Catching is not a problem for the Mets. The Rod Barajas-Henry Blanco tandem is proving so far to be among the best in the National League.
If the Mets want to know how to fix Oliver Perez, maybe they should reach out to the catcher with whom he's had the most success: Jason Kendall. (See the numbers here.)
In the 31 games Kendall has caught Perez, the Jekyll-and-Hyde lefthander has posted a 3.91 ERA while striking out 235 in 191 1/3 innings. His WHIP in those games is a respectable 1.22, which is a staggering improvement over the 1.85 he's posted since signing his $36-million, three-year contract before last season.
Also, with Kendall catching, Perez held hitters to a .216 average and .307 on-base percentage. This season, well, you don't want to know, but I'll tell you anyway -- in his six games he's allowed 38 percent of the hitters to reach base. Yikes.
So, Jason Kendall, what's your secret? The Mets would like to know.