I wish I could write something positive about Oliver Perez's pitching today against the Red Sox. Unfortunately, Perez couldn't even make it through the first inning. In the Mets final 2009 preseason game, Perez threw 37 pitches; only 14 found the strike zone. And though he surrendered only two hits, one of them was a grand slam. In all, six runs were charged to Perez before Figueroa was able to get the third out.
I'm curious to see what excuses the Mets website will offer for Perez's horrific performance.
On the plus side, John Maine pitched two innings of scoreless ball, surrendering just one hit, and Darren O'Day pitched the final inning, filling the hits, runs, and walks columns of his boxscore with zeros. His final preseason ERA: 2.57.
Tomorrow, the Mets have an off day. Then, on Monday, the season starts for real in Cincinnati. Fortunately for the Mets, Johan Santana, not Oliver Perez, will be on the mound.