During the post game, Ron Darling had some very choice words for Oliver Perez and the Mets. Thanks to Metsfan4decades and Mrnorthjersey for relaying the comments in the dugout
“You’ve really run out of excuses…Doesn’t matter how much money you’re paying him…He doesn’t belong here…88mph fastball is not gonna make it…He’s not like a Moyer or Glavin though…He’s not making the adjustments like those finesse pitchers did…I think you’re at the point where you have to say we made a mistake signing Ollie…Send him to Buffalo…Mets are the swing n miss team of baseball…They need to make a change in the lineup”
Its hard to argue with any of this in my opinion. Im glad Ronnie had the cojones to say what he truly feels on air and im sure he is not alone in what he thinks. I know Ollie is our “#5″ pitcher and all(even though he makes more than our #2, #3 and #4 combined) but enough is enough. The only thing keeping Perez in the rotation(and I bet he remains there) is his 12 million dollar contract. When Jonathon Niese has more innings pitched, lower era and making $11,598,000 less than Oliver Perez…we have an issue. Now I know the argument is that he is a #5 starter, he is giving you what you would expect. What I say is that he hurts a team in a place where they feel it much more for a longer period of time…the bullpen. Including today, Ollie has gone 3.1 INNINGS IN HIS LAST 3 STARTS! I dont know what the Mets brass are thinking of doing but this is an alarming trend and if according to Ollie he is “healthy”, ill let you fill in the gap on that one.
UPDATE: In case you were wondering, according to a tweet from Adam Rubin “Jerry and Omar having chat in manager’s office, by the way.”