Last week’s question was: How will Oliver Perez perform now that he’s off the disabled list? Here are the results:
He will be the same Ollie, winning as many games as he loses.—54 percent
He’ll turn a new leaf and get back to the form he was in 2006.—12 percent
He will be just as bad as he was before he went on the disabled list. —23 percent
He won’t last a month as a starter. – 12 percent
Most of you didn’t vote for a favorable outcome for Perez’s return. The good news is he won his first game back. The bad news is he barely made it out of the fifth inning, allowed seven walks and threw almost as many balls as strikes.
He was lucky the Mets scored five runs and had a solid-enough bullpen to back him up. He won’t be so lucky each time he goes out, especially the way the Mets seem to bunch their offense by getting shut out in one game and scoring nine runs in another.
If his first game is any indication, he hasn’t gotten any better despite months of work. Although he only allowed four hits, he lacked consistency in his pitches. He admitted that he was nervous on the mound, so let’s chalk up a couple of those walks to that.
The Mets will need him to improve, especially with Livan Hernandez struggling lately. Right now, that $36 million contract looks about as flimsy as the paper it was written on.
This week’s question is: How do you think the Mets will perform in the second half?