“Oliver Perez”:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6945 is one of the biggest questions surrounding the Mets this year. Everybody talks about 2004, when he was 12-10 with Pittsburgh with 239 strikeouts in 196 innings. That’s domination, but since then he’s been hit or miss.
Mostly miss with a 30-43 career record.
Roberto Hernandez, who came over with Perez last year, said the Pirates tried to make him a finesse pitcher instead of just going after hitters. The book on Perez is he gets in trouble when nibbles and falls behind in the count.
Perez has pitched well since his first start when Detroit shelled him for four runs on five hits in two innings. But, in his last four starts he has given up only three runs on 11 hits in 18 innings.
Yeah, I know it’s only spring training, but Perez’s spring has been encouraging.