Chris Perez to Cardinal Bullpen: Peter Fleischer Knew Best

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IMay 27, 2008

About three weeks ago, fellow columnist Peter Fleischer wrote a spot-on article about Chris Perez. Fleischer said that with the struggles of Jason Isringhausen, Perez should be in the Cardinal bullpen soon.

That following week, manager Tony LaRussa announced that Perez would be called up. What a great idea. Perez is now one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the majors; he certainly throws the fastest pitch the Cardinals have seen in a while.

Through 4.2 innings pitched, Perez is 1-0 with 5 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA.  The thought of this 22-year-old flamethrower being our long-term solution at closer is exciting beyond belief.

Not only does he have Billy Koch-esque heat, but his slider and curve are both above average.

This morning on Cardinals Radio, I heard an interview with Perez's fellow rookie bullpen hurler Kyle McClellan.  He said he knew it would only be a matter of time before Perez was up the bigs.

"This guy has some incredible stuff," McClellan said.  "He makes it look so effortless, especially compared to guys like me and [Mike] Parisi [another bullpen rookie]."

If Perez can continue to dominate with his sick pitches, Cardinals fans can get the cancer that has been Isringhausen out of sight.  For now and hopefully for the future, Perez is our guy.