Ollie Just Doesn't Get it!

Metszilla.comCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 10:  Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets looks on in the dugout after being pulled in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals during their game on April 10, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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In Dan Martin’s column for the New York Post (click here for story) he quotes Oliver Perez as having said he does not expect for things to continue to go as badly as they have thus far this season:

Oliver Perez said he feels fine physically and also insists he doesn’t expect to be this bad the rest of the season.”

Well that’s a fine thing to say but it certainly doesn’t sound like that grand a statement for Perez to make.  I mean how much worse could things get for this guy?  Since joining the team’s bullpen on July 21st Perez has now pitched 4 1/3 innings while allowing 7 hits, 3 walks, and 5 ER (10.38 ERA).  If he hasn’t hit the rock bottom I’d hate to see what lay ahead for a guy with an ERA quickly approaching 7!

What’s even more frustrating is that Ollie flat out knows he needs to work on things (as if there were any way not to) in order to be an effective pitcher again.   That’s right, New York’s most hated pitcher (unless you’re a Yankee fan who loves ragging on their Met fan friends) has actually gotten past the point of denial, saying:

I’m trying to get better, but it’s hard when you don’t have the velocity you used to have. Right now, I’m trying to become a pitcher instead of just using my power. That’s difficult to do.”

Photo by Michael Baron

Wow, he realizes how bad he is, he’s stopped staring into the sun and can see again.  Next step HAS to be to accept a minor league assignment and put in the work to get better, which he admittedly needs to do.  Right?  Nooooooo, like a bad T.V. offer, there’s more! ...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AND OTHERS LIKE IT HEAD TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: