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UPDATE: Oliver Perez moved to the bullpen

May 15, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

Bad Ollie.jpgUPDATE: Perez has been moved to the bullpen, according to Adam Rubin of

Kevin Burkhardt of reports that Manuel has yet to name a replacement, but logic dictates that it would be left-hander Hisanori Takahashi. If not, the Mets would need to make a roster move should they choose to pluck R.A. Dickey or Dillon Gee from the minor leagues.

9:01 AM: Mets manager Jerry Manuel wouldn’t come right out and say it, but it would appear Oliver Perez is on his way out of the rotation after his latest implosion against the Marlins on Friday night (quote via Adam Rubin of

“I’m concerned with the outings that we’re getting,” Manuel said. “The
last two outings, I have to be concerned with. We have to entertain some
different things.”

Perez was trounced for seven runs over just 3 1/3 innings against the Marlins, tying a career-high by giving up four home runs. He served up three home runs in the fourth inning alone.

The left-hander now has a 5.94 ERA and 1.92 WHIP over his first seven starts, compiling an ugly 27/28 K/BB ratio. Even worse, Perez is 3-7 with a 6.52 ERA and a 89/86 K/BB ratio since signing a three-year, $36 million contract with the Mets following the 2008 season.

So, yes, Perez is likely on the way out of the rotation, but the Mets would need his permission before they send him to the minor leagues. And so, with Scott Boras in tow, there’s a good chance Perez joins Jeff Suppan as one of the game’s most overpriced mop-up men.

Regardless of where Perez goes from here, the most likely candidate to replace him in the rotation is Hisanori Takahashi. The 35-year-old southpaw has a 2.74 ERA over his first 14 major league appearances, compiling an impressive 29/10 K/BB ratio over 23 innings.

  1. Old Gator - May 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    It’s tough to keep track of my Feesh from up here in the wilds of western Massachusetts this weekend but once in a while my trusty mental dialysis unit picks up the odd wireless signal and I can catch a snort of what’s going on in Macondo. Well, it was an odd thing, watching the little 60-second recycling of the “at-the-park” feature of the MSNBC scoreboard last night. First there was the way the little red blips cleared off the bases when Uggla crushed his first dinger. Then, an inning later, the baseball diamond image would keep flashing back on, still with no one on base, but the Feesh tally would keep going up by one each time, and a cycle later the recap would tell me who just teed off on poor Ollie. The hapless hurler reminded me a bit of that old German corporal on his bicycle riding along a beach road in Normandy who suddenly finds himself in the middle of the opening barrage by the allied battleships at dawn on June 6, 1944. And then of course, Ollie headed for the detoxification center and the entire game ground to a halt, except for one unscheduled two-run spasm by the Mutts in the feefth.
    Lost in all of this is that Anibal Sanchez is slowly but surely making his way back to the kind of form he displayed before he blew out his shoulder year before last. He didn’t implode as he has been in the fourth or fifth and pitched his way through seven, walking only two and fanning seven. Not at all bad. He could help the Feesh to near-respectability this season if he comes around – but they still have to do something about that Farenheit 451 Station in the boolpen.
    Not quite as lost, Ollie served up the first gopher to a Feesh lefty so far this season, to the also gradually rounding into form Chris Coghlan. I had to blink a couple of times when the screen cleared to be sure it said “Coghlam homered to center(!) on a 3-1 count.” Our former rookie of the year is clawing his way out of the deepest sophomore slump since the Turnagain Arm after the Good Friday earthquake.

  2. jwb - May 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    “And so, with Scott Boras in tow, there’s a good chance Perez joins Jeff Suppan as one of the game’s most overpriced mop-up men.”
    Carlos Zambrano, with Barry Praver in tow, is the game’s most overpriced mop-up man.

  3. Route36West - May 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Ya I dont here anything now from the New York Jouranlist who was talking about gloating that the Mets had a half a game lead. Even though they only had it because they played 1 more game then the Phillies.
    Mets are still the biggest joke in the league. They spend so much money and still suck every year. Id rather be an Orlioles fan then a Mets fan because at least they have an excuse for sucking.

  4. D.J. Short - May 15, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Well, I’m giving Big Z a pass because Piniella is actually using him at crucial points in ballgames. Suppan, like Perez, is a lost cause. Different scenarios, as least as far as I’m concerned.

  5. Old Gator - May 16, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    However bad Ollie must have looked, John Maine (remember the Maine of yore?) made him look like Greg Maddux yesterday, Saturday. Three walks on twelve straight balls to open the game…making the Feesh look good this week seems to have been the Mutts’ mission in life. Today is the so-called “rubber game” and the way the Feesh have done the Mutts wrong already this weekend one can only hope that they’ll use one. After all, baseball is a game of inches and…er…okay, I think I’ll retire this particular constellation of metaphors right here. Got a long drive back to Nyoric this morning anyway.
    reCaptcha: oligarchy anteater.

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