Billy Wagner is out indefinitely. Omar Minaya believes the answer will come from within, and he has confidence in those pitchers. By the way, that group has combined for 20 blown saves. It would seem obvious Philly has the closer edge with Lidge over anybody the Mets will throw out there.
Oliver Perez going for the Mets tonight. He’s given up just 14 runs over his last nine starts.
Using a starter out of the pen is all but a dead issue. John Maine was their first choice, but his fastball isn’t there and he’s got shoulder issues. Perez is pitching too well to be taken out of the rotation. They won’t screw with Johan Santana and Pedro Martinez is too delicate. That leaves Mike Pelfrey, but manager Jerry Manuel doesn’t want to mess with him, either.