hybrid wrote:I'm not saying drop him, cause everyone obviously took him fairly high, so you have to hang on to him and hope he turns it around.
With that in mind, I don't understand why people keep bringing up Santana and trying to compare the two. Besides just having a high ERA and being lefties, they don't have anything really in common.
A big reason why most thought Santana was doing poorly was due to tipping his pitches. Also he still had a pretty good BB/K ratio (19/54). Santana's WHIP was 1.50 over the first two months and only 1.34 in the first month.
Perez has just been flat out awful, his WHIP is 1.86. His walk ratio is the highest in his young career, and he isn't showing any progress. If you saw his game against the Astros, he didn't pitch as well as his stats indicate. His BB/K ratio is now an ungodly 23/28.
You really have to wonder if there is something wrong with him, like an injury. Because he has regressed to beyond even a few years ago when he was wild.
He may be hurt. I've said it so many times already (I've also said it in public drafts where the idiots think a tough delivery isn't basis for future problems) that Oliver Perez's throwing motion cannot be good for his arm. He's #1 on my list for future Tommy John surgery, although the Cubs' pitchers are close. Livan's PCs are insane, but he's a machine.
I wouldn't go as far as dropping him, though. Just think of how dominant he was last year. He also had tremendous potential prior to that...just that nobody thought he'd break out this soon. I probably wouldn't start him until he irons his problems out, but his immense potential simply makes him too valuable to flat out drop.