Poor Mets pitching overshadowed the return of two Mets starters, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado, to the lineup.
Anyone who has followed Mets pitcher Oliver Perez knows he is prone to walking batters. In what surely is a troubling sign, Perez allowed six walks in less than four innings. Two of those walks in the first inning led to two runs.
Perez’s next two innings were a lot more palatable, even though he gave up another walk in the second and a hit in each of the frames.
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The fourth inning was when he truly started to melt down. Perez walked three batters, including two back to back. A Placido Polanco homer drove in three more runs. He walked yet another batter before being pulled for Carlos Muniz, who gave up a double to score Perez’s sixth earned run.
Ron Villone, who is vying to be the second left-handed setup man on the roster, didn’t help his cause any by allowing four runs to left-handed batters off of two doubles in just one inning of work.
But there were some bright spots in today’s game. The Mets finally had five of their potential starters in the lineup. Beltran continued the offensive pace he set in the World Baseball Classic by going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Delgado didn’t fare as well but did draw a walk.
Jose Reyes, Jeremy Reed and Johnathan Malo all had two-hit days. But they were all topped by Fernando Tatis, who was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
The Mets next face the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. Thursday. John Maine will take the mound.
Question of the day: With Perez’s poor performance today, John Maine’s continual problems and Mike Pelfrey’s meltdown yesterday, are you worred at all about the starting rotation, or do you think it’s still too early to tell?