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Damn! I guess you're right. I'll take a good big game pitcher in Oliver Perez who will be there pitching at the end of the year as opposed to a guy who is soft and will fall apart when it actually matters the most! Seems like good logic!
How does Oliver Perez not eat up innings? Or do you just remember the one game against the Giants where he got taken out in the first or second inning and forgot all the other times he pitched deep in games? Or maybe it was because he didn't pitch a ton of innings for the Pirates because, well, he was brought up way too young and they completely ruined his mechanics early on. Ever since he's been with the Mets he's been giving us a great amount of innings each season. But my god, if you really think that he isn't, I cannot even continue.
Oh and by the way, lets not forget how screwed he got (along with Santana) when the bull pen blew all those leads for him. He should easily have 15 wins.
No, I actually remember the fact that he's never pitched 200 innings before. Not even with the Mets or in his fluke 2004!
This is all you need to know chief.
Given a three-year deal at $36 million, the Mets are paying Perez as if heís a three-win pitcher, a figure Perez has only reached that breakout year in 2004. The Mets are essentially banking on Perez doubling his value while under contract from 2009-11 and thatís not a good bet. I donít know what kind of deal Ben Sheets is angling after, or what the extent of his medical reports indicate, but given his projected FIPs, Ben Sheets only has to average 76 innings per year to match Oliver Perez in value.