Archive for May 14th, 2007

Monday, May 14th, 2007

The Future Is Now

Mets Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)On April 13th, we mentioned that centerfielder Carlos Gomez was off to a scorching start for AAA-New Orleans. Still, with Lastings Milledge and Ben Johnson seemingly ahead of the 21-year-old Gomez on the minor league totem pole, we didn’t count on seeing Gomez until September. However, with Milledge and Johnson both missing significant time due to injury, the window of opportunity opened for Gomez.

An increasingly banged up Moises Alou is likely headed to the DL, thus with a need for an extra outfielder and the demotion of Mike Pelfrey, Gomez got the unexpected call. Let’s just say he made the most of it. The Dominican speedster (sound familiar?) smacked a double in his first at-bat on Sunday, finishing 2-for-4, scoring twice, stealing a bag, and making a diving catch in right field.

And yes, for the curious, Gomez was inducted to the bald brigade prior to the game, getting his head shaved courtesy of Carlos Beltran and Jorge Sosa. Welcome to the big leagues, kid….

Jolly Ollie

Mets Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Yesterday, Mets pitcher Oliver Perez once again showed that when he’s on his game, he’s as good as any pitcher in the Nation League and the closest thing this staff has to a true ace.

Perez carried a 1-hit shutout into the 9th inning before allowing a solo homer that spoiled the shutout bid and prompted manager Willie Randolph to go to his bullpen. Of course, Perez’s 2-hit, 8.1 inning performance on Sunday follows an outing in San Francisco wherein the pitchers surrendered 8 runs (though only 2 earned runs) through 4.2 innings.

As usual, it seems that Perez is either awful or unhittable. Until the 25-year-old lefty is able to string some wins together, he’ll continue to be nothing more than a .500 pitcher for this team. With two spots in the rotation already in flux, the Mets would prefer he be quite a bit more than that.

Oliver Brews up a near gem

New York Daily News


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0-for-’07, Pelf Sent Down

Mets Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)If you don’t think the NL East division race is going to be tight this season, you probably haven’t been paying attention. This, in part, most likely contributed to the Mets’ decision that they had shown enough patience with young Mike Pelfrey. Moreover, it has done the pitcher little good to stay in the majors only to further inflate his 6.53 ERA and 0-5 record.

At times Pelfrey seemed to be his own worst enemy out on the mound, while at other times he has been victimized by poor defense and little run support. After Saturday’s latest defeat, catcher Paul Lo Duca expressed frustration on behalf of his battery mate, whom Lo Duca said was not throwing the ball as badly as the results would indicate.

Regardless, it was time for the kid to go down and get some wins under his belt and some confidence in his step, and time for the Mets to cease conceding a game every 5th day. For the time being, Pelfrey’s demotion …

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