By Mike Steffanos
Mets 3 - Braves 2
Played Monday, September 10, 2007
Oliver Perez certainly earned a leg up for the fourth playoff starter's spot with this start. The biggest play of the game might well have been the pickoff of Tim Hudson at second base in the sixth inning. You might be amused to know that Hudson, as quoted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien, seemed to fell that play reflected poor sportsmanship on the part of the Mets:
The Braves trailed 1-0 with runners at first and second and one out when Hudson took too big a lead off second and was picked off by Perez.
"Every time a pitcher gets on base now, I'm gonna pick," said Hudson, upset that Perez would focus on picking off a fellow pitcher. "Obviously I'm not a very good baserunner. Looking back, I was probably a little too far off the bag. But I'm hardly ever on second base. I don't know what's close and what's far. I guess I know what's too far now."
Hot-hitting Matt Diaz was up at the time, compounding Hudson's mistake. Diaz is a .346 hitter with runners in scoring position and less than two outs, but he drops to .222 in those situations with two outs. He struck out.
I laughed out loud when I read this. Hudson is a good athlete who is batting .250 on the season. He's taking the largest lead he can get because he wants to score on a single, but somehow Hudson feels entitled to take umbrage that Perez picked him off second. They may not produce a lot of vino down in Atlanta, but it sure is terrific whine-producing country. I can understand Hudson's frustration at losing a well-pitched game, particulalry since he's been struggling lately, but that's truly pathetic.
|Oliver Perez (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (26 Games)||160.2||77||61||135||156||71||21||3.42||1.28||16-10|