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Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Maybe not tomorrow, a week from now, or even a month from now; but sometime this season Cards reliever Chris Perez could see some save opportunities. Even though it may appear on the surface current closer Ryan Franklin is pitching great, (1.35 ERA, 12 for 13 in save opps) he is not dominating hitters with a mere 15 strikeouts in 20 innings and is benefiting from an absurd .195 BABIP. Based on his peripherals he is pitching at the level of a 4.00 ERA pitcher.
In contrast, Perez has shown improved command over his last six appearances, having given up only one walk and continues to blow hitters away with a K/9 in the elevens. Perez has struggled with controls issues in the past, so it is critical to keep an eye on his walk rates and make sure they continue to fall. When he limits the free passes though, Perez is a tough pitcher to score runs against and just might regain the closer role he almost won in Spring Training.
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