- Perez still appears to have control issues; witness the 17 baserunners, nine via walks, in 9 1/3 innings during his two rehab starts against Triple-A batters. But Mets general manager Omar Minaya says that Perez is ready, so he’s set to pitch on four days’ rest, displacing Tim Redding, who has been assigned to the bullpen. Perez’s most recent performances against the Dodgers have reflected the kind of pitcher he is. He has a 2-3 record and a 5.97 ERA in five starts since the beginning of the 2006 season. The left-hander allowed 30 hits, six of them home runs, and 22 walks in merely 28 2/3 innngs.
- New York however, is playing some of its worst baseball of the season. The Mets, who have lost four in a row and nine of 11, have not scored in the last 22 innings. Tuesdayâ€™s defeat marked the first time since May 24-25, 2005, in Atlanta, that New York had been shut out in consecutive games. â€œWhen you donâ€™t hit or hit singles, youâ€™re a team that looks lethargic, and thatâ€™s what we are right now,â€ said Mets manager Jerry Manuel, whose club has scored three runs and is batting .183 during its four-game slide.
- All-Star third baseman David Wright went 0 for 3 with a walk Tuesday. He is hitless in his last 16 at-bats. While the injury-ravaged Mets are eagerly awaiting the return of Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and others from the disabled list, left-hander Oliver Perez makes his first start since May 2 after rehabbing patellar tendinitis in his right knee.
- â€œHopefully he can get to the 100-pitch mark with a chance to win the game. Hopefully he has command, and Iâ€™d like to see good stuff,â€ Manuel told the Metsâ€™ official Web site. â€œIâ€™d like to see the life on his pitches.â€
- Perez, though, walked nine in 9 1-3 innings in two starts at Triple-A Buffalo. He is 5-5 with a 3.88 ERA in 11 starts against Los Angeles.
- In Ramirezâ€™s first game back, right-hander Hiroki Kuroda yielded three runs and four hits in a 6-3 win at San Diego. Despite the Dodgers staking him to a five-run first-inning lead, the right-hander matched his second-shortest outing of the season with 5 1-3 innings.
- He will make his third career start against the Mets. Facing them twice in 2008, Kuroda was 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA. He didnâ€™t last past 3 1-3 innings in either outing as the Mets hit .441 against him.