It’s called manager-speak, and you have to know how to read between the lines.
Down 2-1 and going with Oliver Perez tonight in Game 4 to even the series, the Mets are in a hole. I know it, you know it, and Willie Randolph knows it, contrary to what he said last night: “We’ve been in tougher spots than this. We feel like we’re in pretty good shape, even though we’re down 2-1. Things could change real, real quick, so we’ll get some rest tonight and guarantee you we’ll be ready to play tomorrow.’’
Sounds like blowing a lot of smoke to me, but you have to look beyond the words. Randolph knows he’s going with an unproven tonight in Perez, and knows it does him, the Mets and the inconsistent pitcher no good to speak frankly.
Why put on any more pressure on Perez than he already feels? For Perez to win he can’t be worried about saving the Mets’ season, even though that’s the question I posed him last night. A composed Perez can win; a rattled Perez makes it harder.
So, Randolph’s comments, even though they aren’t believable, were designed to help his pitcher.
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