Tagged: Oliver Perez

Where’s Ollie? Here he is…

Thank you to everyone who humoured the child in me by playing Where’s Ollie?

As promised, here is where Ollie was hiding, just in case your eagle eyes could not spot him.

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Here’s a closer look, just in case you still can’t see him…

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Yup, he’s on the little shuttle. You would probably have spotted him quicker if you saw the picture from another angle.

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Okay, okay. He’s actually in the bullpen for now. But one more Aaron Heilman-like collapse and he’ll be back in the minors quicker than you can say ‘headcase’.

Watch this space.

Where’s Ollie, Ollie watchers?

OLIVER Perez is a riddle locked in a conundrum; a puzzle wrapped around a quandary; an enigma of what ifs and maybes.

After another disappointing outing this weekend, nobody knows what the future holds for him.

There are three main options available to the Mets:

  1. They could continue to keep him in the rotation and on the active roster in the hope that he finds the ‘good Ollie’.
  2. He could get sent to AAA in an attempt to work through some of his problems and regain his confidence.
  3. They could move him into the bullpen in a long-relief role.
  4. Or they may put him on the DL with a knee injury.

Ollie is 1-2 in his five starts for the Mets this season with an ERA of 9.97 and a WHIP of 2.26. He’s been awful.

He has only pitched into the fifth inning on one occasion and he was knocked out of his last outing against the Phillies after just 2.1 innings having given up five hits and six walks.

It is this lack of control which has killed Ollie this year. When he’s good, he’s very good. When he’s bad, he’s Bartolo Colon.

Ollie is the perfect example of a pitcher with split personalities. Here’s two different seasons:

            
 Yr Inn  W  L  ERA
 WHIP 
H%  S%  BB  K
  ’06 113  3  13  6.55  1.75 34  65  68  102
  ’07 177  15  10  3.56  1.31 29  77  79  174


There are two key things to note about these back-to-back seasons. In 2006 when he spent time in Pittsburgh and New York, his control was shot.

He was walking 5.4 batters per nine innings and giving up 10.4 hits per nine. Worryingly, his K:BB ratio was only 1.50.

Yes, he was slightly unlucky with the amount of batted balls which fell for hits, but make no mistake – he was lousy and deserved everything he got.

2007 was apparently when Ollie decided he wanted to show up to pitch.

He was walking fewer batters, giving up fewer hits, striking more men out and keeping the ball in the park. Despite a big climb in the number of innings he pitched, Ollie was very good.

Everything stems from his control. If it’s not there,you can forget about a quality start.

That’s why 2009 is worrying. He has more walks than strikeouts, and as many walks as innings pitched. 50 of the 115 batters he has faced has reached base and 24 of these have scored.

I don’t know how bad his knee is, but I would be more concerned about his mental state.

Whatever the problem is, physical or psychological, you have to show him some pine. With a team whose rotation is already on the ropes, you can’t afford a 50-50 gamble with a headcase every fifth day.

We love you Ollie, but you’re no good to us like this.

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The New York Mets are trying to find Wally Ollie. Now, here’s your chance.

Fans, fantasy owners and the Mets top brass have been wondering which real Oliver Perez would take to the mound.

After another beatdown on Saturday, Ollie’s future with the Mets is in doubt, just months after signing a lucrative $36m deal.

While Jerry Manuel works out what to do with Ollie, click on the picture below to find out where’s he hiding.

At the minute, it seems he’ll show up anywhere except on the mound. I’ll post the answer on Wednesday for those of you who can’t find him.

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Mets win at Citi Field on 4-run bunt

IT was an ugly 7th inning, but sweet revenge for a disappointing Opening Night loss.

After an evening where nothing meant everything, the Mets produced everything out of nothing to record their first ever win at Citi Field.

The New York Mets put up a four spot on the strength of a bunt single, back-to-back four-pitch walks, a stolen base, sac fly, intentional walk, error and two wild pitches to beat the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Wednesday.

Oliver Perez allowed one run on three hits and two walks over six innings; Carlos Delgado hit a hanging slider into the Pepsi Porch for his second home run of the year and Gary Sheffield made his first start of the season as the Mets improved to 4-4 on the season and 1-1 at Citi Field.

Perez, who was 10-7 with a 4.22 ERA in the 2008 season, got his first win of the 2009 campaign and the Mets bullpen pitched three innings of shutout ball as clubs around the league honoured Jackie Robinson day.

Perez threw all three of his pitches for strikes, including a slider with a nasty sinking action, and he settled into the rhythm of the game quickly after getting roughed up by the Cincinatti Reds the last time out.

 

Lead

After stranding Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran in the 2nd inning after they had reached base with no outs, the Mets got on the board in the 4th.

Daniel Murphy singled to centre field, David Wright singled to right and Carlos Delgado walked. Carlos Beltran singled to right to put the Mets on the board and Gary Sheffield produced a run despite grounding into a routine 6-4-3 double play.

Gary Sheffield, in his first start for the Mets, also struck out with two men on base and drew a four-pitch walk.

It was this walk which put the wheels in motion for a crooked Padres inning and marked the start of a problematic period for Padres’ reliever Gregerson who threw ten straight balls in the bottom of the 7th inning after going 1-2-3 in the home half of the 6th.

Edward Mujica came in to face Luis Castillo on a 2-0 count with Sheffield on second and Schneider on first, but Castillo dropped down a perfect bunt single down the third base line.

Kouzmanoff stuttered, staggered and inexplicably headed backwards towards the bag, forcing Mujica – who got the win in the opening game at Citi Field on one pitch – to try and field the ball.

He over-ran it to load the bases for Ryan Church and he then threw the ball away on a wild pitch to score Sheffield to make it 3-1.

Church struck out on an inside slider and Mujica intentionally walked Jose Reyes to get to Daniel Murphy who lofted a deep fly ball to right field to score Schneider on the sac fly.

Reyes took off on the next pitch as Mujica threw his second wild pitch of the inning. Castillo darted home from third base to beat Hundley’s throw to Mujica who had moved 60ft forward to try and block the plate and Reyes followed him home when he saw the ball squirm away.

Adrian Gonzalez made a last-ditch attempt to get Reyes at home as e knew the ball from his knees at the backstop, but the head-first slide easily beat the play to extend the lead to 6-1.

Delgado connected with a solo shot on a hanging slider in the 8th to make it 7-1 after JJ Putz had threw a zero on the board and Adrian Gonzalez hit his 100th home run in the top of the 9th inning against Sean Green.

Mets edge pitching duel over Orioles 2-1

WITH just six days to go until Opening Day, the New York Mets fine-tuned their preparations with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Oliver Perez gave up just one run on 93 pitches and Fernando Tatis won the game for the Mets in the bottom of the 8th inning in a game dominated by the starting pitchers.

The Mets approached Monday night’s exhibition game against the Orioles as if it was a regular season matchup, with Jose Reyes leading off the game for Jerry Manuel’s side, Daniel Murphy batting in the two hole and Luis Castillo batting eighth as he will when the season starts in ernest on April 6.

Perez threw well in six-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball, JJ Putz recorded four outs and hard-throwing Bobby Parnell came in to close the game with a 6-4-3 double play.

With the game tied at 1-1, Fernando Tatis led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a triple to centre field.

Ryan freel, who had just moved from left field to centre, played the ball off the wall but rainbowed his throw into the infield, prompting Tatis to leg out a three-bagger. 

Shortstop Chris Gomez then made a bad throw trying to get the out at third, one-hopping the ball towards Melvin Mora and off of Tatis’ leg, allowing him to score. Gomez was officially charged with the error, although it could easily have been Freel’s.

Good news for the Mets was that Perez’s fastball touched 91mph – something it failed to do in his previous start on his return from the World Baseball Classic – and he came out throwing strikes and locating his pitches.

After performing below par against the Tigers on Wednesday, Perez looked sharper than in his last start, despite never reaching the 93- or 94mph on the gun the pitching coaches were accustomed to in 2008.

He gave up four hits and one walk and struck out three batters through 6.2 innings of work and he got 9 of his 20 outs on groundballs, although four of these were the first four batters he faced.

Home runs

Adam Jones gave the Os the lead on a 2-out, 3-2 home run to straightaway centre field on a high 80s knee-high fastball in the 3rd inning.

Luke Scott almost doubled the Os lead in the 4th inning, but the leftie pulled Perez’s hanging slider narrowly foul down the first base line.

But the Mets tied the game in the bottom of the frame on Daniel Murphy’s first home run of the spring – a solo shot off of Alfredo Simon.

This was all of the scoring until the 8th inning when Tatis – who came into the game an inning earlier as part of a double switch – lit up the basepaths after going down and away to rip a fastball to the wall.

Elsewhere for the Mets, David Wright went 1/3 with a single, a walk and his first stolen base of the year and Jose Reyes went 0-4. Reyes will likely bat leadoff for most of the year and had 15 RBI from 38 at bats this year prior to today’s game.

Murphy also hit the ball hard with a home run, double off the centre-field wall and deep fly out to the warning track among his 2/4 day.

Next up

The Mets will now travel to play the Marlins tomorrow and the Cardinals on Wednesday before hosting their final 2009 Spring Training game in Port St Lucie against the Os on Thursday lunchtime.

From the east coast of Florida, the Amazings will then play back-to-back exhibition games at Citi Field against the Red Sox, before taking to the road to open their campaign in Cincinatti.