October 19, 2006


Five keys to Game 7 (John Donovan, October 19, 2006, Sports Illustrated)

Mets manager Willie Randolph won't leave Perez in long enough to get into too much trouble, not with a ready bullpen that has been one of the best in baseball.

Submariner Chad Bradford, lefty Pedro Feliciano, steady Aaron Heilman and hard-thrower Roberto Hernandez have combined for 11 innings in the first six games of the NLCS and given up just one earned run. If Perez is pulled early, look for Darren Oliver in that mix, too. Closer Billy Wagner has not been good this series, but Randolph won't back off if he needs him.

Willie Randolph seems to see Oliver Perez as just a way to get to Darren Oliver, so why not just start the latter instead of the former?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 19, 2006 4:15 PM

He figures they're both about the same in quality and knows neither one can last, so it's really a toss-up.

Now, if Soups can just hit another dinger....

Posted by: Pepys at October 19, 2006 7:36 PM

Let's go Red Birds!

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 19, 2006 8:05 PM
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