Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Random card. Pascual Perez.

Watching Pascual Perez pitch was a lot of fun. He joined the Expos in 1987, going 7-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 10 starts. He'd made 19 starts in the minors that year in Indianapolis, and only went 9-7 with a 3.79 ERA, so it wasn't like the Expos expected him to do so well. If they knew he was going to be so good, they'd have brought him up a lot sooner, and who knows, they might have won the division.

I distinctly recall watching Pascual pitch on TV against the Astros in Montreal one time (July 19, 1988). Pascual would throw the occasional blooper pitch, and it usually either fooled the hitter or they just let it go by. Well, this game he threw one to Glenn Davis. Glenn double clutched it, and hit the darn thing about as far as a ball could be hit. Pascual didn't throw too many bloopers after that one.

Interesting note. In checking the date of that home run, I noticed that Glenn Davis had a streak that year of 7 homers in a row with Bill Doran on base. The first 6 were 2 run shots, and the 7th also had Terry Puhl on base.

He also hit 8 straight solo shots in 1985.

Pascual, Carlos and Melido were 3 of the most talented pitchers of their times, and yet all 3 ended up having pretty disappointing careers.

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