By Mike Steffanos
Game 56: Giants 10 - Mets 2
This was a game practically screaming for a strong start from Oliver Perez. The Mets were on a nice mini roll, and Perez really needs to turn his season around if he hopes to have a nice payday next winter.
I've never held it against Perez that he is playing out his option and looking to cash in. I'd probably do the same thing if I was in his position. At least he had the guts to bet on himself. I'm just not quite sure where those guts were last night. Perhaps he left them in New York.
Unfortunately, it's looking like a bad bet right now. Hopefully it will shock him into going back to what worked for him last year. Either way, unless he finishes really strong the rest of the way, he's probably already cost himself some ching. If I was a GM I don't think he'd be the guy I'd be looking to open the bank vault for, but pitching is in short supply right now.
Let's turn the page on this one. Unlike the last time a lame-duck southpaw pitched this poorly for the Mets, at least it didn't end the season.