Our friend, Adam Rubin, reports that Oliver Perez is starting Sunday, with Manuel saying he seems to thrive in big games.
(Sunday's game is a 1:10 P.M., nationally televised TBS game. Also, CW11 in New York. Perez also has pitched well against the Yankees.)
That doesn’t mean the Mets are wed to him long term in the rotation. There was clubhouse talk that Claudio Vargas could eventually return from New Orleans, assuming he clears waivers, and supplant Perez in the rotation if the southpaw continues to falter.
(The Mets will look foolish if Vargas is claimed off waivers, becoming a former Met. Vargas pitched well as a starter, and was not the problem on this team. They aren't deep enough in pitching, to potentially lose Vargas.)