Oliver Perez, whom the Muts re-signed for $36 million just before training camp, is on the verge of being sent to the minors thanks to his ERA of nearly 10.00. He got hit by the Phillies yesterday, which is not a good sign for the Muts. Previously, Perez had enjoyed great success against the Phillies, but he got lit up yesterday.
The Muts also spent a king's ransom on signing J. J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez to bolster their bullpen, but they haven't performed well, and K-Rod is hurt. Putz has been inconsistent. Last night, reliever Sean Green had a world-class meltdown on the mound in the 10th inning. After retiring the first batter, he gave up an infield single, hit a batter, got a second out, and then walked two in a row, including the winning run. Gotta love that bullpen. All that money spent, and it's still their Achilles' heel.
The Muts are currently under .500. Let's hope that they finish the season that way, once more proving that just because you spend a fortune doesn't guarantee a winning team.