By Mike Steffanos
Mets 3 - Braves 0
Greetings from the new house. DSL has been iffy for most of the day, and probably won't be any better tomorrow. I figured I'd better sneak this one in pretty quick while AT&T allows me the opportunity.
Oliver Perez has established himself as somewhat of a Braves killer with his third win in three tries against Atlanta -- which also happen to be the only 3 wins for the Mets in 8 games against the Braves. Perhaps he will share his recipe for success with some of the other starters.
After 9 starts, with an ERA just over 2.5 and a WHIP just barely over 1, I think Perez has legitimized himself as the de facto ace of the New York Mets. While some in the media remain skeptical of Oliver's long-term success, I'm not seeing quite as many predictions of an impending implosion this season. For what it's worth, I'd be surprised if Ollie stayed healthy and didn't continue to be an above average major league starter. With respect to Tom Verducci, I think Perez' adjusted mechanics suit him well. There have been plenty of very good starting pitchers over the years that don't look graceful in following through. Bob Gibson comes to mind from my early years watching the sport.
Well, this is all of the time Lisa will allow me from unpacking this afternoon, and God knows how much longer the DSL will hold up tonight. I've been told to expect several hours of downtime tomorrow. If I'm slow to respond to your comments and/or emails, that's why.
|Oliver Perez (6-3)|
|TOTAL (9 Games)||56.2||24||16||42||53||18||6||2.54||1.06||6-3|