a Corey Hart grand slam. The final line was 2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 ER — and 5 Ks. But that’s to be expected from a relief pitcher who was burned out by the end of April. My guess is Nieve is so worn out he can’t even feel his fingers.

Oliver Perez followed in Nieve’s footsteps, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in the next two innings.

Offensively, the Mets weren’t terrible — at the beginning. But they petered out after Ike’s blast. Jose Reyes, Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur, and Angel Pagan all had two hits apiece. Of those four, only Bay didn’t have a stolen base.

Rollie Fingers is back with the Brewers closing out games. Actually, that’s not true — but his waxed handlebar mustache has returned to Milwaukee for save situations, attaching itself to the upper lip of a fireballer named John Axford.

Next Mets Game

Mets avoid the sweep in Milwaukee by sending R.A. Dickey to the mound against Randy Wolf. Game time is 2:10 PM. If it’s between staying at home to watch the game and going to a barbecue, I recommend the BBQ. Fry up some green tomatoes.


Mets Game 36: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 7 Mets 2

Another chapter in the biography of Bad Ollie was written in Miami.

This time, he couldn’t blame the cold weather. He couldn’t blame the condition of the mound. He couldn’t blame a bad knee, or a stomach ache, or an umpire with a tight strike zone.

In short, Ollie is out of excuses.

The scary thing is, the Marlins might’ve scored even more than 7 runs in the first four frames, but Ollie was saved by a few excellent defensive plays behind him. At no point in his brief interaction with the Fish did Oliver Perez appear to have command, confidence, or a clue. Putting him on the mound every five days is becoming an embarrassment to both he and the Mets, and is turning into a sad story.

If there was a bright spot in the game, it was … hmm … I guess Raul Valdes pitching nearly 3 innings of perfect relief. See, there was that.

Game Notes

Oliver Perez allowed 7 earned runs on 9 hits (including 4 homeruns) and 3 walks in 3 1/3 innings. He threw more strikes than in his last debacle start, but unfortunately they were served on a silver platter — over the middle of the plate, waist high, at BP velocity. He threw a handful of decent sliders, but also threw several flat, fat ones — one of which was deposited into the left field seats by Dan Uggla, others that were just missed / fouled off by other hitters. Perez was lucky to get off the mound with “only” 7 runs attached to his line.

Anibal Sanchez was unlike Ollie, pitching 7 full innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks; he struck out 7.

Those 4 hits were the only ones mustered by the anemic Mets offense. Half of the hits were doubles by Angel Pagan — who drove in both Mets runs — and Rod Barajas.

With this loss, the Mets are now back to Omar Minaya’s target of .500 with an 18-18 record. And, the Marlins win boosted them to an identical 18-18 record.

For those who are scoreboard watching, the Braves won, making their record 17-18. So the NL East race at the moment is the Phillies in first, Nationals (!) in second, and a three-team fight for the basement. At least he Mets are fighting for something.

Next Mets Game

Game three of this four-game set begins at 7:10 PM on Saturday night. John Maine faces Nate Robertson. You can be sure that Jerry Manuel will be pulling out every stop to win, because his job is suddenly teetering toward jeopardy again — and I don’t mean an appearance with Alex Trebek.


What To Do With Oliver Perez

After yet another painful showing, it’s time to wonder what in the world the Mets should do with Oliver Perez.

Perez pitched into the fourth inning only because of a combination of great defense, sheer luck, and illogical managing by Bruce Bochy. In truth, Perez never should have made it out of the second frame.

Ollie has now walked 25 batters in 30 innings, and looks completely lost on the mound. His presence on the mound has reached comical heights, marked by Gary Cohen’s reference to Nuke LaLoosh after one of his pitches sailed a good 15 feet wide of home plate.

Perez’s mechanics are inconsistent, and never optimal. As a result, his release point is all over the place and his command is nonexistent. His confidence is shot. When he does throw a strike, it is such a surprise that the home plate umpire is baffled into calling it a ball.

To top it all off, his velocity is now hovering barely above 85 MPH — so you can’t even hope that somehow he’ll find the plate, because if he does, the opposing hitters will feast on those BP fastballs and send them long distances.

So what can the Mets do with their Thirty-Six-Million-Dollar Man?

The obvious step is to send him down to the minors so he can “figure it out”. But what exactly is it that he will be able to “figure out”? Will a mechanics makeover bring his velocity back into the low- to mid-90s? Will it give him pinpoint command — something he never had even when successful? If such a thing is possible, do the Mets have a guru who can make it happen? Can Ricky Bones, Rick Waits, or Al Jackson fix Oliver Perez, or would the Mets have to find someone outside the organization?

Worse … what if he CAN’T be fixed?

That might be the reason the Mets don’t send him down to the minors — the fear that he’ll never show enough down there to justify returning to the big leagues. Translation: $36M down the drain.

Oliver Perez pitched his best — in a Mets uniform — under the guidance of Rick Peterson. Say what you will about “The Jacket”, but his hands-on approach was the right one for the all-over, undisciplined, unfocused Ollie. Peterson is now in Milwaukee, but clearly, Perez needs someone to tell him exactly what to do, and exactly how to do it. And Perez needs to buy into that person’s shpiel 100%. A guru needs to come in and be Oliver Perez’s personal pitching coach, to remake his mechanics, change his mindset, and force him into a disciplined routine. It may sound ridiculous that the Mets should install anyone as a “personal coach”, but the expense will be negligible compared to the $24M left on Perez’s contract.

Or, the Mets could keep sending Perez out to the mound every five days, cross their fingers, and hope for the best. So far, though, that strategy is not working.