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Perez not instilling confidence

Posted By James Kwasnik On March 30, 2010 @ 5:51 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

A day after praising Oliver Perez for having one of the lowest ERAs among the starting five Mets pitchers during Spring Training, the Cardinals teed off on him in today’s loss.

It wasn’t high praise, considering none of the starting rotation has less than a 5.50 ERA. Perez’s ERA ballooned from 5.87 to 8.66 after allowing three home runs and seven total runs to Cardinals batters today.

Oliver Perez (left) listens to Mets pitching coach Dan Warther (center) while catcher Rod Barajas watches. (The Associated Press) [1]

The good news is he walked only two batters. The bad news is it was in just 2 1/3 innings.

You can check out how the rest of the game went with this roundup [2]. The Mets have fallen to 13-13 in exhibition play.

Nelson Figueroa is slated to start Wednesday against the Marlins in Port St. Lucie. My question is why. It seems like the Mets are already set on their starting five: Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, Perez and Jon Niese.

Or are they?

Perhaps after Perez’s dreadful start today, they’re thinking maybe they’ll need another fifth starter. If they are leaning that way, then Figueroa makes sense.

However, if management is sticking with the aforementioned starting five, then having Figueroa start tomorrow’s game doesn’t seem to make sense. Let him go pursue his career elsewhere.

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