For Manuel and Perez, Success Has Different Meanings

August 2, 2009

When left-hander Oliver Perez takes the mound for the Mets these days, manager Jerry Manuel is made to linger on the top step of the dugout. Since his return from the disabled list with patellar tendinitis of the knee, Perez has been unable to pitch into the seventh inning. Saturday night was no different as the left-hander needed a total of 112 pitches in order to complete just five innings.

“I don’t think we can continue to have a walk per inning and a hit per inning and expect to have success,” Manuel said.

In the case of the Mets skipper, success may mean not having to go to his bullpen so early and often in games that Perez starts. However when listening to the enigmatic Mets pitcher speak about his recent performance the meaning of success harbors on his propensity to record important outs. “I was in trouble but I made important outs,” Perez said. “I know I have a lot of work to do.”

Even though Jerry Manuel has always followed up his criticism of Perez with a strong respect for the southpaw’s competitiveness, he cannot be pleased by what he has seen thus far from his newly-minted pitcher.

For further reading, check out my previous post Oliver Perez, Take Two.

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