The Ollie P Dillema
May 10, 2010
We find ourselves in a familiar position. We have seen enough of Oliver Perez. After all, how many times can you endure the Ollie P experience before you want to slit your wrists? Frankly, I have reached the point where each time he walks the opposing pitcher that I can do nothing but chuckle. It is certainly a better option than emoting frustration, isn’t it? What more is there to say about him anyway? Oh yes, there is one thing…he is terrible!
The dilemma that we Met fans have to endure is quite simple. Who else is there to be our fifth starter? Jonathon Niese was supposed to hold that post to begin with, and there in lies the problem. Ollie was supposed to act as either the 3rd or 4th starter, and is being paid as if he is a 2nd starter. Now that Niese has been force fed into the 3rd starter role, the Mets would need an alternative to Perez to fill the five spot, rendering Ollie and his inflated contract to mop-up, long-relief chores.
However, unless the Mets push either Nieve or Takahashi into the fifth starter spot, they have no other alternative but to keep putting Perez back out there every fifth day. Unfortunately, those two guys are so conditioned to pitching virtually every day due to the lack of inning-eaters on the starting staff, that it would take a prolonged transition to stretch out their arms to perform adequately in that role. It is important to mention the fact that this would also create a large hole in the bullpen if either one was removed for this purpose. Fill a hole, and you inevitably create another one.
This is yet another glaring reminder of how the Mets made the mistake of not making John Lackey an offer during the off-season. I expect these reminders to continue to haunt us throughout the season as well. But hey, the Mets were serious about lowering payroll this year, and they accomplished their goal. That is our loss though, is it not? Here’s to more nauseating Ollie P starts. Thanks Mr. Wilpon!