I wasn’t home today during the game and the game wasn’t even on TV, so I can’t tell you much about it from my point of view except that Oliver Perez needs to start focusing for the season soon. We don’t want April to be like last April. You know, that game that he pitched against the Phillies kind of April?
Perez threw five innings today, but gave up five runs.
How come with every word I write on this post I keep getting reminded of that horrible game in April against the Phillies? Fine, that is it, I’m going to dig up some of my post-game from that day and see how it turned out. To see it all, click here.
Date: April 12, 2007
Mets vs. Phillies
This is what I wrote:
“Oliver Perez had a fine start, allowing no hits for the first two innings, then allowed a single in the third and never looked back. He ended up walking consecutive batters, hitting another batter, and then was finally taken out after walking in three runs by Willie Randolph”
So ya kinda see what I mean?
At the plate, it was really nice to see Ryan Church get a hit. Beltran hit a homer and Brian Schneider, finally returning from the injury, went hitless.
Orlando Hernandez! Yes, he is pitching in a real, live game! No, not a simulated game! Not a bullpen session! Not just throwing long toss with some weird ball that he always does. He is actually going to throw a pitch to a batter with an umpire behind him and a crowd cheering.
That’s always a good sign, right? Well, I guess, but when you are the world’s most injury-prone person, anytime you walk you could break a leg, ankle, or whatever that bunion thing was. Besides, he isn’t a young person that can pitch all day long. He is 42. Or maybe he is 32. Or maybe he is 52. Maybe if his dog never decided to “chew up his birth certificate”, we might have a clue!
So again, Orlando Hernandez is pitching tomorrow. I think the team should wheel him in a wheelchair out to the mound to make sure he doesn’t pull a muscle or break his leg. What do you think?