The NLDS was the Wild Card series. Perez (has not pitched this postseason; 3-11, 6.55 ERA regular season) is the wild-card pitcher -- more likely to walk the ballpark than perform at the level he attained in 2004, when he won 12 of 22 decisions and produced a 2.99 ERA in 30 starts and 196 innings. But you never know. The Mets cling to the five-hit, one-walk shutout Perez pitched against the Braves on Sept. 6. And for those believe in omens, there is thisL Perez will be pitching Game 4. The Mets’record in Games 4 in postseason play is 7-4. And one of the seven, Game 4 victories came in the 2000 NLDS. Bobby Jones, a far more accomplished pitcher than Perez, pitched arguably the greatest game in Mets history, a one-hit shutout of the Giants. So who can say?
The Cardinals elected to go with Reyes (Has not pitched this postseason; 5-8, 5.06 ERA regular season) for the Game 4 start over Jason Marquis, who was left off of the NLCS roster. Reyes, who will be making his postseason debut, lasted just 2/3 of an inning in his final start of the regular season when he allowed four earned runs on five hits -- including two home runs -- against the Brewers on Oct. 1. The rookie right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four September starts, allowing two earned runs or less in three of the starts and striking out 26 over 20 innings. He has never faced the Mets.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Posted by Kyle at 12:27 AM