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Last week, the Mets released some dead weight last week when they let Luis Castillo go. Today, they let go of all of that dead weight by releasing lefty Oliver Perez. It was a long time coming for the 29-year-old Perez. In four seasons with the Mets, Perez went 28-26 with an ERA over 4.50. A noticeable decline in Perez’s velocity relegated him to bullpen duties last season. Perez is in the final year of a three-year, $36 million deal with the Mets. Regardless if another team claims Perez, the Mets will still be on the hook for at least $11 million.

I’ve stated time and time again that the Mets couldn’t bring Perez north. The fan base would have gone wild with him on the roster. The vibe around Citi Field won’t be a great one this year and removing some of negative distractions will only help.

The majority of the Met clubhouse never liked Perez. It’s an all-around good riddance for the Mets.

Hi, my name is Joe Cohen and I’m going to be contributing baseball pieces, primarily about the Mets, to NYSOS. Luckily, my time here begins on a high note, following yesterday’s main bit of news from Mets camp:

Taking a step forward yesterday, the Mets cut Luis Castillo from their roster and ate the remaining $6 million left on his contract. While it’s not necessarily going to win them a division title or maybe even third place this upcoming year, it keeps the ball rolling in the right direction.

What gave Mets fans hope when new GM Sandy Alderson arrived was that he would right the ship in a no-nonsense manner. He certainly has the credentials, previously working as the CEO of the Padres (winning 2 division titles during his tenure) as well as for the commissioner’s office. If anyone would be implementing the no-BS culture in the clubhouse that was sorely lacking with Minaya and Manuel, wouldn’t it be a former Marine?

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The Mets were bamboozled in Atlanta tonight, 9-2. The road woes that have plagued the Mets all year have continued during this most recent road trip, as they’ve started it 0-2. They fall to 65-67 on the season.

AP Photo/John Bazemore

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Our Mets took two out of three against the Houston Astros this weekend, winning today’s game 5-1. R.A. Dickey was doing what he’s done all season; winning games and pitching well. The Mets win moves them back to the .500 mark, 65-65.

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Houston Astros 4-1 on Saturday night. The offense has looked like a minor league team for the majority of the second half. With the loss, the Mets fall a game under .500, and continue to struggle against teams with bad records.

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The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins 6-5 in walk-off fashion Tuesday night. Luis Castillo poked an opposite field single into right field to drive in Ike Davis as the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the victory, the Mets are one game over .500 for the season, and pull ahead of the Marlins in the standings.

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The New York Mets were destroyed by the Atlanta Braves in an 8-3 loss Wednesday night. The Braves take the series, as the Mets drop to 7.5 games in back of the NL East lead. Poor pitching and fielding prevented the Mets from taking a much needed series win against their division rivals, and now fall back to a .500 record.

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The New York Mets took a 13-2 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night in a game Mets fans would rather forget. The team has now lost four of the five games since the All-Star Break, while falling to 5.5 games in back of the Atlanta Braves.

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The New York Mets defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Friday night. Mike Pelfrey secured his 10th win of the season. After a Braves win, the Mets are still a half game behind first place in the NL East.

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The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 Wednesday night. Strong starting pitching and clutch hitting led the Mets to a much needed series win against their division rival.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

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