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Postby Old_Style » Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:29 pm

he threw a complete game shutout against the braves, while only give up one walk and throwing 107 pitches. simply amazing.

is this a sign of things to come for next season or is it just what he can potentially become but never will? :-?
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Postby cordscords » Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:31 pm

At this point, who really knows? Until he fixes his control, he will be what he's been the past 2 years.

And by fixing his control I need to see 3 straight starts with 3 walks or less before I think he has a chance to become dominant again.
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Postby d18Mike » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:01 pm

Control -- and approach. I've never seen a pitcher spiral down the way Perez does when he hits a rough patch. A lot of good pitchers can give up a walk, hit or live through an error, hit the reset button and move on. Perez seems to sweat the little stuff and his game falls apart. That's as hard to fix as control, I suspect.
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Postby UJ81 » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:02 pm

The sad thing is, I almost want to pick him up for my playoff run ... Someone help me!
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Postby Broncmet724 » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:03 pm

He was high 90s again this game, late into the game also. Last time he was out he was in the 80s <shrug> Maybe he can turn it around. But he is too inconsistent right now
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Postby bravelaker » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:20 pm

UJ81 wrote:The sad thing is, I almost want to pick him up for my playoff run ... Someone help me!



Pedro is coming back it is highly unlikely he holds that rotation spot and even if he did would you want to take a chance on starting that guy int he playoffs? :-o
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Postby Yoda » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:22 pm

Inconsistent... He'd have to string together 5-6 good to great starts before I take him seriously.
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Postby pokerplaya » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:41 pm

He HAD all the potential in the world. After tonight, perhaps he still HAS it, but that remains to be seen.

His stuff was dominant. He was filthy. He was spotting his pitches well, and his velocity was up there. I think most of it is in his head. If he can get past the mental blocks (which is a big if) that is 90% of the battle. He also seems to have erratic release points, which is causing him to be wild. But if he fixes the mental, I have no doubt that Petterson can help him with the physical.

He may very well never put together a winnings season with an ERA below 5. He could be out of baseball by his late 20's. (See Ankiel, Rick) He has all the talent in the world, but whether he harnesses it or not - only time will tell.

But tonight sure was impressive to watch. ;-D
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Postby The Big Stick » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:10 pm

I watched the game and thought I was seying things. He was great but, I am so afraid of starting this guy because he may just walk 10 hitters while he K's 10. I like to see the real O Perez stand up as well.
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Postby NZF » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:27 pm

Every dog has his day. I would like to see a few more starts like that before I even thought of starting him. That Braves lineup in the second game was barely AAA quality.
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