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Am I the only one that finds irony in the fact that yesterday was a Must Win™ game for the Mets if they want to save Willie Randolph's job, and they sent out "Mount" Oliver Perez (called that because he's an active volcano; he can go kaboom at any time)... and he pitched a gem?

And that he's starting to develop a history of this, if you count the '06 playoffs?

I wonder if we should do that for all of his starts; next time he starts - probably against the Angels - someone should post that National Lampoon cover of the gun to the dog's head, only replacing the text with "If You Don't Get A Quality Start We Will Kill This Dog", and when he plays the Mariners the week after that, tell him that if he doesn't pitch into the 7th inning that someone's going to blow up a dam or something.

C'mon, Mets fans! We're only a few women tied to train tracks away from Oliver Perez: Cy Young Candidate!

PS: If Willie is fired but Omar is retained, that will be a tragedy.


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Jun. 14th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm still around and check my LJ friends page, even though I never post on mine.

I don't know what to do or think about Oliver anymore. I'm back to 2006 (regular season) mode where I just expect nothing out of him and anything resembling a quality start is a bonus. I have no idea what's wrong with him but he looks like a different guy than he did last season. We NEED a third pitcher to step up and keep pace with Santana and Maine. Between Perez, Pelfrey and Pedro, that's 60% of starts where we go in thinking "if they won today it would be a nice bonus" and that's not acceptable. Perez SHOULD be as good as Maine; their careers had been fairly similar through the end of last year. But Perez has regressed badly. Best-case scenario, he's injured or something and once he's healthy he will look like last year.

I agree with you that Omar is more responsible for the problems this year, but managers tend to be more fungible so we'd have to expect the manager to go before the GM (remember Phillips outlasting Bobby V by about a year?). I don't know what to make of Omar. In 2005 and 2006 every single friggin move he made worked out. The big signings and trades like Beltran, Delgado and Wagner, and also all the bench/pen moves that always get glossed over when they happen like Endy, Bradford, Darren Oliver, Valentin, etc., and he also stole Perez, Duque and Maine in brilliant trades. Was he just lucky? Because nothing has really worked out well for him since then.

I'm not going to try to talk about what happens this year. Depending on the day I'm either passively optimistic that they can pull back into the race or morbidly and hilariously depressed/helpless (the other night I wrote a song parody about the Mets set to "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston; the chorus goes "You're way too bad at baseball / your lineup will never work / you'll have me suicidal, suicidal / when you miss the playoffs"), so I'll just say I hope that good things happen but I have no idea how it will play out. But what about next year? Pedro and Oliver are both free agents; Delgado and Alou have team options but will presumably be gone. Offense is something we can throw money at, but how will the Mets fill two rotation spots with no prospects on the pipeline? I think we're looking at a rotation along the lines of: Santana, Maine, (Carlos Silva/Livan Hernandez type $10m/year signing), (Jamie Moyer/Adam Eaton type $8m/year signing), Pelfrey. Ugh.
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