By Mike Steffanos
Pirates 8 - Mets 4
Played Thursday, July 26, 2007
We've seen this before from Perez, where things go wrong and he loses his composure. After sailing along with a 1-0 lead into the sixth, a leadoff single and then an infield hit by the pitcher put him in a jam, and his own error on a bunt allowed the tying run to score. After coming back to get Sanchez and Bay, David Wright can't make a play on the hard grounder that could've gotten him out of it. Now down 3-1, Perez allows a 2-run homer to Josh Phelps that basically puts it out of reach.
Without completely taking Wright off the hook, Nady's ball was a smash. At times I forget how young Perez still is. He's 3 months younger than John Maine, despite having more major league time under his belt, and probably still has some growing to do before he is ready to fully take on the mantle of ace of the staff. On the other hand, those who would criticize Perez for his inconsistency would do well to remember how far he has come in a short period of time.
|Oliver Perez (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (18 Games)||114||49||36||90||108||44||14||2.84||1.18||10-8|
Scott Schoeneweis continues to not be able to pitch at Shea, and you have to suspect at this point that his tenure with the club will end very ugly. Meanwhile, Joe Smith could only benefit from a chance to take a deep breath and find himself again away from the spotlight.