From Afar, Perez May Be the Mets Good-Luck Charm

May 8, 2009

The greater the distance is between Mets left-hander Oliver Perez and his teammates, the more successful the ballclub has become. Since the organization’s decision to pull Perez from his next start, the Mets have won four games in a row and are just one half of a game out of first place. Isn’t it amazing how fast things change in less than a week? This past Monday, the $36 million left-hander was being optioned like a cousin once removed to the bullpen. The idea was for Perez to find his lost confidence and hopefully work out his differences. The Mets, on the other hand, went on to sweep a two-game series from the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Following Wednesday night’s game, GM Omar Minaya made an impromptu announcement publicizing that Perez had previously undergone an MRI. The tests revealed that the southpaw was suffering from knee tendinitis. With that, Oliver was heading to the DL. That night, the Mets edged the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0. With another win last night, the Mets may want to rethink their strategy concerning their disenfranchised starting pitcher. Is their a possibility for a trip to Siberia for Perez’ in the near future? That depends on how long the team can keep on winning.

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