By Mike Steffanos
I listened to most of Oliver Perez' outing against the Dodgers tonight. It was obvious from the beginning that this wasn't going to be a replay of his dominant start against the Red Sox last week. He was struggling with his control and, according to Tom McCarthy, didn't have the great slider that he had in that game. I was hoping that Perez could battle through it and put up a representative start. The final line?
6IP, 1R, 0ER, 4H, 2K, 2BB
I know, if you're someone who doesn't believe in Perez, you're going to tell me that it's only an exhibition game. Still, in my mind he's come a long way this spring to fulfilling the promise of that game 7 vs the Cardinals. Pitching a decent game without his best stuff is another positive step.
It wasn't quite as positive when Ambiorix Burgos took over in the seventh and gave up yet another run. He's making a strong case for a demotion to New Orleans but, then again, other than Joe Smith none of the righties behind Heilman have shown much. He's looking as bad as Jorge Julio did going into the season, and I remember some of those ugly games before Julio turned around. If it's any consolation, the pitcher we traded for Burgos didn't fare too well, either.
Lino Urdaneta and Jorge Sosa managed scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth to preserve the Mets' 6-2 win.
The amazing Jose Reyes was 3-3 with a walk, 3 stolen bases and 4 runs scored to spark the "O". (I remember reading an article on Yahoo touting Reyes as the Met most likely to "disappoint" in 2007. Will they ever learn?) Ramon Castro had a 2-run homer and Carlos Beltran also drove in a pair of runs.
The Mets are going to Disney World to face the Braves tomorrow afternoon. Aaron Sele takes the hill.
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