March 3.10: Positive reports so far on Perez.

It’s only spring training, and more to the point, it is only throwing off the mound and batting practice in spring training, but the reports so far have been good on Oliver Perez, beginning with his upbeat attitude and showing up in good shape.

PEREZ: Hoping for the best.

Perez spent the offseason working out as a sports institute in Arizona, where he worked on his conditioning and mechanics.

It is the latter where the first spring impression has been the greatest, with Perez throwing with a consistency, from his wind-up to his arm slot to his delivery. The result has been a better command and movement on his pitches. This is also something Sandy Koufax preached to Perez during his visits to Port St. Lucie.

Perez, entering the second season of a three-year contract, is slotted third in the rotation behind Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey. In 2007, Perez won 15 games for the Mets to give us a glimpse of what could be. The last two years he’s shown more of those glimpses, but all too often gave us the Bad Ollie.

The Mets, thinking of those positive moments, didn’t bite on rotation help this winter, instead believing in the promise of Perez and Pelfrey. So far, the Mets have been pleased with how he’s throwing, but we’ve heard that before.

Spring training is for the promise of better things, and here’s hoping Perez keeps the headscratching to a minimum this year.

6 thoughts on “March 3.10: Positive reports so far on Perez.

  1. Yep, that is the beauty of ST, I can let myself be delusional for a little bit and wonder about the what-ifs of Perez putting it all together this year, Beltran coming back with a vengeance and winning an MVP and Reyes stealing 90 bases with a 380 OBP…

    On a slightly less delusional note though, the early reports on Perez are encouraging, as is the fact that he can’t be worse than last year…he can’t right?

  2. The distortion of that image on the first page reminds me of an old video game…

  3. I remember the yearly ones in the early 1990s on how Dwight Gooden was back..he was breaking bats with his pitches, the catcher’s glove was popping on his fastball.
    Sounds great but let’s see what happens come April 5th.

  4. Its the same everywhere. In the Pitt Post-Gazette they write about the new Milledge who suddenly knows the right way to play the game. Believe that one as much as the Met hype.

  5. I turned on MLB Network to see the Mets playing the Cardinals and turned it off after one inning. Why?
    The presence of R.A. Dickey on the mound for the Mets. He literally looks like a homeless guy I saw last week on the corner of Sansome and Sacramento Streets in San Francisco.
    He’s a 35-year-old journeyman knuckleballer who has bounced around from place to place. Give me a break. He’ll never make the Opening Day roster. The Mets might as well have plucked some guy off the street to pitch today.
    Well, at least Dickey’s haggardly look fits the part.