By Mike Steffanos
Diamondbacks 4 - Mets 1
Played Sunday, June 3, 2007
For four innings yesterday, Oliver Perez pitched as well as I've ever seen from any Mets starting pitcher in the thousands of baseball games I have watched in my lifetime. Unfortunately, Oliver had a couple of bad innings that cost him a game. Even then, he pitched well enough to earn a win but, with the Mets' injury-depleted offense, that wasn't to be.
For what it's worth, I was impressed with how Perez was able to limit the damage when he got into trouble. Not much else to say about this one -- the Mets need to start getting their hitters back, particularly Beltran.
Interesting comments by Billy Wagner after the game in the recap on Mets.com. Wagner feels that the "passion and fire" have been lacking somewhat from this team, and that they are not quite as good as they were last season because of that.
After the Mets fell behind this game I told Lisa that I didn't have the same feeling as I had last year when the Mets were behind. I really don't think they are as hungry as they were in 2006. On the other hand, I think that developed over the course of the year -- especially when they had that long, successful road trip. I'd love to see this year's team show a little more of that. They're good, but they really can be better.
|Oliver Perez (6-4)|
|TOTAL (11 Games)||70.2||30||22||51||66||21||9||2.80||1.02||7-4|