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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ollie Time

Randolph said both Brian Bannister (eight shutout innings Tuesday for the Tides) and Mike Pelfrey, who's expected to come off the Triple-A disabled list this weekend, are "not in the mix" to replace Martinez.

It boils down to two lefties who both have had success in the bigs. Dave Williams is the likely starter, but I do not think there is one person that is not intrigued with Oliver Perez and that would include everyone in the Mets organization. While publicly everyone says next year is the time to watch Oliver Perez, it is undeniable the flame throwing left-hander is secretly on everyone's mind for this season. He is not a rookie and has had big league success. Could he be effective this season with some minor tweaking or does he need a complete overhaul?

In 2004, Perez was seventh in the majors in ERA, fifth in strikeouts, fourth in batting average against, first in K/9, ninth in WHIP, and ninth in SLG% against. If not for Randy Johnson and Perez being on a shitty team, he could of won the CY Young Award. I have seen pitchers toss up years that are clearly an anomaly, but Perez's year was just beyond sick and I have not seen anomaly years that dominant before. His K/9 was always strong and he always had 'stuff', but he put it together in 2004 at a very young age.

John Sickels points out the obvious and says there is hope for him. Sickels also said that Perez was hitting 95 mph and consistently hitting the 92-95 mph range in at least one start prior to the trade. If that is the case and he can keep his velocity up, that is a big boon. However, the problem is that he just hasn't been consistent as Emad has pointed out.

I believe John. But how can he get lit up by AAA hitters sitting 93 with a devastating slider? I understand his command might not be there, but AAA hitters shouldn't be able to carpet bomb stuff like that, even with poor command. Unless, of course, he's just lobbing it in there.

In the first two games at Norfolk, people I trust told me he was at 82-83. I don't know what to believe. All I can say is that the kid is an enigma wrapped in a mystery.

Ollie clearly isn't hurt, but the position of his arm and leg aren't as pronounced as they used to be. That is, his arm isn't extended as far back as it used to during windup. The position of his leg is also closer to his body and less extended. Don't know what this means, but call it an amateur observation.

Another poster had said he was hitting the low to mid 90's in his last start which was very solid with Norfolk. If Perez's fastball is up consistently in the mid to low 90's, I think he should get the nod. I know I wanted to shut him down and have him sent to St. Lucie for rehab and a shrink, but Pedro's injury kind of changes things. Why not let Guy Conti and Rick Peterson get a first hand look at him? Dave Williams may be the safe bet, but with a double digit lead, the Mets should go with the riskier bet with higher upside. Give Oliver a start on Saturday and see if he responds enough to warrent giving him another start or two until Pedro is back. How the Mets play today and Friday might impact who they do actually bring up, but I hope Omar takes a chance on Perez.

Special mention:

You have to love the Microsoft Paint question mark that Sickels put on the baseball card. Classic.

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  • The chunky one is back.

    Heath Bell got the call-up Wednesday to fill Martinez's roster spot. But he knows he could be gone Saturday to open a spot for a starter. He's been shuttled five times between Norfolk and the majors this season – four officially and once when he wasn't eligible and had to head right back to the minors.

    How about he stays? Just maybe, he can add something to this bullpen and the Mets sorely need to add another reliable set up man. He can easily replicate at the very least Roberto Hernandez's 1.60+ whip. Just give the guy a shot and regular work. Please....

  • Darryl is back in the 1986 World Series celebration and it just wouldn't have been right without him.

  • The guy who admitted to killing JonBenet Ramsey just looks creepy.

    Not only does he look creepy, he is creepy.

    Asked what happened when JonBenet died, he said: "It would take several hours to describe that. It's a very involved series of events that would involve a lot of time. It's very painful for me to talk about it."

    "He said it was second-degree murder. He said it was unintentional," Suwat said. "He said he loved this child, that he was in love with her. He said she was very pretty, a pageant queen. She was the school star, she was very cute and sweet."

    Hopefully he gets death by broomsticks shoved up his ass.

  • John Maine has been pretty impressive so far.

    Right-handed hitters have 14 hits and 24 strikeouts in 85 at-bats against Maine. That's a .165 average. But five of the 14 hits have been home runs.

    Righties are hitting .165/.193/.388 off of him and lefites are not doing much better with a .222/.325/.319 line with sixteen hits and thirteen strikeouts in 72 at-bats.

  • From BA:

    The Double-A Binghamton Mets lost four pitchers to Olympic qualifying teams, including closer Henry Owens, who will pitch for Team USA. Starter Miguel Pinango may be selected for the Venezuela team, while Puerto Rican lefthander Willie Collazo and righthander Ivan Maldonado will represent their homeland. The Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament begins Aug. 25 in Cuba, and the pitchers will leave the Mets Sunday.

    "To put on the Puerto Rico jersey at the World Baseball Classic was so special," Collazo told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. "I have no doubt that it will still be special to put on the Puerto Rico jersey and try to qualify for the Olympics. As much as I want to be here and try to qualify for the (Eastern League) playoffs, at the same time I’ve got an opportunity to play for Puerto Rico."

  • Quote of the year....

    It wasn't. On Tuesday, the Post found another 19-year-old, Christina Alisio, who works in a Philadelphia betting parlor and said she had hooked up with Lo Duca last summer. That qualified as front-page news. "He's all right," Alisio said about Lo Duca's off-the-diamond skills, "but below what I expected."

    Paulie Ballgame? Under the bus.

    Really, really good reporting by the New York Post hitting the hard issues. It's not like World War III was about to break out or anything at the time of their award winning coverage on the LoDuca non-story.

  • Phil Humber had a solid outing in Binghamton's loss to Bowie. Humber went 5.2 innings and gave up three hits, two earned runs, one homer, and two walks while striking out nine.

    Fernando Martinez, Mike Carp, and Caleb Stewart all went deep in St. Lucie's 7-2 win over Clearwater. Martinez went 1 for 4 with his third homer of the year and his eighth overall, Carp went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and his thirteenth homer of the year to bring his average up to .297, and Stewart went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, a triple, four RBIs, and his thirteenth homerun of the year. Jose Sanchez picked up his tenth win of the year with seven innings of one earned run ball.

    Jon Neise threw three scoreless innings with one hit allowed, two walks allowed, and four strikeouts in Hagerstown's loss to Lakewood. He was held to three innings as he was on a pitch count to keep watch on his arm which has thrown 120 innings this year.

    Eric Brown and John Ruckle each threw a scoreless inning for the NL All-Stars as Dustin Martin went 2 for 5 with a double and Jason Jacobs went 0 for 1 in NL's loss to the AL-Starts in the NY-Penn All Star Game.

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Hey - if anyone needs a lunch time diversion, I'm chatting right now on the Hot Foot chat room at http://www.projectpseudo.com/irc/metsblog.html - user name, ToastyJoe.

    1:18 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Game chatter? Or is this to talk dirty?

    1:24 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    You wish. Game chatter only.

    1:26 PM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    Good to hear about Niese and the pitch count. I was concerned maybe it was an injury when I saw the box score.

    Fernando is not hitting for average at St. Lucie, but still for a lot of power. I would love for him to mature into a little less of a free swinger (I am splitting hairs here, but I want him to be perfect, is that too much to ask?)

    Viva la Humber. He is going to be better than Pelfrey.

    2:08 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Not too much to ask. I think he is extremely patient for a young kid though. I was a junior when I was 17 and playing baseball. This kid is 17 and playing high-A baseball. He'll walk plenty.

    Humber might be better than Pelfrey in 2007!

    2:34 PM

    Anonymous benny blanco from da Bronx said...

    The only thing that sucks about Oliver Perez is that everyone is in agreement that he's throwing slower..

    I love the name of the news article of the JonBenet Ramsey murder.
    JonBenet Suspect 'So Very Sorry'

    Really? Sorry? Is that all you have to say about this? After about 10 years or so. This thing is soo old, when this happened I was in the 4th grade and lived in Brooklyn. Jesus...
    WHERE WERE YOU on December of 1996?

    The Maine Event is the fucking man. I'm starting to become a believer in him. If he keeps this up, it'll be amazing for October.

    I like Ivan Maldonado for some reason. He's done pretty good at Double A.

    Atleast we know Paul Lo Duca is a whack attack and not only "loses it" on the field but off the field as well. Mid-life crisis man... it hurts.

    What would you prefer from Fernando Martinez? him hitting the dingers, or him hitting for a higher average?

    Dustin Martin is good. And for some reason I also like that Jacobs kid in Brooklyn even though his stats are nothign special I just like him.

    3:07 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    I just heard Zorro left with a strained hammy? That is not fucking swell.

    3:11 PM

    Anonymous Robb said...

    At 17 i'd prefer he hit for average. Power will come with age or so says the baseball idiom, nice Reyes hit 50 steals, how good is he and cheap for the enxt 4 years.

    D-wright needs two days off, though i'd have said the same for delgado yesterday...

    3:13 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I'll take 95 as opposed to 98. That doesn't suck that bad. 98 down to 87 sucks REALLY bad.

    I'm a believer in Maine, but him kind of getting into trouble late is becoming his thing. Not too excited about that, but he has looked really great so far.

    Right now? I like the power for F-Mart. The average will be there, but to see him have some pop at such a young age is scary.

    Bring up Gotay! Free Ruben Gotay!

    D-Wright does need two days off. He is hurting.

    3:22 PM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    Benny - I watched a Cyclones game and Jacobs has a nice swing. Plus he wears #31 and is a catcher, so there is that to like about him as well. Dustin Martin can just flat rake. It's a pitcher's league for sure, and he is still raking.

    Power or average for F-Mart? Since I want him to be the perfect prospect, I want both. I don't want to settle for one. Give me the total package.

    Even if it is slight strain, since Stache is all old and what not, he should probably go on the DL. It might be a blessing in disguise. He will be fresher for October.

    Wright AT LEAST needs one day off. I doubt he would want to sit out two in a row. Maybe one game off this and next weekend?

    3:31 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Danny...you greedy bastard...both? He'll have both, but power now is slightly more important. He'll hit for average, but you never know if prospects will hit for power until they actually do. His early returns are extremely positive in that category for XBHs.

    3:52 PM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    Michael - Guilty as charged. I want it all. I am throwing out reason and patience with Fernando. I am smitten.

    Good point about power being slightly more important than average, since power may or may never come...

    Reminds me of Mr. Gomez. Will it come?

    4:27 PM

    Anonymous Coop said...

    Hey minors geeks, who the H-E-double hockey sticks is this Dave Williams guy? I think most of us there on 1986 celebration night would rather have a "name" (read: Ollie) than some other scrub from triple A. Disappointed. This is as bad as Lima (at least with Lima, it was an excuse for me to get drunk)

    4:28 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Gomez hits bombs in BP according to BA, but in games? Not so much. I think he'll come around, but he's not going to be a big bopper. Whatever, he is faaaaast so he could be another Jose Reyes type guy with more pop. I'm pretty pumped about him right now.

    Dave Williams was picked up from the Reds in a shrewd move by Omar (who is the man).

    He's 27 and left-handed. Not a scrub, just misguided.

    Rest assured Coop, Lima Time! is much worse.

    4:50 PM


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