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You Don't Necessarily Gotta Believe

Mike SteffanosFriday, August 15, 2008
By Mike Steffanos

Game 121: Mets 9 - Nationals 3

I'm not one to indulge in excess angst regarding the Mets, but I had a bad feeling that they were going to lose Wednesday night's game in DC. Of course you already know they won that one 12-0.

I was unable to watch last night's series finale live. When I got home and turned the tv on and saw that it was 9-3 in the ninth, for a moment I thought they were losing 9-3. It occurs to me now that, being a little superstitious, I will have to force myself to maintain that fatalistic attitude until it runs out of wins. Then again, given this bullpen, that probably won't be too hard.

Watching the game on DVR afterwards I was impressed with Perez' night. Until seeming to tire in the seventh, he dominated the Nationals' lineup. Now while dominating a bad hitting club isn't a remarkable achievement in and of itself, I thought it was a mark of growing maturity that he didn't fall into the usual pattern of not being his best against lesser competition.

It's interesting to consider what Perez' price tag might be this winter if he continues to pitch consistently as he has done since his start against the Yankees in late June. More on this in a follow up piece later today.

By the way, for those of you who are Jets fans, you might enjoy Gary Sparber's pics from Jets camp featuring the new guy.

View Oliver Perez's Full Season Stats

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