By Mike Steffanos
Rockies 8 - Mets 4
I'm going to share a few quick thoughts with you tonight and then duck and run. I'm just plain exhausted after 3 late nights in a row. To anyone that envisioned Oliver Perez as a potential piece of the puzzle in the playoffs this year, I suspect this game put a damper on that. I'm certainly not going to write him off for one bad game in Colorado, but I think they're better off working on his mechanics -- which are still God-awful -- and giving him a full spring training before they ask anything of him.
I thought Perez threw his slider a little too much against the Phillies, and in that game he had a nice hard down break on it. It was a lot flatter tonight, which can happen in the thin air, and he threw it too much again. His mechanics are so messed up he's not spotting his fastball at all, and he's hanging a few of those sliders. The Rockies were equal opportunity tonight, pounding both of his pitches. I still like the kid, but let's all take a step back and save the project for next spring.
I'm not going to say much about the offense. The Mets scored 4 runs on 13 hits and 2 walks. They left 17 men on base. What more do you need to say? The bright spots were Wright with 2 hits, including another home run, Reyes and Chavez with 3 hits apiece, and Lo Duca with a pair of knocks.
Reyes made a throwing error to end the streak of errorless games at 12, although Michael Tucker should have been charged with an error in Wednesday's game, anyway. The Mets had a bad game tonight. I guess they were due. Hopefully they're back in business against the Astros. I'm going to bed.