The Mets won't demote or cut Oliver Perez

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It’s one thing to make a mistake with a big contract. Just about every GM — including some good ones — have done that.  It’s another thing altogether to compound the mistake by never admitting you made it in the first place and carrying on as if everything is hunky dory. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the New York Mets:

Two sources said Monday that the team had totally given up attempting to
convince Perez to accept a minor league assignment. “That’s done,” one
source said. “He’s not going to agree to go down” . . .

. . . For months, the team offered a flat “no” to the possibility that it
would cut Perez and swallow the remainder of a three-year, $36 million
contract awarded him before the 2009 season. Monday, sources said that
stance had not changed.

So basically Perez will only pitch in lost causes, if he even sees action then.  Which means that the Mets have effectively decided to play the remainder of the season with one less roster spot than the Phillies and the Braves.  All because Omar Minaya (or whoever is making the call) won’t admit a mistake in signing Pereze and DFA him as God and Nature intended.

Mets fans: this is why you can’t have nice things.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.