By Mike Steffanos
Mets 2 - Yankees 0
Played Friday, June 15, 2007
Oliver Perez had a rough time of it his last time out in Detroit. Those of us who have been watching him all season kind of knew he'd come back with a good one in the Bronx last night. The real question was would the Mets generate enough offense for it to matter. Thankfully, Jose Reyes had the right answer to that one, too, and it gave the Mets just enough to end the losing streak and take game one of the 2007 Subway Series, Part Deux.
To steal a analogy, Perez is like a box of chocolates -- you never know quite what you're going to get. There are days when he goes out there and actually puts the vast majority of his pitches where he's aiming them. Last night, Lo Duca admitted after the game that Ollie only hit his glove a handful of times all evening. Yet his fastball and slider were both great, and he was able to battle through some dicey stretches. His perseverance was rewarded by 7-1/3 scoreless innings and the sweet music of Yankees fans booing him as he hopped off for the final time in the eighth inning.
|Oliver Perez (Last 5 games)|
|Season (13 Games)||83.0||35||27||63||76||29||10||2.93||1.11||8-5|
Pedro Feliciano and Joe Smith did their jobs in the eighth for one out each, although for Feliciano it was fortunate that Abreu hit his ball to the deepest part of the ballpark. Wagner was dominant in the ninth.
And so the Mets get a big win that we could hope might be the start of a better stretch of play. The offense still isn't there, but it was a quality win against a quality team that's been on a roll. Speaking of that, Jeter and A-Rod are the starts in that lineup along with Posada and Matsui, but the Yankees cranking their offense up coincided with Abreu finally becoming Abreu again. He's not quite worth the huge salary at this stage of his career, but he's a heck of a hitter when he's right.