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Oliver Perez (yes, that Oliver Perez) pitching well for Seattle

Aug 8, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Mets fans aren’t going to like this very much, but after years of being a horrible pitcher and one season of not even playing in the majors Oliver Perez is thriving as reliever for the Mariners.

Perez, who despite seemingly being around forever is still just 30 years old, tossed two scoreless innings last night against the Orioles to give him a 2.08 ERA and 18/5 K/BB ratio in 17 innings for the Mariners.

Perez had a 6.81 ERA and more walks (100) than strikeouts (99) in 112 innings during his final two seasons with the Mets and what makes his success with the Mariners even more remarkable is that he didn’t even pitch particularly well at Triple-A before being called up.

  1. number42is1 - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    This should not be a surprise by any means. he was not a terrible pitcher just more of a head case (see Burnett, AJ). A change of Venue is all he needed.

    • baseballisboring - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      …he was not a terrible pitcher?

      I beg to differ. He started off pretty strong, but he was always wild and had a herky jerky delivery. Then he lost a little off his fastball and couldn’t get away with mistakes anymore, which led to nibbling, and even more walks. It’s really pretty shocking that he even managed to work his way back as a LOOGY, but good for him. Stories like this are always fun.

      • number42is1 - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        He always pitched well in tough spots. against the Yanks he dominated and when he absolutely had to he pitched well.

      • baseballisboring - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        I’d say that’s incidental…you should probably always wanna pitch well…

  2. keithbangedyermom - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    His diminished stuff works well in relief. Non story. He always had a wipeout slider.

    • Mark - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      His “diminished stuff” has him averaging 93.9 MPH on his fastball.

      • keithbangedyermom - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        Yes, he got fat and out of shape as soon as he signed his contract with the Mets. Now he has to work for his contracts. Because of ineffectiveness, he got to rest his arm the last two years and now he can come back and be a two-pitch guy out of the pen.

      • wickedworld123 - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        He’s also pitching in relief where he can let it fly, though. If he had came up as a reliever initially he probably would’ve been throwing 96.

  3. SmackSaw - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Relax and throw strikes. The pressure is off in Seattle.

  4. riggz91 - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Ollie P always went through stretches were he was dominant. Before long he would ended up walking 5 or 6 guys in a row. Once he gets a little failure the wheels will fall of da bus.

  5. riggz91 - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Ollie P always went through stretches where he was dominant. Before long he would ended up walking 5 or 6 guys in a row. Once he gets a little failure the wheels will fall of da bus.

  6. thatyankeedude - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Ha it seriously feels like he has pitched forever

  7. vegagreenleaf - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    And in related news, the rest of the Mariners suck outside of Felix and Wilhelmsen…

  8. cur68 - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Yeah, he’s a princess now, but he’ll be a pumpkin by midnight…or something. You can pretty much count on Ollie to be Ollie soon. I hope I’m wrong (’cause what kind of person wants a ballplayer to suck?) but I saw enough of the guy to know that the biggest problem he has is between the ears. In all likelihood, unless there’s been a TJS for the Cerebral Collateral Ligament, he’s still that guy that The Poor Mets knew.

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