By Mike Steffanos
Braves 7 - Mets 3
Played Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I could tell in the first inning that Oliver Perez was in for a long night. His slider wasn't really biting and his fastball wasn't popping. As Ron Darling pointed out later on, he just wasn't getting the swing and misses that he usually does.
For Perez this is 3 pretty bad starts in a row, and he'll need to find his way through it. For the Mets, it now means they are behind the eight ball in yet another series against the Braves.
|Oliver Perez (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (20 Games)||125||60||46||105||124||47||17||3.31||1.22||11-9|
There wasn't a single Mets hitter who had a game to write home about yesterday. Moises Alou endeared himself to the faithful with the two double plays he grounded into, but David Wright was also once again conspicuously absent in a game against the Braves. Most of the other games were played during his early season funk, but he's been hot lately. Not last night.
Feel free to vent any of your frustrations at the scapegoat of your choice. As I've said, there are many to choose from. Simply put, it's time for this club to put up or shut up against the Braves. The oft-heard refrain about being in first place becomes moot if they keep dropping these important inter-division games. Why the Mets have struggled so much to beat the Braves this season hardly matters. They simply must figure out how to win some of these games.