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Diamondbacks 4, Mets 3: You're Doing It Wrong

It didn't have to happen this way. It might've happened anyway, but not like this. The only explanation for allowing Oliver Perez to pitch the 12th inning and, after narrowly escaping that fame, to start the 13th inning as well, and to bring in Fernando Nieve to finish things off, is that Jerry Manuel actually thought it gave the Mets the best chance of winning the game. That need be the only consideration on almost any night, particularly after losing five of six to begin the second half and trying to avoid being swept by the last-place Diamondbacks. It can be distilled to a very simple question:

Is using Oliver Perez and then Fernando Nieve here our best move? Would we be more likely to win by bringing in someone else?

Okay, two simple questions, but one strikingly simple point. What possible rationale could you have for using your very worst pitcher instead of arguably your best? On a night when your two closest rivals have already lost, in the middle of a road trip that could wind up burying your season, you have your best reliever just a phone call away and instead you raise a creaky left hand and signal for Oliver Perez. Oliver Perez! Whatever you're doing there, you're doing it wrong. You are a bad manager. You are Jerry Manuel.

Poem by Howard Megdal

Somewhere in another land
With cheering crowds and outcomes grand
The Mets avoid a D'Backs sweep
Us fans back east could get some sleep
And in this land of alternative fate
K-Rod is used before it's too late

SB Nation Coverage

* Traditional Recap
* Boxscore
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* AZ SnakePit Gamethread

Win Probability Added

Big winners: Raul Valdes, +45.0% WPA, Oliver Perez, +15.6% WPA
Big losers: Ike Davis, -23.1% WPA, Fernando Nieve, -20.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Reynolds LIDP in eighth, +21.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Snyder's merciful single in 14th, -28.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +63.4% WPA
Total batter WPA: -113.4% WPA
GWRBI!: Chris Snyder

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by isles732; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 isles732 121
2 TheKid08 120
3 Syler 111
4 Kepler 109
5 CTRefJay 101
6 MookieTheCat 94
7 FrancoTAU 89
8 Brian. 86
9 Mike Clemente 77
10 lstorie1971 77