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Ollie throws four hitless frames in spring victory

Mar 14, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

perez headshot.JPGMets left-hander Oliver Perez heaved four innings of hitless baseball during Sunday’s 9-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Tigers.  He desperately needed a strong outing after allowing seven hits and five runs in his spring debut, and manager Jerry Manuel acknowledged to the New York Post afterward that Perez is beginning to look a bit more locked-in.

“I see a better focus with Ollie,” Manuel said. “I see between starts
there is an effort, a conscious effort, what we’re seeing now with Ollie
is that Ollie has had some revelations of his own mechanics, and that’s
very important.”

Perez, 28, posted an ugly 6.82 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in 14 starts last season for the Mets while battling a knee injury.  He’s been clocked in the 90-91 MPH range this spring.

  1. OsandRoyals - Mar 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Good to see that Oliver can at least shut down triple-A players (Guillen and Ordonez were the only regulars batting). That’s a start. And he only walked two while striking out…wait for it…wait for it… a big fat ZERO. Inspires lots of confidence eh?
    Oh somebody should show Craig for the next time he has to keep score for another writer

  2. Lawrence From Plattekill - Mar 14, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Perez is left-handed. He’s the next Sandy Koufax, remember?

  3. Purnell - Mar 14, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Hope people don’t judge you as harshly as you judge Perez.

  4. OsandRoyals - Mar 14, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Yeah it came off much harsher than I thought it would. He should defintely be better than last year, but this post is much more optimistic than I would be.
    And to Lawrence: Nuff said. The kid gloves come off when ST ends and Perez leads the mets to the World Series. Where they lose to…oh let’s say the Royals behind Greinke, Meche and Davies. Met’s win one game via Franceur’s ninth-inning home run

  5. Dumbass - Mar 14, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    If you don’t know wheather a pitcher is right-handed or left-handed you should not be allowed to report on a player. This is the most basic thing a stupid reporter like yourself should research before writing. Do your homework first or choose to write on other things, this is why the press gets a bad rap because of idiots that have no business writing on things they don’t know. You dumbass. Perez is a left-handed pitcher. For all the haters out there you will be kissing his ass when he has an outstanding season in 2010.

  6. peteinfla - Mar 14, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Your calling Drew a dumbass? Maybe you should learn how to spell (wheather), and proper grammar before you are allowed to post a response! It’s idiots like you that give the rest of US a bad name. So the guy made a simple mistake, what’s the big deal? Your vicious and ignorant response is completely unwarranted.
    Furthemore, the chance of Perez having an “outstanding season in 2010” is based on what exactly? The guy hasn’t even has an average season in years! Crawl back under whatever rock you came out from under jackass!

  7. YX - Mar 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    To be fair he called himself a dumbass also.

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