"Maine likely, Oliver not likely." Words uttered by Mets GM Omar Minaya when asked about the possibility of John Maine and Oliver Perez returning this week.
Maine pitched well yesterday, throwing four innings surrendering one run on two hits with three walks and a strikeout. He threw 60 pitches and got the win for St. Lucie.
O.P. on the other hand, had his head handed to him. Perez allowed six runs on seven hits in three innings. Although only two of the runs were earned, the Mets need more out of Perez, who started the second game of the doubleheader at St. Lucie. It's not like he's facing Albert Pujols.
I was all for re-signing Perez, but after seeing him deteriorate since 2007, I might have been a bit delusional. There are still two more years remaining on Perez's contract after this year, so hopefully he will be able to get himself in shape, and provide meaningful contributions to this team.
Source: Tim Britton - MLB.com