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Castillo & Perez Heading in Opposite Directions

By Mike Silva ~ February 27th, 2011. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Mets.

They always say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Although Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo have been with the Mets a combined eight years, a new general manager and field manager gave them one last opportunity for a first impression. Although I figured both to be dumped before the end of spring, Castillo appears to be the more serious of the two about making the opening day roster.

In the opening game against the Braves, Castillo went 1-2 at the plate and looked decent in the field. Terry Collins talked about how he was in shape, looked great, and how anxious he was to see more of him. For as much hate the fans have for Castillo, he had a decent 2009 with the bat, and wasn’t terrible in the field last season. Second base is a critical defensive position, and unless Brad Emaus, Dan Murphy, or Justin Turner “light it up” on the offensive end I think Castillo has an outside shot. Sandy Alderson told WFAN’s Evan Roberts that Emaus will either make the team as a starter or not at all. The more you analyze the second base competition, the more it appears Castillo has a legitimate chance. Remember, he fits the Alderson mode of high OBP with his patient approach at the plate. The fact he is owed six million dollars plays into this as well.

Oliver Perez is a different story. Earlier today against those very same Braves he again showed why Rick Peterson should be given a commission on his contract since the 2007-2008 Perez was nowhere to be found. He pitched two innings, allowed four runs, walked three, and struck out three. After a scoreless first inning of work he allowed things to spiral out of control during the next frame. Perez continues to show an inability to pitch through trouble, or give any indication he is headed in the right direction. His mid eighties velocity just won’t cut it at the big league level. He is just as messed up, maybe even worse, than his final days in Pittsburgh.

If I were a betting man I wouldn’t discount Luis Castillo. As for Oliver Perez, yes its only two spring training innings, but to quote Yogi Berra “it’s getting late early.” Dan Warthen has gone on record saying he’s got until March 10th to prove he can start. Today’s performance doesn’t give you any indication things will change before then.

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1 Response to Castillo & Perez Heading in Opposite Directions

  1. R U Kidding

    Good chance they’re both on the Opening Day roster,18 million will do that plus little competition. Castillo will be the starting 2B and Perez will be the LOOGY. If they don’t perform they’ll be gone in May.

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