Sunday, March 20, 2011

After The Release of Castillo, Ollie P May Be On His Last Breath

Oliver Perez, LHP (2002-2010) 9 MLB seasons, all in the National League. Nicknamed “Big-Game Ollie” by Mets enthusiasts, Perez split his time in the big leagues with the Padres, Pirates, and most notably, with the Mets.

After signing a three-year, $36 million contract, prior to the 2009 season, Perez has been more noticeable off the field than on it. Highlighting the two seasons following that deal, the left-hander managed to pitch in 31 major league games. In that short span, Perez produced a 3-9 W-L record and a 6.82 earned run average. He also surrendered a total of 85 runs and 123 hits in just 112 and a third innings pitched.

Regarded as a major bust by MLB standards, Perez’ strike-out-to-walk-ratio for those lean years sits at one-for-one. Looking at it another way, Perez averaged 7.8 Ks per nine innings to go along with 8.0 walks per nine on average for 2009 and 2010.

Not to cry over spilled milk, Perez did manage to win double-digit games in 2004, ‘07, and ‘08 for Pittsburgh and New York. In 2004 as a Pirate, Perez won 12 games striking out a career-high 239 batters in just under 200 IP. His 2.98 ERA that year and 2 complete games were career highs as well.

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