After close to two decades of dominance, the Braves have been figured out. The secret ingredient: Oliver Perez.
Perez dominated Atlanta again last night, in a 3–0 victory that puts the Mets 2.5 games back up in first place.
In his career, Perez is 5–3 against the Braves (2 of those losses came in 200 and 2004, when Perez was just a pup). He has a 2.87 ERA against them lifetime, the second lowest ERA he has vs. a National League team (he has a 2.76 ERA vs. Houston).
Perez continues to be one of the best stories of 2007. At the moment, he is vying to be pitcher of the month for May. So far this month, he 4–1 in 5 starts, with a 1.62 ERA. He’s had 27 strikeouts and only 11 walks.
In comparison, John Maine – a.k.a. the NL pitcher of the month for April – was 4–0 last month, with a 1.35 ERA, 30 strikeouts and 17 walks. Here’s hoping Perez’ June is better than Maine’s May.
Tonight: Glavine vs. Smoltz.