Ollie Falters In Kissimmee

An article by posted on March 8, 2011

Not a good day for Oliver Perez who was very hittable today in what will likely be his last start for the Mets.

Perez threw three innings in his third start of the spring against the Astros and allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout. It could have been worse as Lucas Duda made a great play to save a run and third baseman Zach Lutz made a diving grab and clutch throw to stave off even more damage.

His outing even led to a visit to the mound from Terry Collins in the first inning after a two-run double by Carlos Lee.

Perez’s fastball improved from his last outing at 84-88 mph, but still not close to where the Mets want him to be.

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Keeping true to their word, Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson will both make the two hour trek to Kissimmee, Fla., where Oliver Perez will make his final start of the spring against the Astros.

“When you have a conversation with a player, and you give him a program that you’re going to put down, you stand by that program,” the manager said. “Credibility is at stake here. I don’t think it’s fair to him not having me there. If I was trying to make a team and make a rotation and the manager wasn’t there, I would question that.”

According to ESPN, Collins admitted that he’s looking for one thing from Ollie; his velocity, then joked he wanted to see 98 mph.

The plan is for both Alderson and Collins to meet with Perez after his start.

Perez can see the writing on the wall, but continues to forge ahead.

“I feel good because I’ve been doing everything I can. I can’t do any more, and you have to understand that baseball is like this,” Perez said. “Sometimes you’re going to be on top. Sometimes you’re going to be low. Sometimes you’re going to be in the middle.”

Andy Martino of the Daily News concludes from all of this,

It is not likely that Collins or anyone else at Mets camp truly expects Perez to recover much velocity. And it is doubtful that anyone believes he can succeed without doing so. So while Perez is still here, and Tuesday the manager will arrange his schedule around him, the lost lefty will soon be nothing more than a memory.

It’s no secret that Perez prolonged the inevitable during his last start, a huge improvement from his atrocious first game.

I get the sense that they were trying to time this so he gets released after a bad start. That didn’t happen. But now they’ve added velocity as the deciding factor and not so much the results.

I read this as no matter what happens in the game today, if Perez isn’t throwing around 88-91 mph today, it could be the end of the line at Kissimmee.

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