The inevitable has happened: Oliver Perez has been released

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We’ve seen this coming all spring and, actually, I’m kind of surprised it took this long.  Oliver Perez has been released.

His last outing as a Met came on Saturday against the Nationals, and it was pretty much standard-issue Oliver Perez: back-to-back home runs to a couple of anonymous hitters, a two-out walk to a lefty — when getting lefties out was his only hope of survival on the Mets — and then a single before getting the hook.

Oliver Perez may or may not catch on with another team — it’s hard to kill a lefty — but no matter what he does, he’ll make $12 million this year, so let us not weep for him.  At the same time, let us at least warmly acknowledge the Mets’ new willingness in the Sandy Alderson era to recognize a sunk cost and the value of a roster spot.

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.