Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets, Our Destiny is In our Ability to Win

An article by posted on September 28, 2008

I bet professional sportswriters dream for days like today. The last
regular season game at Shea Stadium will be one played with fire and
brimstone as the Mets are on the line for the postseason. Win and then
we see what the Brewers do, lose and then we have to pray. There are so
many things going on, so many emotions and they will all be heading to
Flushing tomorrow. Will it be the last game at Shea? Will there be many
more this season? It all comes down to this. 161 games down to one game
and then possibly another game. Taking the mound on this historic day
for the fish will be Olsen, and he will be dueling the always on the
edge of seat Perez.

Olsen, 8-11, has pitched 195.2 innings and
has an ERA of 4.23. He will most likely tommorow reach the 200 innings
in a season plateu for the first time in his career. In his last five
games he has a 2-3 record, 30.1 innings, and an ERA 4.45. In his last
start against the Mets he lasted 6.1 innings and allowed 6 runs. In
2008 against Mets, he has seen them 4 times, has a record of 0-3,
pitched 22 innings, and has had an ERA of 6.95. Here are some Mets
stats against Olsen:
     Reyes 14-32, 4 2B, 3B, HR
     Beltran 12-27, 3 2B, 3 HR, 5 BB
     Wright 9-29, 4 2B, 3 HR
     Evans 6-10, 2B, HR
     Ramon Martinez 3-6
The
Mets can hit him. Look at those numbers. The Mets offense has not been
here the last two days, but it was here the couple of games before
that. The Mets have not faced a pitcher that they have experience
against yet this series against the Marlins but that changes tommorow.
They have seen him, they know him, and now they need to act.

Perez,
10-7, has been really rocky as of late. On the season he has pitched
188.2 innings, and has an ERA of 4.25. In his last five, he is 1-0 over
27.1 innigns and an ERA of 6.26. That being said, 6 games ago, he faced
the Marlins and lasted 6 innings, alllowed 3 hits, 2 R, 1 earned run, 5
BB and 4. On the season against the fish, he has faced them 5 times
already and is 3-0. He has pitched 31 innings and has a cool ERA of
2.03 with 16 BB and 32 K’s.
     Ramierez 8-30
     Ross 9-25, 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR
     Willingham 7-20, 2B, 3 HR
     Uggla 6-26, 2 2B
The
main thing for Perez is for him to keep the walks to the mininum. When
he does that he, he is fine. He has been doing that against the Fish
this year with 2 K’s per BB. If he does that, then he will be
successful. Last time against the fish, he walked a lot, but he was
able to get through it. In 2006, the Mets called on Perez to lead them
in the all important Game 7 of the NLCS. He was in the middle of a
terrible, terrible year. He came out that night and he was on fire and
he was brilliant. He can do that again. He needs to do that tommorow.
Lets Go Mets! Lets Make the Playoffs!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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