It seems like all of New York, and some of his team, are getting on Oliver Perez for his poor outing yesterday in which he gave up six walks, five hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Pitching coach Dan Warthen has said he doesn’t like what he’s seeing from Perez since coming back to the team from the World Baseball Classic, where he didn’t pitch all that well. He said he doesn’t think Perez’s arm strength is where it should be at this point. Basically, he’s saying Perez is out of shape.
The Mets management weren’t the only ones who are concerned with Perez’s appearance and attitude. MLB.com is reporting that Johan Santana, the consummate clubhouse leader, talked to Perez this morning about getting back into fighting form.
“I talked to him. … He’s got to get into pitching again and get going. He knows that,” Santana told MLB.com’s Marty Noble. “He’s got to get his mechanics and his command.”
ESPN Radio’s Brandon Tierney said on his talk show this morning that re-signing Perez to a three-year $36 million deal was insane. Tierney, who clearly isn’t a Perez fan, said spending that much money on someone who has more losses than wins in his career and is so erratic might not be worth it, which leads us to the . . .
Question of the Day: Do you agree with him? Was re-signing Perez a mistake or can Warthen work wonders?