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9/14 Game Thread: Shea Goodbye

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Today, Jorge Campillo will face Oliver Perez, in the Braves' last game at Shea. Perez usually kills us, and Campillo's been pitching poorly of late, so by the laws of anti-logic -- which the Braves' season has followed to a T -- we should win today's rubber match. The Mets are 2.5 games ahead of the Phillies, so it'd be awfully nice if we could beat them. Perez does kill us for some reason, though. His career ERA's 4.38, but it's 3.46 against us, with 6 wins. He's 6-4 against the Braves, his second-most wins against any team. (He has 9 wins against the Reds.) He walks too many people -- in his career he has 514 walks in 976 2/3 IP -- and he gives up a fair number of homers. But he has a terrific fastball and terrific slider, and he has a career K/9 of 9.31. This year, he's got an ERA of 4.15, below his career mark but more than a half-run higher than last year. And he's set career highs in HBP and wild pitches this year. But, like the whole team, he's been playing better since they fired Willie Randolph and pitching coach Rick Peterson, with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts since the Tuesday Night Massacre after having a 4.98 ERA in 14 starts before it. So he's pitching much better now than he was at the start of the season. Still, he's erratic. Maybe we'll catch him on an off day.
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