Mets Starting Pitching Has No One Else to Blame

August 24, 2009

Occasionally, in my day-to-day conversations with co-workers and friends, the topic of the New York Mets comes up. After agreeing that the team stinks and that they will not be making the post-season this year, I usually defend their performance by pointing out the enormous amount of injuries they’ve had to deal with. Nonetheless, after tuning into yesterday’s 9-7 loss to the defending World Series-champion Philadelphia Phillies, I have come to realize that injuries or not, the Mets lack good starting pitching.

Looking at their last four games, including Sunday’s outing by left-hander Oliver Perez and Wednesday’s embarrassing performance by righty Bobby Parnell, reinforces that notion. For Parnell, you can make the case that his ineffectiveness is because he started the 2009 campaign in the bullpen. He most likely wouldn’t have been given a chance to start for the Mets if lefty Jon Niese and right-hander Fernando Nieve weren’t on the disabled list. For Perez, who has been hindered by soreness in his right knee, the reasons for his disappointing pitching numbers are not so easy to assess.

In Perez’ fourteen starts thus far this year he has yet to pitch into the seventh inning. On Sunday, the Mets left-hander was yanked by manager Jerry Manuel after giving up six runs in just two-thirds of an inning pitched. With right-hander John Maine’s return to the starting rotation uncertain and the recent release of veteran Livan Hernandez, GM Omar Minaya will have his hands full heading into the 2010 season.

One Response to “Mets Starting Pitching Has No One Else to Blame”

  1. tatsy74 Says:

    The only ones left to blame at this point are the team owners. Why they chose to blow all this money on someone like Ollie, who’s bipolarism we celebrate every time he’s on the mound (will we get ‘Good’ Ollie or ‘Bad’ Ollie today?) is beyond my grasp of comprehension. No other team wanted him, esp. not for the money he was asking for—shouldn’t that give you a clue?? At least if we’d had someone like Nieve or Figueroa or any of those guys, you could blame their newness/lack of experience in the majors, etc. and not feel like you were getting mugged every time they performed. With Ollie, the feeling is akin to highway robbery. I feel like i was the only person last winter who remembered just how many games he blew last year—why are we resigning this guy AND keeping him for 4 more years at such a high cost? I wish the game’s cameraman had followed him as he RAN off the field during yesterday’s early exit (did he skip over the bad-luck white baseline, does he bother with that anymore? does anyone know?) Ugh.

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