cordscords wrote:For some reason I don't really like Perez. He had the best K per INN ratio last year and that's always nice. But for some reason he doesnt strike me as appealing. Could be because he plays 4 the Pirates.
I rode that Pirates pitching train with Kris Benson for years now and I keep getting bounced every time. I just don't see Pit giving its starters much help.
You're probably right...
There is always hope for the offense this year - probably more this year than in years previous due to Bay/J. Wilson doing very well last year, the "threat" of Lawton at leadoff, and the "power" of C. Wilson cleaning up.
But, it was essentially a similar situation last year with Kendall in place of Lawton...therefore, I'm not seeing an offensive explosion helping Oliver out this year.
I'm hoping that the bullpen will be a little more "solid" this year with Torres doing well and Gonzalez on the rise (Mesa, please don't implode!) Maybe they will not blow most of the close games that I know Perez will be involved in this year. Pitching against opposing staff aces will invariably mean lots of 1 and 2 run games, and I'm hoping we can keep the lead when Lloyd pulls Oliver after the 7th inning.
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