Mar 14, 2010, 10:33 AM EST
Mets 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
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.
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