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New York Mets 2009 Rundown: Oliver Perez

Andrew WhartonCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2009

2008 Season Stats:

34 GS, 10-7, 4.22 ERA, 194 IP, 180 SO, .234/.338/.387 vs. hitters.

First of all, I would just like to say welcome back, Ollie! Now that's out of the way, let's get serious here. There's just no other way to put it; Perez was disappointing in 2008.

A very rocky start in the first half of the season led to confidence issues and inconsistency for Oliver, but luckily he rebounded somewhat once Manuel and Warthen took over.

Like Mike Pelfrey, Perez showed flashes of brilliance under Warthen and seemed to be much more in control of the game. Yes, the possibility of seeing "bad Ollie" was still there any given night, but the possibility of seeing "lights-out Ollie" was a bit higher.

Also like Pelfrey, he is very young still (27) and has some electrifying stuff, and if you ask me, that is what prompted Minaya to bring him back with a three-year contract this offseason. However, time is starting to run out for Perez and the patience of fans and ownership is starting to run thin, so he needs to get it together and pitch the way he knows he can pitch most of the time.

Having just signed a three-year deal, I worry that he will not push as hard as he would in a contract year, but then again he wasn't too great last season either when he knew he would be a free agent. This is just one of those cases where you hope everything just clicks for him in 2009.

Prediction:

35 GS, 15-6, 3.88 ERA, 201 IP, 185 SO, .230/.343/.390 vs. hitters.

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