Ollie Perez is out for the season in deference to right knee surgery. One would like to believe it was patellar tendinosis that caused Ollie to be so godawful almost every start this year, and that when they address his tendon issues, he'll be on the road to reverting to the Ollie who was unhittable often in 2007 and occasionally in 2008. They may want to install a strike zone detector somewhere deep within his being while they're poking around.
The Mets' next five starts are scheduled to be taken by Kevin Kobel, Ray Burris, Juan Berenguer, Dock Ellis and Tom Hausman…sorry, those are the five pitchers who started five consecutive games for the Mets in September 1979, and to be fair, there was a doubleheader mixed in there. Otherwise we might have seen Craig Swan or Pete Falcone.
Either of whom would be at least a No. 2 in the current rotation.
The Mets' next five starts in real life are scheduled to be taken by Mike Pelfrey, Tim Redding, Pat Misch, Bobby Parnell and Nelson Figueroa, though Jerry Manuel told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts that if he has to use Misch in relief to win a game tonight or tomorrow (because using Pat Misch is such an ironclad guarantee of success), he'll go with Lance Broadway on Friday.
Stephanie asked me if Lance Broadway was actually somebody's porn name.