Ollie, Murphy, Livan-y

Mets PoliceSenior Analyst IMarch 31, 2009

PORT ST LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Starting pitcher Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets follows through while pitching against the Florida Marlins during a spring training game at Tradition Field on February 26, 2009 in Port St Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Marlins 9-0.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

I thought I'd write about actual baseball, instead of the business of, for a change.

Since you all read the same things I do so I'll get right to it rather than act like I'm the newspaper.

1. Oliver Perez pitched well.

As I said last week, everyone remain calm. It's the spring. All pitchers have good outings and bad outings. Last week was panic time, now everyone will be singing this guy's praises.
I think we know what we have in Ollie. He's a guy that more often than not will give a good to very good outing, but we'll never really be able to trust him. In a Game 7 he's just as likely to give up five runs in five innings as he is to throw a shutout. Root for this guy but never trust.

2. Dan Murphy to bat second.

I think Murph represents everything that "fans like me" want. Scrappy, homegrown, came out of nowhere, unhyped and unheralded. Like that Dykstra kid that came out of nowhere once on Monday Night Baseball.
I hope he's real and plays with 5 and 7 for 10 years.
I'm a little concerned that they are throwing him in the deep end, but with any better option playing in LA, hey let's go for it.

3. Livan Hernandez is the fifth starter.

If you watched spring training at all this is a no brainer. He has been at worst the third best, and maybe the second best all spring. This might be this year's great pickup that continues the Legend of Omar Minaya. I suspect it will be.

Hernandez doesn't need to win, he just needs to eat innings so that we don't go to the bullpen in the fifth every five days.

4. Jerry closed the door on Pedro

I hope Pedro finds happiness in Oakland or Houston or the Long Island Ducks. Farewell Four Inning Pedro.

5. We all seem to think Pelfrey is good

It was just 11 months ago people were sick of him, then the light went on. I hope it stays on because there's nothing like a homegrown young stud pitcher. Does he have 15 wins in him?

6. The how many games will K-Rod save discussion?

I saw Metsblog polling the fans on how many saves K-Rod will get. For those of you picking 62 or more, if this guy sees north of 45 saves then Jerry isn't managing right.

7. Zeus is messing with me

I don't like Friday's forecast

8. The solution to the Iron Triangle (ugly car repair shops) will be....

Seems like most of New York discovered that it looks like Baja California over past 126th. That's not going to last long. I predict the solution will be the Islanders new arena. I'll flesh that out when I have more time. I also dig that 126th Street is an actual place and part of the lexicon after all these years.

9. Opening Night is still a night game.

This is still a mistake no matter how the Padres feel about it. I am adding the Padres to the list of teams I put hexes on.

10. Two new stadiums!

Did you ever think NYC would get not one but two new baseball stadiums? In the same year? If I had told you on 9-12-01 that in eight years we'd have two new parks you'd never have believed it. Amazin'

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