I did this after Perez's prior (and terrible) start, so it's only fair I do it again after a solid outing.
- Perez looked good tonight. Not fantastic, but good, and the results were terrific. I'd be giddy if I thought he could keep it up, but fool me 37 times shame on you, fool me 38 times shame on me.
- Perez, an extreme flyball pitcher, dominated on a night where Daniel Murphy and Gary Sheffield sandwiched a forlorn Carlos Beltran.
- Speaking of Murphy, the novice outfielder made a couple of thoughtless throws in this game, one to third when it should have gone to short and another to short where it should have gone to third. They were mistakes of inexperience, not of ineptitude, so there's no reason to think he can't dig himself out of his defensive rut.
- Is it too early to call up Josh Thole? Schneider will get better, but he's endlessly frustrating to watch right now because it's reached the point where we're hoping he strikes out to save the Mets from another GIDP.
- J.J Putz has been terrific despite notching just one strikeout in five innings.
Swag contest results can be found here and the next game's swag form already available. You can read more about the swag contest here. Last night, DevonEdwards scored an 88, missing a perfect 100 by just two gamescore points. As a reminder, anyone scoring a perfect 100 automatically wins some swag, which is usually going to be a Mets DVD box set of some sort. So even if you're far behind in the monthly standings, keep on playing every day because you never know.
Big winners: Oliver Perez, +25.9% WPA, Carlos Beltran, +12.5% WPA
Big losers: Brian Schneider, -7.8% WPA, Gary Sheffield, -7.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Wright single in fourth, +10.4% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Hairston RBI single in fifth, -9.8% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +37.2% WPA
Total batter WPA: +12.8% WPA
GWRBI!: Nobody (wild pitch)
Nice job by zmanmetfan; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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