What a let down for my first day at Mets spring training this year. Oliver Perez gets rocked for 7 runs including giving up 3 home runs. Even Johan Santana had a rough day against the Triple-A Cardinals team. It was tough all the way around. Alex Cora got hit by a pitch in the hip and came out of the game too.
It’s really beyond anyone’s capability to comprehend what’s going on with Perez. There’s no consistency from game to game. And I’m a firm believer that there never will be. He may be able to put a few good starts together but not enough to warrant anyone’s expectations that he can do so with any regularity.
The only good news of the day was that Jose Reyes played in the minor league game and went 1 for 5. He didn’t go crazy on the bases, but did get out and do some running. It sounds like Reyes is still holding out hope to play on opening day. Even if he doesn’t make it into the lineup next week, he’s not far away from being ready to play.
Here are my photos from my first day here at Digital Domain Park: