The Mets Are Experiencing A Home Field Disadvantage

You don’t have to be a numbers-obsessed Mets fan like me to realize that the team has been playing pretty badly at Citi Field over the past few years.  But sometimes the numbers help to advance and enhance the narrative. For example, since the beginning of the 2011 campaign, the Mets have gone 105-145 in games played at Citi Field.  Meanwhile, over the same time period, the team...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tickets are Tree Fiddy, Yet The Mets get Shutdown by Lurch

Well the guy the Mets looked over this past off-season is currently leading the National League in ERA (0.70). While the remains of John Lannan had an eye popping ERA of 15.75. Should I care that 35-year-old Lurch is pitching the best he has since 2006? Probably not. What I do care about is that this Mets team just got one-hit by the Braves. I can’t stand the friends I...
Via Metstradamus
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Through the looking glass: Opening Day

From 1994 through 2007, I attended almost every home opener in Pittsburgh at PNC Park and Three Rivers Stadium. Home openers are a weird thing when you don’t have much hope for the upcoming season; you’re excited that baseball is back, but it’s hard to be truly optimistic about what’s in front of you, as a fan. My memories of all of those home openers have very little to...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks release final 25-man roster

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)   The Diamondbacks have released their 25-man roster for Opening Day (in the United States) via a post on the team’s official Facebook page. The roster is as follows: Pitchers: Bronson Arroyo Trevor Cahill Josh Collmenter Randall Delgado Will Harris Brandon McCarthy Wade Miley Oliver Perez J.J. Putz Addison Reed Ryan Rowland-Smith Joe Thatcher Brad Ziegler...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
20 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs season preview: Will changes yield playoff spot?

Arizona Diamondbacks 2013: 81-81, second in the NL West Manager: Kirk Gibson (fourth season) Key additions: Mark Trumbo, Bronson Arroyo, Addison Reed, Oliver Perez Key losses: Adam Eaton, Heath Bell, Tyler Skaggs Offense: Paul Goldschmidt had the most productive offensive season (.302, 36 homers, 125 RBI) in the National League in 2013, finishing second in the MVP race. He...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Playing Unreasonable Hardball With Harvey

The New York Mets have long been accused of mishandling injuries, from Carlos Beltran to Ryan Church to David Wright to Oliver Perez to Ike Davis. That’s only a few. HARVEY: Irritated by Mets’ position. (AP) Mishandling ranges across a broad spectrum and you can see storm clouds forming with Matt Harvey. A few weeks ago, I took Harvey to task for his adamant stance of wanting...
Via New York Mets Report
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Perez brings power to Diamondbacks' bullpen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Towers scouted Oliver Perez at 15, signed him for the Padres at 16, watched him throw seven shutout innings against the Diamondbacks in his seventh major league start in 2002 and was so taken by his conversion to the bullpen that he tried to get him from the Mariners at the 2013 trading deadline. Together again, Towers praised Perez's power arm and...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks sign Oliver Perez to two-year deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed left handed relief pitcher Oliver Perez to a two-year deal. Perez, 32, will receive $4.5 million over the course of the deal. He figures to occupy a spot a spot as one of the left handed options out of the bullpen for the Diamondbacks. Last season Perez pitched for the Seattle Mariners posting a 3.16 ERA and 98 strike outs over 82 2/3 innings of work.
Via Tireball.com
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Left-hander Ollie Perez agrees to 2-year D-Backs deal

Oliver Perez has agreed to a deal with the Diamondbacks, sources say. The deal will be for $4.5 million over two years. Perez resurrected his career in Seattle as a reliever after a tough time starting with the Mets following a $36 million, three-year deal. Perez will provide a needed lefty for Arizona's bullpen. Several other teams, mostly in the National League, expressed...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks rumors: Oliver Perez signs two-year deal worth $4.25 Million

Earlier this week, Arizona Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson sounded off in frustration about the production his left-handed pitchers have given him over the last year. That sparked demand for additional power from the left side of the mound and that's exactly what General Manager Kevin Towers added when he signed Oliver Perez to a two-year deal early Friday evening.Perez, who...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks crowded bullpen has a new lefty

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with left-hander Oliver Perez on a two-year contract Friday, adding another left-hander to an already crowded bullpen, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported. Perez, 32, spent his first nine major league seasons primarily as a starter before being converted into a reliever in 2012, the first of two seasons in the Seattle bullpen. He was...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lefty Oliver Perez joins crowded D-backs bullpen

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with left-hander Oliver Perez on a two-year contract Friday, adding another left-hander to an already crowded bullpen, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported. Perez, 32, spent his first nine major league seasons primarily as a starter before being converted into a reliever in 2012, the first of two seasons in the Seattle bullpen. He was...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Beginning The Navigation Of Seasonal Land Mines

Let the games begin. And let the fear wash over you. See, as much as I get excited for baseball season, I also fear the inevitable mini-disasters that befall our baseball team every season. Case in point, I turn on SNY and Keith Hernandez starts talking about Curtis Granderson. They roll out some footage (which I have learned that in the business, they call it "b-roll"...
Via Metstradamus
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Oliver Perez yet to decide on team

Free agent relief pitcher Oliver Perez has reportedly draw interest from a number of teams as a left-handed option out of the bullpen. Coming off a solid season for the Seattle Mariners, Perez was reportedly deciding between four teams at this time last week. Nick Cafardo reported that a decision was expected soon. In 53 innings last season, Perez posted a 3.74 ERA and a 12.6 K...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Ralph Kiner: 1922 - 2014

I'm sure that I've mentioned this more than once in the past, but when I was a really young kid one of my favorite things in the entire world was a VHS tape named The Battling Bucs: The First 100 Years of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The portion of the tape that covered the late 1940s and early 1950s mostly talked about Kiner and his prodigious power (and it may have been that...
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Oliver Perez, Somehow A Potential Bargain

Oliver Perez has had a pretty fascinating career path, and while I hardly need to bring you through his entire history, it’d be remiss to start an article about him without at least touching on his backstory briefly. Drafted by the Padres, he was shipped to Pittsburgh in the Brian Giles trade, where he put […]
Via Fangraphs
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets’ Management Insults Fans’ Intelligence

The last couple of off-seasons, many of us have entertained the possibility that the Mets would be daring and take a shot, only to be disappointed on a year-to-year basis. The biggest signings of recent memory? Well, there’s Jason Bay, Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and more, but that certainly can’t be blamed on Sandy Alderson. Omar Minaya set us back, but he’s not the only person...
Via The Daily Stache
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitcher Oliver Perez on Nationals’ radar

The Washington Nationals are looking to bolster their bullpen this off season and another name from the free agent pool has drawn their interest. As reported by Adam Kilgore at washingtonpost.com, a person familiar with the Nationals’ situation says that the team is interested in left-handed relief pitcher Oliver Perez.  The veteran relief pitcher pitched for the Nationals’...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals have interest in Oliver Perez

Add another name to the list of left-handed relievers the Nationals are targeting. The Nationals, according a person familiar with the situation, have significant interest in Mariners free agent Oliver Perez, a 32-year-old whose resurrection as a reliever started when he pitched for Class AA Harrisburg in the Nationals’ system in 2011. With Seattle last season, Perez struck out...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Possible free agent options that can help the Indians bullpen

Entering the 2013 season, the bullpen looked to be an area of strength for Cleveland, with top set up men Joe Smith and Vinnie Pestano, and closerChris Perez.  While Smith performed well all season, Pestano and Perez both struggled and the bullpen often times left fans clinging to the edges of their seats. With Smith entering free agency, Perez being released, and Pestano working...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Offseason Primer: Top 10 Free Agent Left-Handed Relievers

Welcome to TOC's offseason primers! We haven't officially reached the offseason yet, but it's never too early to look at the best players on the free agent market. Today, we take a look at the best free agent left-hander relief pitchers available. It may not be the sexiest segment of the free agent market, but in this era of bullpen specialization, left-handed relievers...
Via The Outside Corner
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

My top 5 2013 Seattle Mariners pet peeves

Can it get any worse? I’ve taken quite a few pot shots at the Seattle Mariners‘ brass this past week as the team wrapped up another abysmal season.  It occurs to me however, that there is plenty of blame to go around. While I’m sure Howard Lincoln is part of the problem, not the solution, let’s call all of Lincoln’s blunders #1 on my list of my Top 5 pet peeves from 2013...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Caught Looking: The New York Mets Dynasty That Never Was

“Did you hear the fans chanting MVP to Oliver Perez yesterday afternoon?” I eagerly asked my friend on Monday, October 4th, 2010 in. He snickered. “I don’t watch the Mets. You shouldn’t, either. The Yankees are going to win it all this year. It doesn’t make sense to be a Mets fan.” I sighed. “Well, maybe, but the Mets are going to be in a position to win the division...
Via Around Citi
October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Why I can’t watch playoff baseball

Yes, it’s totally immature. It’s selfish and just wrong. But I can’t watch playoff baseball. Let me start off by saying baseball is the greatest game on this planet. I live and breathe the game. I love calling myself a Mets fan, watching Mets games, writing about the Mets and being a part of this fan-base. Though it seems that with every passing season and every missed playoff...
Via Mets360.com
October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

September Hasn’t Been So Amazin’ For Mets Since ’07 Collapse

The 2007 New York Met collapse did more than break the hearts of the Met faithful. The September disintegration that fall, set in motion a string of subsequent baseball finishes that have left the Mets shattered at each season’s end ever since. No one would have predicted a September slide of epic proportions back in 2007. In fact, when Oliver Perez bested Tim Hudson for his...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

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