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:
- They could continue to keep him in the rotation and on the active roster in the hope that he finds the ‘good Ollie’.
- He could get sent to AAA in an attempt to work through some of his problems and regain his confidence.
- They could move him into the bullpen in a long-relief role.
- 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:
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.
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.