Seven free passes put in perspective

Seven free passes put in perspective

NEW YORK -- Mets starter Oliver Perez walked seven batters and allowed three runs -- two scoring on bases-loaded walks and the other when he hit a batter with the bases loaded -- in 2 2/3 innings against the Phillies on Wednesday night.

Some perspective on that:

Only once previously had a Mets starter walked at least seven batters and retired 10 or fewer batters. When Mike Torrez established the club record for bases on balls allowed, 10 on July 21, 1983, he retired 10 batters.

On 53 other occasions, a Mets starter allowed at least seven walks, but in only five of those instances did the starter not retire at least 15 batters (Twice by Bruce Berenyi and one each by Jason Jacome, Sid Fernandez and Steve Trachsel).

Perez had walked seven in a game five times previously -- all starts. But in each instance, he pitched at least 3 2/3 innings, and in three of them, he pitched at least five innings. He split two decisions and had three no-decisions. And on only one occasion did he allow more than two runs.

He, Randy Johnson (21 times), Chan Ho Park and Tim Wakefield (seven times each), and Jamey Wright (six) have the most starts of seven or more walks among active pitchers.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.