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.
The Yankees and Astros are set for Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, and neither team will hold back as they seek a World Series berth. The Astros are prepared to back starter Charlie Morton with any able-bodied pitcher in their ranks — including Justin Verlander, though A.J. Hinch said it would be a “dream scenario” to get anything more from his ace — while the Yankees are prepared to utilize all but a few of their arms. One pitcher you won’t see? Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who last took the hill for the Yankees during their Game 5 shutout on Wednesday.
Tanaka expended 103 pitches over seven scoreless innings in his last start, fending off the Astros with three hits, a walk and eight strikeouts. He hasn’t pitched on fewer than three days of rest all year, and even with a do-or-die scenario facing the Yankees on Saturday night, manager Joe Girardi doesn’t want to compromise his starter’s ability to stay rested and ready for the World Series.
Girardi will also play it safe with fellow right-hander Sonny Gray, who dominated in a five-inning performance in Game 4. All other pitchers should be available and ready to go, though the club is hoping for a lengthy outing from veteran starter CC Sabathia. Sabathia is no stranger to the postseason: over eight separate playoff runs, he touts one championship title and a collective 4.24 ERA in 123 innings. He held the Astros scoreless in his Game 3 start, blanking them over six innings on three hits, four walks and five strikeouts for an eventual 8-1 win.
Even without Tanaka or Gray likely to take the mound for Game 7, the Yankees will enter the series finale with history on their side. Per MLB.com, they have a 4-3 road record in Game 7s and are 6-7 in all 13 Game 7 finales to date. The Astros, on the other hand, dropped their first and only Game 7 clincher back in 2004, when the Cardinals capped the NLCS with a 5-2 win in St. Louis. The teams are scheduled to face off for the first-ever Game 7 at Minute Maid Park on Saturday at 8:00 PM ET.